iTunes is a pain to use. I've been using CopyTransManager. I've got all the metadata as it should, but what I don't understand is that when I go to play music on the ipad, a lot of the songs don't show the artist name. If I look at them in iTunes or CTM, it shows the artisit names on everything, so why isn't showing all the artist name on my playlist?You could try VLC which is technically a video player but it will play music too. You have to click on the App and select the music files that you want it to play, and sync it that way, not the usual iTunes way to do it.
Most of us just use the iTunes player and fix the tags (metadata) to get our songs to sort the way we want it to.
I did what you said. FILE-COVVERT-CONVERT ID3 TAGS, and got an error,Without iTunes, the VLC solution will not work.
Your music must be MP3 files mostly. iTunes has issues with them, and I think CTM is using the iTunes database and having the same issue.
iTunes is BAD at updating MP3 files with changes like Artist name and other text data. You need to force iTunes to update the MP3 files.
Go to the Music Section
Put it into Song view (click Songs on the sidebar)
Add Kind to the columns (right click the header, put a check mark next to Kind)
Sort by Kind (click the Kind header button)
Select All the MP3 files (MPEG audio file)
Click on File->Convert->Convert ID3 Tags...
Check ID3 Tag Version
Set to v2.3
Now all your files will get updated with the information from iTunes (Artist, Album, etc) into the MP3 files directly.
If you remove the music from your iPad, then add it back on, you should have all the artist information showing and it will stay after you play the track too.
Outside of VLC I don't know of another music player for the iPad. Since you don't use iTunes, VLC can't sync music. I think you are stuck with the built in player.