Let’s face it, iTunes is a bit of a bloated mess. What started out as a handy jukebox has somehow turned into the music-selling, app-syncing behemoth that we are all so beholden to if we want to own an iOS device.

That means iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches all rely on iTunes as their way of keeping things in check – syncing songs, videos, apps, and playlists is all done via iTunes and one of those white USB sync cables. It’s how we’ve always done it, and it is how Apple wants you to do it.

Now yes, Apple has been keen to bring its ‘PC-free’ world to the iOS devices we all carry around. But what if you want to keep all your media on a computer and then sync it across to an iOS device without having to deal with all this cloud stuff? If iTunes is not your bag, then you might want to give CopyTrans Manager a try.

CopyTrans Manager’s aim is a simple one – remove the need to use iTunes in order to manage an iOS device. The only stipulation is that you are using Windows – no Mac version here, unfortunately. That’s what we all use VMWare/Parallels/”insert emulation software here,” for, right?

What you get when you download CopyTrans Manager is basically what I would call iTunes Lite. One similarity the app has with iTunes is its price: free! We like free, so that’s a point for CopyTrans Manager right off the bat.

If iTunes can handle your syncing needs, then the chances are that CopyTrans Manager can, too. I tried syncing music and videos to an iPad 2 with no issues, and the iTunes-less syncing of apps is a strange experience because it probably isn’t something you’ve ever done without iTunes before. It is amazing how we associate actions with an application, and syncing apps with iTunes is a good example.

The whole interface inside CopyTrans Manager is drag-and-drop, making the whole experience of getting apps and content onto or off of an iOS device as easy as clicking a mouse button. Users can either have the app sync when told, or have it make changes on the fly for those feeling particularly brave. Both options worked well during my testing, though leaving everything and syncing changes at once is very much my preferred method, but that is possibly my iTunes roots coming through!

If you can get past CopyTrans Manager’s Windows-only compatibility, and have a loathing for iTunes, then this app has to be worth a shot. At the super cheap price of free, I don’t see what you have to lose.

Give it a try. You might like it!

  • Apple will sue CopyTrans in 3…2…

    • CopyTrans has been around for a few years.

      • Anonymous

        That and a million other “paid” applications for Win & Mac.lol.

        Truth is, they could never sue them because when u buy an iDevice, well it’s your device and you can do whatever you want with it. Use whatever program ou want w/ it. Hence the fact that jailbreakinv is not illegal.
        Tho when you leave the Apple protocol you also risk your warranty. Oh well.

  • No Mac support? Useless…

    • Anonymous

      Windows ftw 🙂

  • Anonymous

    whats with the “itsy bitsy white USB sync cables”? are you still in the dark ages? since syncing over wifi became available i consigned mine to the bottom drawer

    • True. Unfortunately, you still have to use an “itsy bitsy white” power cord to even wifi sync.

      • Anonymous

        hmm has something changed? because when i had itunes running on my home network i used to be able to sync via Settings/General/Wifi sync without the USB. if its changed whats the point of wifi sync..

    • Anonymous

      Wifi sync is slow sometimes.

      • Anonymous

        actually the option to select sync on the iphone greys out when i disconnect from the power source, this contradicts what i used to be able to do and dismisses websites that indicate as long as “sync with this iphone over wifi” is enabled the USB cable shouldnt be needed. as i said before if something has changed meaning the USB is required then the whole option to sync (untethered) over wifi is a farce.

      • Anonymous

        ok, waited a while (quite a while) and the option to sync without USB became available. my device is listed in the left pane of itunes without being tethered, although sometimes it disappears then reappears again lol. thanks for your help.

  • been using this with my 3gs but they still have no support for ios 5 🙁 once they do ill be back to using it 🙂

  • I have been using this for over 6 months but there must be an update because it doesn’t synch apps for me

  • HI OLIVER ET ALL, have you really installed this application? My Trend micro Antivirus has detected the website as dangerous, also when I have downloaded the application my antivirus has detected a trojan file so it has blocked from internet connection. Pls be careful, I´m not sure if you guys at IDB really review the applications before posting it or just copy videos and information from other websites

  • Dan

    Might try this out when i get back home, getting tired of itunes crashing on me.

  • Anonymous

    when i download a mp3 song why i cant find in music library ? but i have top open it using ifile? i need a solution for this :S

  • The One

    I much prefer CopyTrans, but I switched to Mac, and there is no option for Mac. That really sucks. Does anyone know if they plan on making a Mac version? I don’t have parallels, because I don’t want to pay over $100 for Windows on my Mac. Any other options?

  • Anonymous

    Thy should really state that this does not work with CDMA iPhone so people don’t waist there time downloading it.

    • The One

      Actually, it works with both of my CDMA Iphones.

  • Anonymous

    I like the sponsored tag. Then you know not to trust the article at all because they are getting paid to praise it.

  • KewlDewd

    How is iTunes a bloated mess? I’ve been using it forever now and have always felt like it plays and manages my media just fine. There are features of it I don’t use, but they don’t get in my way. I’m not saying nothing is better, I just haven’t tried anything else in a long time. And I just haven’t felt like I needed to. What’s wrong with iTunes?

    • Anonymous

      for me iTunes is bloated because it duplicates anything you add to it’s library, ie if you added 400Gb of photo’s, music, videos etc it will copy those files into the iTunes Media folder. i wish the library would just cache from the original file location rather than duplicate it.

      • KewlDewd

        Sorry I’m just now replying. You can disable that. In preferences under Advanced just uncheck “copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library”. That option has always been there. Also, iTunes doesn’t manage photos. Your comment leads me to believe you aren’t familiar with iTunes at all.