How To iPhone & iPod All of the Non-Apple MP3 Players That Are Compatible with iTunes Share Pin Email Print DavidGoh/DigitalVision Vectors/Getty Images iPhone & iPod Key Concepts Basics Installing & Upgrading Guides & Tutorials Tips & Tricks Switching from Android to iPhone by Sam Costello Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. Updated November 03, 2018 75 75 people found this article helpful When we think of the smartphones and MP3 players that are compatible with iTunes, the iPhone and iPod are probably the only things that come to mind for most people. Of course there are lots of other MP3 players on the market, but did you know that there are other MP3 players, made by companies other than Apple, that are compatible with iTunes? To take thing even further, did you know that many smartphones, with assistance from some add-on software, can also sync music with iTunes? Read on to learn all about the non-Apple devices that are compatible with iTunes. What Does iTunes Compatibility Mean? Being compatible with iTunes can mean two things: being able to sync content to an MP3 player or smartphone using iTunes, or being able to play music purchased from the iTunes Store. This article only focuses on being able to sync content using iTunes. To learn more about whether music bought at iTunes is compatible with non-Apple devices, check out How MP3 and AAC Are Different. All of the Current iTunes-Compatible MP3 Players For many years, the only MP3 players that were compatible with iTunes were made by Apple. That wasn't always true: there was a short time in the early days of iTunes when there were a lot of options (more on that in the next section). More recently, a new crop of high-end MP3 players have appeared that offer iTunes support. Thanks to the dominance of smartphones, relatively few traditional MP3 players are still being made, but the following devices do work with iTunes: Astell & Kern AK70 Astell & Kern AK JrFiio X7ONKYO DP-X1Pioneer XDP-300RPonoPlayerQuestyle QP1R DAPSony Walkman NW-ZX2Sony Walkman NWZ-A15. Discontinued MP3 Players That Were iTunes Compatible The situation was different in the past, though, when there were many more devices that worked with iTunes. In the early days of iTunes, Apple built support for a number of non-Apple devices into the Mac OS version of iTunes (the Windows version didn't support any of these players). Though these devices couldn't play music bought from the iTunes Store, and thus couldn't sync that music, they did work with MP3s managed through iTunes and acquired from other sources. The non-Apple MP3 players that were compatible with iTunes were: Creative Labs Nakamichi Nike SONICBlue/S3 Nomad II SoundSpace 2 psa]play 60 Rio One Nomad II MG psa]play120 Rio 500 Nomad II c Rio 600 Nomad Jukebox Rio 800 Nomad Jukebox 20GB Rio 900 Nomad Jukebox C Rio S10 Novad MuVo Rio S11 Rio S30S Rio S35S Rio S50 Rio Chiba Rio Fuse Rio Cali RioVolt SP250 RioVolt SP100 RioVolt SP90 All of these MP3 players are now discontinued. Support for them still exists in some older versions of iTunes, but those versions are years out of date at this point and that support will vanish when you upgrade iTunes. The HP iPod There's one other interesting footnote to iPod history that features a non-Apple MP3 player that worked with iTunes: the HP iPod. In 2004 and 2005, Hewlett-Packard licensed the iPod from Apple and sold iPods with the HP logo. Because these were true iPods just with a different logo on them, they were, of course, compatible with iTunes. The HP iPods were discontinued in 2005. Why iTunes Doesn't Support Non-Apple Devices Conventional wisdom might suggest that Apple should allow iTunes to support the largest number of devices possible in order to get the most users for iTunes and the iTunes Store that it can. While this makes some sense, it doesn't fit with how Apple prioritizes its businesses. The iTunes Store and the content available there is not the primary thing Apple wants to sell. Rather, Apple's top priority is to sell hardware — like iPods and iPhones — and it uses the easy availability of content at iTunes to do that. Apple makes the vast majority of its money on hardware sales. The profit it gets for selling a single iPhone is more than the profit for selling hundreds of songs at iTunes. If Apple were to allow non-Apple hardware to sync with iTunes, that might cause consumers to buy non-Apple devices, something the company wants to avoid whenever possible. Devices With iTunes Compatibility Blocked By Apple In the past, there have been some devices that could sync with iTunes out of the box. Both streaming software company Real Networks and portable hardware maker Palm at one time offered software that made other devices iTunes compatible. The Palm Pre could sync with iTunes, for instance, by pretending to be an iPod when it communicated with iTunes. Because of Apple's drive to sell hardware, though, the company updated iTunes a number of times to block this feature. After being blocked multiple times, Palm abandoned those efforts. Software That Adds iTunes Compatibility So, as we've seen, iTunes only supports syncing with a small number of non-Apple MP3 players. But, there are a number of programs that can add to iTunes to allow it to communicate with Android phones, Microsoft's Zune MP3 player, older MP3 players, and other devices. If you have one of those devices and want to use iTunes to manage your media, check out these programs: DoubleTwist Sync (syncs Android devices)iSyncr (syncs Android devices)iTunes Agent (syncs MP3 players on Windows)iTunes Fusion (syncs MP3 players, Android devices, Windows Phone, and Blackberry on Windows)iTuneMyWalkman (syncs MP3 players on Mac)TuneSync (syncs Android devices). Continue Reading The 9 Best Budget MP3 Players of 2019 How to Stop iPhone and iPod From Auto-Syncing With iTunes Does My MP3 Player Work With Apple's iTunes Store? Can You Install Apps on the iPod nano? The 7 Best Hard Drive MP3 Players of 2019 How to buy an iPhone somewhere other than the Apple Store Can You Use an iPhone as an External Hard Drive? Which Music File Format Should You Use With an iPhone? A Guide to Setting Up Your New iPod Nano Help! There's Something Wrong With my iTunes Purchase What Do You Know About the History of the iPod? Are There Alternatives to iTunes for iPhone and iPod? 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