I'm getting tired of fighting with Apple's iTunes to get it to play my non-iTunes media. I've tried the 32-bit trick, and MOV files I remove from the library and add back no longer show up in the Movies or TV Shows categories, so that trick fails, as well.

Every time there's an update, Apple breaks support for AVI, MP4 and — most recently — MOV files not purchased from Apple's iTunes store. So what alternatives to iTunes exist that manage to support a mix of media that Apple now seems to go out of its way to break?


There's Usher, by ManyTricks, for $35. I haven't used it myself, but it looks great and follows iTunes/iPhoto's design principles. I trust ManyTricks to make a good app: they're behind my favorite window manager, Moom.

  • This looks interesting, I'll check it out. Thanks. – Alex Reynolds Jul 5 '12 at 17:39

When it comes to iTunes alternatives, I can think of three or four worthy alternatives.

A free, open-source tool which supports many formats and will allow you to upsampling for no cost at all.

Free source as well, a multi-platform player which is more of a music organizer and is pretty snappy.

It's like the anti-iTunes and will provide everything you expect from a music player.

It will cost you $8 in the MacApp Store, but it's worth it! It's very iOS-like and it integrates perfect with Mac OS X.

Although it will cost you some money, I strongly recommend Ecote!

  • I am not looking for music organizers, but iTunes-like applications which manage video media (as well as music). – Alex Reynolds Apr 17 '12 at 22:35

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