Hey all. So I just made the switch from using a mac exclusively at home for as long as I can remember, to now using a custom built Windows 7 machine. I support Windows machines at work so I'm comfortable with the OS, but I'm not familiar with media management software for Windows and what's actually worth using. I did a google search on the forums for essential windows software, but most of the threads were fairly old.
Before on my Macbook, I was using iTunes to manage my music collection, rip CD's, and sync with my iPhone and iPad, but I've read that iTunes under Windows isn't as great (resource hog). I have no issues with trying out other pieces of software if they perform better.
I would like to know what my best bet is for software to replace the functionality I mentioned above. I'm assuming I'll still have to have iTunes on my system for updating my iPhone and iPad software. Is Foobar2000 good as a hub for all my music? Can I sync music to my iPhone through something other than iTunes? What's good for ripping CD's to FLAC and m4a without too much hassle? Like I said, all I've really used is iTunes previously, so I don't really know what else is available to me now.
Thanks in advance for any help!