For as long as I’ve loved the iPhone, I’ve hated iTunes with a vengeance. I’ve searched for a lot of solutions, any way to circumvent iTunes and painlessly transfer music from my PC to my iPhone but most solutions I’ve encountered were so complicated it was better to stick to iTunes. Meet WALTR; an app for both Windows and Mac that lets you send music and video files to your iPhone (or iPad) without needing iTunes and without having to jailbreak your iPhone. The files go to the native music and video apps on your device and play normally as if you had sent them using iTunes. What’s more is you don’t have to worry about the file format because WALTR supports a lot of them and takes care of any conversion that may be needed. You need only connect your device to your system with the charging cable, drag & drop the files, and in a matter of seconds they will be sent to your device. WALTR is a $30 app with a fourteen day trial and the developers have generously shared 3 licenses to give away to our readers.
Update: The giveaway is now closed. Winners will be announced shortly.
Install WALTR and launch the app. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the charging cable.
iTunes will predictably pop open when you do this and WALTR warns you to close it or proceed at your own risk. I chose to close it. Drag & drop the file(s) you want to transfer to your iPhone. The first time you do it, WALTR will ask you to register your trail period. This involves providing your email address and then entering the activation code sent to you. The activation code arrives within a minute. To enter the code, click the hamburger icon at the top left of WALTR and select ‘Register’. Once you’re done, drag & drop your file again.
Your file will be sent within seconds (though transfer time may be longer depending on the number and size of files) and WALTR will let you know when transfer is complete. You can tweet your accomplishment or send more files.
Now that we’ve established just how perfectly WALTR works, let’s look at the pros and cons of the app. The one major difference is that WALTR has a price tag while iTunes is free. WALTR is amazingly fast; it doesn’t take a ridiculous amount of time to start up, it doesn’t take forever to start the syncing process, and it doesn’t take forever to sync your music to your device. Also, every time you need to transfer music to your iPhone, you can use the app to transfer the new tracks only instead of doing a fresh sync. Last but not least, you can transfer just about any music format that you have without having to worry about playback because WALTR takes care of it.
- We have three licenses to giveaway to our users (Mac and Windows). The giveaway is open as of the publishing of this post and will remain open until Monday 7:00PM GMT
- To participate, leave us a comment below and tell us why you want to use WALTR or what you dislike about iTunes and do let us know if you want a license for a Mac or a PC
- Winners will be announced within 24 hours and notified on this very page (we’ll reply to your comment and ask you to get in touch with us). Winners will be chosen at random.
- You will have three days to claim your license. If you fail to do so, we will pick a new winner