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iExplorer as replacement for itunes

Peter Winkler Dec 13, 2013 02:50PM CST

Is there a way to automatically start iExplorer when I connect my iphone to my computer?
Background: In a rash moment, I upgraded my iPhone 4S to ios 7. Meanwhile, I refuse to "upgrade" iTunes from 10.7 to 11.x because iTunes 11 no longer has features I need as a professional musician.
Then I discovered that Apple requires iTunes 11 for synching with ios7 on my phone. Rats!
So I'm hoping that iExplorer serve as a replacement for synching with iTunes. I love the ability to download photos and music from the phone to my computer, and to back up selectively with more options than iTunes offered. I gather that iExplorer can't allow me to install updates of apps from my computer; is that true? (I'm hoping to be able to take care of that through iCloud).

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Mike Dec 16, 2013 02:17PM CST Macroplant Agent

There is not a way to automatically launch iExplorer when you connect your iPhone, but you can close the iExplorer window and have it still run in the background. It also has a preference to launch in the background when you login to your OS user.

As for being a replacement for iTunes, iExplorer does share some of the same features of iTunes and also lets you do a lot of things that iTunes doesn’t let you do, but it should not be considered as a total replacement to iTunes since it’s mostly designed to transfer iTunes media and other data to a computer.

As for installing apps on a device, you’ll need to use iTunes or the App Store for that, but iExplorer does let you transfer app data between your computer and iPhone such as game saves, documents, and other personal app data.

These articles explain a little more about it:

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