Android, iTunes and iSyncr, oh my!

I am the happy owner of a Droid X, which is not jailbroken. It's currently running Android version 2.2.1. I also have been using iTunes (I know, I know) on my laptop, because I'm fairly happy with the way it has been organizing my music. The problem, of course, is getting iTunes to organize my music on the Droid. To this end I purchases an app called iSyncr quite a while back. It works by allowing you to set playlists in iTunes, and using those to move music across to your Droid.

Unfortunately, it doesn't do a great job. When I use the standard music player, if I look at the artists or albums, they are a jumbled mess. I suspect that the main problem is that I have a LOT of mix albums - electronica and house being more or less the mainstay of my music collection.

So my question is, does anyone know of a good way to organize my rather large music collection both on the laptop and on the Droid? And how about a decent music / media player for the Droid? If this requires me to abandon iTunes, so be it. I'm not happy in the direction it has been going anyway. I would like something that has a clean interface, and that will recognize and deal with mix albums. Also, it absolutely cannot insert an artificial pause when going to the next track, be it on CD or MP3, if there is not one there (mix albums again). Doing that makes Rallick a sad panda.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Assuming iSyncr puts music onto the phone in some soft of folder structure that makes sense, I'd have you check out PowerAMP. It handles folder organization well and allows you to ignore the media library Android builds that most players pull from.

I think it has a free trial period, then is a few dollars to purchase if you like it.

I use iSyncr as well. It puts the music in whatever order it is in on the playlist. I would suggest using iTunes to create smart playlists based on genre (or something) and syncing the multiple playlists. That way you organize or if you just want to jump from song to song, just select "Songs" on the phone.

How about Winamp? It even allows wireless sync.

I just installed winamp on my droid to try it, but I'm hesitant to install it on my pc. It requires that I buy Winamp Pro to be able to rip my CDs to MP3, which is functionality I can get for free in iTunes. And it seems to be hobbled in certain other ways too, unless I fork over $20 for Pro. I might just try it and see how I like it other than that, to see if it's worth the money.

Rallick wrote:

I just installed winamp on my droid to try it, but I'm hesitant to install it on my pc. It requires that I buy Winamp Pro to be able to rip my CDs to MP3, which is functionality I can get for free in iTunes. And it seems to be hobbled in certain other ways too, unless I fork over $20 for Pro. I might just try it and see how I like it other than that, to see if it's worth the money.

I always rip CDs in something else. I use EAC with the LAME MP3 encoder.

Not as easy, but better quality.

If you just want to manage your music collection and sync to the phone, just use the free Winamp. There are tons of ways to rip and encode for free as well, so you can use something else for that (including itunes).

Rallick wrote:

I just installed winamp on my droid to try it, but I'm hesitant to install it on my pc. It requires that I buy Winamp Pro to be able to rip my CDs to MP3, which is functionality I can get for free in iTunes. And it seems to be hobbled in certain other ways too, unless I fork over $20 for Pro. I might just try it and see how I like it other than that, to see if it's worth the money.

You don't need to pay for Winamp to have a functional ripping program. I use Winamp on my computer but I use CDEX for ripping, which is free, easy to use and well supported. There are other like EAC which are also good programs.

I used Cdex in the past and thought it was great. I haven't ripped anything in forever but if I were going to start I'd use Cdex.

EAC is actually really easy to setup now a days, I just installed it a couple of months ago to rip some comedy cd's I'd bought direct. Just have to follow the guide and it works pretty well.

http://blowfish.be/eac/

bah, double post..

It used to be that free Winamp could rip cd's to MP3, albeit at lower speed. Has this changed?

I should have also posted the alternative, which I have not used. Double Twist is also an itunes style phone/PC software combo.

This morning I got a Google Music invite, so let's see how that does. Of course, it's taking some time to upload my music, but so far so good. It's also seeing my podcasts as music, but if each podcasts gets its own 'album' I don't mind too much. Fingers crossed it will handle my mix albums well!