Using CopyTrans Manager as an iTunes Alternative
One of the best ways to use an iPod nano without iTunes is by downloading and installing CopyTrans Manager. This slick piece of software syncs new music and movies from your computer or your network onto your iPod nano within a matter of seconds. As soon as you launch the software, you will be prompted to plug in your iPod nano. In just a few seconds, the entire list of everything on your iPod nano will appear in the software window.
From here you can manage music, movies, and existing podcasts to your heart's desire. You may also create new playlists (something particularly difficult to do in some versions of iTunes), delete existing playlists or edit the ones you already have on the iPod nano.
It's also easy to manage song properties on CopyTrans. Just right click on a file in the window and rename the song, the artist, album and genre and apply Album Art right from your computer.
Syncing new songs and movies to the iPod nano is fairly easy. In most versions of CopyTrans, you can drag and drop songs from folders into the software pane. Otherwise, just click "Add" and browse through folders on your computer to sync new media.
CopyTrans also offers some paid upgrades. You can manage photos, repair the iPod, create backups and manage iPod libraries, depending on your needs.