1. chrisbirdsall's Avatar
    I use a Windows Laptop, but have used iTunes for a long time. I used to enjoy it, but now I am totally frustrated. I am ready to try an alternative....
    My situation and preferences:
    -Windows laptop
    -iPhone 6
    - I am not a fan of pay/month music streaming services
    - I still like to import physical CDs into my laptop
    - I enjoy creating and adding to Playlists
    - I enjoy using AirPlay in different rooms in my house
    IDEAS? STRATEGIES? ALTERNATIVES?
    Lee_Bo likes this.
    05-23-2018 10:55 AM
  2. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    Hello there, @chrisbirdsall. Welcome to iMore.

    When you get a moment, please introduce yourself here:
    https://forums.imore.com/new-forums-...yourself-here/

    As for your inquiry, what about a Plex media server?
    http://forums.imore.com/e?link=http%...token=1faccbsR

    While I am an Apple Music subscriber, I do have a few old movies that I have (legally) stored on my server and can watch anytime, and Plex fills that void. And you can also create your own playlists and invite other users to share your music.

    Hope this helps.

    ~Lee Bo
    Last edited by Lee_Bo; 05-24-2018 at 09:45 AM.
    05-23-2018 12:09 PM
  3. Sherry_B's Avatar
    We use a Sonos system throughout our house with custom built speakers and stereo components. Our music is stored on a NAS in the basement, and we do not use iTunes at all for any of it. Sonos has its own software (for Windows, OS X, iOS and Android) for when we listen to music, and we use DBPowerAmp for ripping music into FLAC from the CD's we purchase off Amazon. My husband is really picky about the sound leveling, so he uses FOOBAR to set replaygain.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-23-2018 08:27 PM
  4. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I use a Windows Laptop, but have used iTunes for a long time. I used to enjoy it, but now I am totally frustrated. I am ready to try an alternative....
    My situation and preferences:
    -Windows laptop
    -iPhone 6
    - I am not a fan of pay/month music streaming services
    - I still like to import physical CDs into my laptop
    - I enjoy creating and adding to Playlists
    - I enjoy using AirPlay in different rooms in my house
    IDEAS? STRATEGIES? ALTERNATIVES?
    Welcome to the forums. Counter question....have you considered Google Play Music? I'm not sure if it can be played through an AirPlay, but you should be able to upload all your music and create playlists.
    05-24-2018 09:51 AM

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