Windows media player vs. itunes question

my family has products that are generic mp3 players (sony products) using windows media player and apple (iphone and ipad) products that need to use iTunes.

what I really have two different copies of my music on my PC libraries to manage two types of devices?

the player windows media allow for iPhone or iPad instead of iTunes?

can you tell me any documentation or article which discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the two and provides recommendations on how to support the two players on the same PC?

given a choice - if we are really to have two copies of the files - which I think we do but am not 100% sure - while would you - load Windows Media Player first and then import them into iTunes, or vice versa?

I tried both, but it seems to mess up the representation of the library and search for music files.

Is it possible to do so and have reasonable library for both products organisation?

I should potentially rip my cd of in the two products separately, rather than do an import of the library from one to the other?

any help or suggestion concerning best practices would be appreciated.

Thank you.


As long as you follow the MP3 format, there is no need to do a conversion. Both WMP and iTunes should be able to manage libraries of music very well, and you can point them both to the same places (no need to maintain two separate copies).

As an alternative to iTunes, you can also use Winamp iPod support. To import the WMP library in Winamp (and keep it synchronized), you can use Windows Media Player Import plugin.

Tim Baets

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