I’ve long loathed iTunes for the same reason I do Apple. It’s an ecosystem meant to minimize deviation from Apple’s choices for users. They decide, you follow.
Not me. I run Windows and multiple Android devices. There isn’t a single DRM version of anything — music, video, ebook — anywhere. I have them where I want, when I want, how I want.
For those wanting to load and unload media from their Apple devices without iTunes, look for Copy Trans Manager in any search engine. So easy it’s amazing how few know about this alternative. (I only know about this application because my wife has a Nano and I refuse to install iTunes to load music onto it for her.)
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