3 entertaining tips for iTunes, iPods, and other digital music players

Love the iPod but hate iTunes? Want iTunes on an non-Apple player? Want lyrics to show up in iTunes? We can help.

You own an iPod but you hate iTunes. You love iTunes but you wish you could run it on your non-Apple player. You'd love to have the lyrics to your songs handy in iTunes (we'll help you do that if you promise to give fair warning to your coworkers that you could burst into song at any time).

We've got the answers for you.

Make a Generic MP3 Player Work With iTunes!

Love iTunes but hate the iPod? The free iTunes Sync app connects many non-Apple media players (other than the Microsoft Zune) to iTunes through their mass-storage modes. It'll work even with music phones that mount as a disk.

Download and install the tool, and then open iTunes. Attach your media player. Right-click the iTunes Sync taskbar icon, and pick Configure MP3 Players. Click Add. Type a name for your own reference, and navigate to the music folder in the second field. Select an option in the iTunes Playlist menu; this is the playlist that the software will sync. (Create a new one in iTunes first if necessary.) Click OK.

Right-click the iTunes Sync taskbar icon again, and choose Synchronize MP3 Player. Select the device in the drop-down menu if needed. Otherwise, click Sync MP3 Player, and the music will update.

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