Users who want to work with their library of audio files but don't want to use iTunes have few well-known options. Cefipx for Mac allows users to manage their audio library and devices in a well-designed application, albeit with limited functions.
Available as a free trial version with a 50-song transfer limit, the full application requires payment of $16.95 to unlock. The native installer worked well and the program setup completed quickly and without any bugs. It was unclear if technical support was available. There were no tutorials and it did not appear that any instructions existed. Fortunately, the interface of Cefipx for Mac is easy to interpret and appears as it does in other, similar manager programs. Immediately, the program prompts the user to connect an iPod to the computer. Once this is done, the program reads the contents and displays a main menu with key information on the device and its capacity. Additional menus appear for managing the songs, podcasts, and other media on the device. These can be downloaded to the computer system or managed on the device, itself. Unfortunately, there did not appear to be any menus to link to iTunes for downloading new songs, which would have been a useful feature. Users can send songs from the program into iTunes for later playing.
For those who want an alternative to iTunes, Cefipx for Mac seems to be a useful program, but lacks some features that would make it a complete replacement.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Cefipx for Mac 3.20.