How to Download Music to Your iPod Without iTunes

By Jacqui Lane

Although the iPod is designed to integrate seamlessly with iTunes, Apple's proprietary media software, it may not be the best option for everyone. Users who are running an operating system other than Windows or Macintosh have no choice but to use an alternative program to organize and transfer their music. Fortunately, there are several programs available for people who prefer not to use iTunes. These alternatives are usually smaller in file size as well, making them suitable for users without broadband Internet.

Step 1

Choose which alternative to iTunes you want to use. Floola, EphPod and YamiPod are programs that will let you organize and transfer music to your iPod without using iTunes.

Step 2

Download and install the program of your choice. Select the most recent version available for your operating system.

Step 3

Import your music library into the program after installation is complete. Some programs, like YamiPod, will let you do this by dragging and dropping the music folder into the library window. Other programs may have the "Import" option located in the File or Tools menu at the top of the screen.

Step 4

Connect your iPod to the computer using the included FireWire or USB cable. It should be recognized by the program that you have installed.

Step 5

Copy music from the song library you have set up in the program to your iPod. This is often done by clicking on a song or artist and dragging it to your iPod, which may be located beside or below your music library. Such programs also often include the option to automatically sync your iPod with your computer. This option is typically located in the Tools menu.