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Floola

At a Glance
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Lightweight and full-featured, Floola is a comprehensive replacement for Apple's iTunes software, capable of performing virtually all of the functions of the official management utility. The program, with versions available for Windows, Linux, and the Mac OS, can even run from a thumbdrive or the iPod itself--it doesn't require any installation. ptage

In addition to being able to move music, photos, and videos to the player, Floola can also manage podcast downloads; create and upload playlists; convert video files to an iPod-compatible format, and can upload Web videos from sites such as YouTube to the iPod just by entering the URL. The program supports both lyrics and album art, as well, and can also play back media stored on the iPod through the connected computer on which it's running. Floola can also manage media files on other devices that use iTunes, such as some models of Motorola cellphones and the iPhone.

Although Floola's not the only free alternative iPod manager application available, this open-source alternative to iTunes, with its Spartan user interface, provides an easy, installation-free way to handle virtually all common tasks that you'd need to do with iTunes.

--Andrew Brandt

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At a Glance
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