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20 GB iPod Gets Color, iTunes 4.9 Add Podcast Support, Backup Your Mac to Your iPod, and More

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2005.06.30

This Week's iPod News

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News

Apple Merges iPod & iPod photo Lines

Apple has announced that the iPod and iPod photo lines are merging, creating a single line of white iPods that all feature color displays with the ability to view album artwork, photos, and play slideshows in stunning color. The simplified iPod lineup features a 20 GB model holding up to 5,000 songs priced at just $299 and a 60 GB model holding up to 15,000 songs priced at $399. Also, iPods will offer an easy to use Podcast menu, including bookmarking within a podcast and the ability to display podcast artwork in color.

iPod"iPod customers love to enhance their listening experience with color," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of iPod Product Marketing. "By simplifying our iPod lineup to include 20 GB and 60 GB models with color screens and the new Podcast menu, iPod and iTunes provide the world's easiest and appealing way to discover, subscribe, manage, and listen to podcasts."

iPod's color display provides a crisp, clear full color experience for users to take their entire photo library with them or for viewing album artwork, calendars, contacts, and games. The 60 GB iPod holds up to 25,000 digital photos, and the 20 GB iPod holds up to 20,000 digital photos. Both models feature the ability to import photos from a digital camera with the optional iPod Camera Connector and let users combine their favorite music and photos to create slideshows for viewing right on their iPod or for sharing with family and friends on a big screen TV.

The new version of iTunes (4.9) enables anyone to quickly and easily find and subscribe to their favorite podcasts so that every time there's a new episode, it's automatically downloaded to their Mac or PC and auto-synced to their iPod. iTunes also makes it easy to manage multiple podcast subscriptions with simple organization and display by episode and date.

iPod and iTunes are leading the digital music revolution. With over 15 million iPods sold as of March 31, the iPod is the world's most popular digital music player, and the iTunes Music Store is the number one online music store with over 430 million songs purchased and downloaded worldwide.

Pricing & Availability

The 20 GB and 60 GB iPods for Mac or Windows are available immediately worldwide for a suggested retail price of $299 and $399 respectively. The new iPod U2 Special Edition also includes a color screen and is now more affordable at just $329, and the 1 GB iPod shuffle is now just $129. The new Podcast menu is available starting today via a free iPod software update for all Click Wheel iPods and iPod minis. All iPods are available through the online Apple Store, Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers.

Each iPod with color display includes earbud headphones, a USB 2.0 cable, a USB power adapter, and iTunes for Mac and Windows computers. iPod shuffle includes earbud headphones, lanyard, and iTunes for Mac and Windows computers. Optional accessories with the following suggested retail prices include the iPod dock kit for $39, in-ear headphones for $39, the iPod Camera Connector for $29, and FireWire cable for $19. Laser engraving is available for iPod for free from the Apple Store and can include two lines of text with up to 27 characters per line.

iPod requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port or FireWire (FireWire options require an optional cable, sold separately), Mac OS X version 10.2.8 or 10.3.4 or later, and iPhoto 4.0.3 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 or FireWire port or USB 2.0 or FireWire card and Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, and Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0 or Elements 3.0 or later.

Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information. Music capacity is based on four minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding; photo capacity is based on iPod-viewable photos transferred from iTunes.

  • iPod, Apple Computer

Apple Takes Podcasting Mainstream

Apple has announced it is taking podcasting mainstream by building everything users need to discover, subscribe, manage and listen to podcasts right into iTunes 4.9, the latest version of its award winning digital music software and online music store. iTunes users can now easily subscribe to over 3,000 free Podcasts and have each new episode automatically delivered over the Internet to their computer and iPod.

"Apple is taking podcasting mainstream by building it right into iTunes," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Podcasting is the next generation of radio, and users can now subscribe to over 3,000 free podcasts and have each new episode automatically delivered over the Internet to their computer and iPod."

The new Podcast Directory in iTunes 4.9 features over 3,000 free audio programs, making it one of the largest podcast directories in the world, with favorites such as ABC News, Adam Curry, BBC, Clear Channel, The Dawn and Drew Show, Disney, Engadget, ESPN, Newsweek, and NPR member stations such as KCRW in Los Angeles and WGBH in Boston.

iTunes enables anyone to quickly and easily find and subscribe to their favorite podcasts so that every time there's a new episode, it's automatically downloaded to their Mac or PC and auto-synced to their iPod. iTunes also makes it easy to manage multiple podcast subscriptions with simple organization and display by episode and date. Starting today, iPods will offer an easy to use Podcast menu, including bookmarking within a podcast and the ability to display color podcast artwork.

iPod and iTunes are leading the digital music revolution. With over 15 million iPods sold as of March 31, the iPod is the world's most popular digital music player, and the iTunes Music Store is the number one online music store with over 430 million songs purchased and downloaded worldwide.

Pricing & Availability

iTunes 4.9 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Music Store and is available immediately as a free download from www.itunes.com. The new Podcast menu is available starting today via a free iPod software update for all Click Wheel iPods and iPod minis (see iPod Updater 2005-06-26). iTunes 4.9 users can download and subscribe to podcasts with no additional software required, as support for podcasts is built right into iTunes and iPod.

Macintosh Requirements

  • Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later; Mac OS X v10.3 required for AirPort Express
  • 400 MHz G3 processor or better
  • QuickTime 6.2 required to encode AAC
  • QuickTime 6.5.2 and latest iLife updates required to use purchased music in iLife '04
  • 256 MB RAM recommended
  • DSL, cable modem, or LAN-based high-speed Internet connection recommended for buying and streaming music

Windows Requirements

  • Windows XP or 2000
  • 500 MHz Pentium class processor or better
  • QuickTime 6.5.2 (included)
  • 128 MB MB RAM minimum/256 RAM recommended
  • Latest Windows service packs recommended
  • Supported CD-RW drive to burn CDs, video display card, soundcard
  • DSL, cable modem, or LAN-based high-speed Internet connection recommended for buying and streaming music

iPod Updater 2005-06-26

iPod Updater 2005-06-26 includes new iPod Software 1.2 for iPod with color display, new iPod software 3.1 for iPod with Click Wheel, and new iPod software 1.4 for iPod mini. iPod Updater 2005-06-26 contains the same software versions as iPod Updater 2005-03-23 for all other iPod models.

Download and install the iPod Updater, then connect your iPod shuffle, iPod, or iPod mini to your computer. The iPod Updater will automatically determine if an update is required.

What's New:

  • Integration with iTunes 4.9 for downloading and listening to podcasts

iPod shuffle Requirements:

  • Macintosh or Windows PC with a USB port*
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later (Mac OS X v10.3.6 or later is recommended for connecting iPod shuffle to a low power USB port, like on certain keyboards and non-powered hubs)
  • Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • iTunes 4.7.1 or later
  • QuickTime 6.4 or later
  • May require the optional iPod shuffle Dock or a USB extender cable (sold separately).

iPod and iPod mini Requirements:

  • Macintosh or Windows PC with FireWire or USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.2.8 or 10.3.4 or later for iPod, iPod mini, or iPod photo (Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.3.3 is not supported with USB)
  • Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • iTunes 4.7 or later
  • iPhoto 4.0.3 or later recommended for iPod with color display for Macintosh
  • Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0 or Elements 3.0 or later recommended for iPod with color display for Windows

iPod shuffleiPod shuffle Earns Gold Award

Business Week Online reports:

"The iPod Shuffle's simplicity comes from drastically narrowing our choices (or making them for us). We get to give up the responsibility of having to navigate and choose and with that comes freedom and lightness. Calm"

iPods as Study Aids

The Independent's Jimmy Lee Shreeve reports: .

"Last August, Duke University became one of the first universities to provide all first-year students with their own 20-gigabyte iPods - enough space to store up to 5,000 songs. The devices came pre-loaded with orientation content (in both spoken and text form) about Duke's academic environment, and information about student life and activities.

"Not surprisingly, the students wasted no time in downloading music. But then something unexpected happened. They started using the devices for coursework. They took notes, recorded lectures and interviews, and used them as portable hard drives to ferry research materials and written work from one computer to another."

Apple Education Customers Get iPod mini with New Mac

PowerBook Central reports:

"Apple will include a free 4 GB iPod mini with the purchase of select Macs through September 24th at The Apple Store for Education as part of their new Student Union promotion. Qualifying computers include all PowerBooks, Power Macs, iMac G5s, and iBooks (12"/CD model excluded)."'

Apple Education Customers Get Free iPod mini with Purchase of New Mac

Queen Joins Hi-tech Revolution with iPod

financialmirror.com reports:

"Britain's Queen Elizabeth, 79, has proved that she is young in spirit by acquiring a pocket-sized iPod digital music player, the Sun newspaper reported.

"The monarch dispatched a courtier to London's Regent Street to search out offers and even ask for a royal discount, the paper said.

"The Queen purchased a silver six-gigabyte mini-version of the fashion gadget which can hold 1,500 songs and has a rechargeable battery lasting 18 hours, the Sun said.....

"'The Queen loves music and was impressed by how small and handy the iPod is,' a royal insider told the Sun."

58% of Retailers Recommend iPod; Sales to 'Reaccelerate'

iPodlounge's Larry Angell reports:

"Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said on Friday that Apple "will likely not show significant upside for the iPod in the June quarter" with sales of 5.5 million units, but that the iPod business will "reaccelerate" in the seasonally strong September and December quarters.

"Munster's positive expectations are based on results from a recent survey of MP3 player sales reps at 100 U.S. retail stores (non-Apple), which on average 58% of recommended the purchase of an iPod over a competing device."

Apple Stock Down Due to Demand Dip

Reuters reports:

"Shares of Apple Computer Inc and key suppliers for its iPod music player fell on Monday after a rival warned about slowing demand and a report forecast competition from mobile phones with built-in music players.

"Shares of Apple (down $0.45 to $37.31, ) were down almost 2 percent on Nasdaq and iPod chip supplier PortalPlayer Inc. shares fell almost 4 percent. SigmaTel Inc. (down $3.22 to $18.62, ), a supplier for iPod Shuffles, saw shares fall almost 11 percent while another supplier, Synaptics Inc. (down $0.36 to $20.96, ), lost almost 2 percent. "

Commentary

Someone Should Make an iPod Stereo Component

SchwarzTech's Eric Schwarz says:

"What happens to 1st- and 2nd-generation iPods when they no longer have enough space to hold all your music? What if the battery dies and you're not covered by the Apple lawsuit? What if your iPod has some other damage and you've already moved onto a newer offering? In short of tossing your old iPod, there is another option.....

"There's even more of the older iPods kicking around in the bottom of desk drawers, getting ready to be recycled, or (worse) headed for the trash. Why doesn't one of the various Mac/iPod peripheral makers out there create a kit that allows you to take your old iPod's essential components (motherboard, maybe screen and scroll wheel) and gives you the following:

  • A stereo component-sized case: maybe something smaller, but since this new iPod will lose mobility, why not make it fit in a standard setup?
  • An adapter: to connect a standard 3.5" IDE hard drive to the iPod
  • A power supply: to power the entire mess
  • A remote: if it forgoes the built-in controls (allowing you to forgo one more original iPod part), you can control things from across the room
  • An RCA adapter: So you can connect it to any stereo system (bonus points if anyone can tap into line-out capabilities)"

Creative Folk Customize iPod shuffles

digitmag.co.uk reports:

"White buds are the new Hoxton Fin. Whether you're out shopping for art books or kicking it in Old Street, nothing else says modern creative quite like a pair of white earbuds.

"But like all fashion trends, this year's hot item is next year's has-been - much like Old Street. And while those white earbuds may still be the it accessory, to really turn heads, you'll want them coming not from an iPod, but an Altoids tin. Or a pack of gum. Or maybe even a hand-sewn, beaded Hello Kitty case. In short, you're going to need to mod that shuffle up.

"While customizing or modifying (modding) electronics is nothing new, something about the iPod shuffle has really taken off with the DIY set. Modders have taken to it like clay, and hardly a day goes by when a new iPod shuffle customization doesn't show up online. iPod shuffle mods have spawned their own Web sites, forums, and discussion groups. There's even a Flickr photo group dedicated to shuffle hacks. What explains the shuffle's popularity with modders?"

iPod Isolationism a Good Thing

iPod Garage's Stephan Fassmann says:

"The Queen of England now has a silver iPod mini. Her grandson recommended it. I wonder what she might be listening to.

"Some people think that the iPod and podcasting are just a fad and that they will fade fairly quickly. I have lived through a number of fads and the iPod does not actually seem to have any of it's symptoms.....

"iPods are very useful, have lasted for several years and have a very wide demographic base, from preteens to teens, to adults and the elderly it is amazing how many different people use iPods."

  • Why iPod Isolationism Is a Good Thing (sorry, we can't find the page either)

What's Next for the iPod?

AlwaysOn Network's Michael Stroud says:

"Apple dominates the market. Its device is the epitome of cool, the must-have item for college students and businessmen. It's easy to use, more powerful and just plain better than the competition. Bill Gates grits his teeth when he sees it.

What product am I talking about?

No, not the iPod. The Apple II.

Released in the late 1970s, the Apple II was the original sexy personal computer, the one that started the whole revolution. By the late 1980s, though, Apple had been relegated to a runner-up position by the onslaught of Microsoft's DOS and the IBM PC clones.......

"Fast forward to 2005. The iPod dominates the digital music market. No other device is cool enough for teenagers, despite its higher price tag. Competitors are swarming. Napster, Yahoo, and Real have introduced portable music subscription standards, with phone maker Ericsson announcing a broad partnership last week. Sprint and other cellular carriers are streaming music and music videos. Nokia is loading Microsoft music software on some of its phones.

"Meanwhile, Apple refuses to open up its product to competitive standards like Real and Windows Media.

"Is Apple about to be overwhelmed again? Or has Steve Jobs learned from the past?"

Advice

Remove Scratches from Your iPod

Blogger Ken Savage says:

"Got an hour, a kitchen sponge with one of those green abrasive backs and some elbow grease? Then Australia's Adam Podnar has a permanent fix so the back of your iPod never shows fingerprints, tiny scratches or, as he puts it, 'the sweaty hand on the back of an expensive MP3 player look.' He says within and hour, you can give it a brushed finish. It looks cool, and Apple has promised him that it won't void your warranty....

"There's an excellent tutorial that's full of pictures (including some nifty chrome designs you can etch, er, brush into the back of the iPod),too."

Cutting the Cord from Your iPod's Headphones

The Wall Street Journal's Walter S. Mossberg says:

"In any major city, it's not uncommon to find many people walking the streets or riding the subway system with the same accessories dangling from their ears: the signature white headphone wires of an iPod. These wires connect Apple Computer's iPod music players to its popular earbuds, and they've become a fashion statement all their own.

Logitech Wireless Headphones"But these wires aren't just making a statement to techie trendsetters. Thieves have picked up on the fact that these white eye-catchers are attached to an iPod that costs anywhere from $99 to $449. New York City police have even attributed a recent rise in robberies on subways in part to iPod theft, noting that the white headphone wires are a major lure.

"Logitech International is introducing a new product that will eliminate the wires between your ears and your iPod, but it might not necessarily be less noticeable than white wires. The company's $150 Wireless Headphones for iPod work using Bluetooth, a short-range radio technology that lets the iPod stream music to the headphones over the air, and allows the headphones to control song playback."

Upgrade your iPod with In-Ear Sound-Isolating Earphones

"If you use your music player a lot, it's worth the investment to replace those horrible headphones with something a little more upscale. You can get everything from big 'ol studio monitor cans to stylish behind-the-neck headphones, but those tend to take up a lot of room in your gadget bag. The best sound-per-dollar value is in sound isolating in-ear earphones, which are made to slip into your ear canal and reduce interference from external sources. They can deliver some truly remarkable sound and fit into a pouch that's probably no bigger than the music player you're pairing them with.

We'll take a look at a variety of sound isolating earphones here, including models from Etymotic Research, Ultimate Ears, Shure, and Koss. Most of them aren't cheap, and some may be a little tough to find at your local Best Buy, but your ears will thank you."

Products and Services

iPod Garage Launches Weekly Q&A Column

Matt Saye, long-time iPod Garage Forums Moderator, has joined the iPod Garage editorial as a weekly columnist. His column, Garage Q&A, is an opportunity for iPod and iTunes users to get answers to technical questions and advice on troubleshooting. Matt's first column is published today and starts off with the answers to some of the more commonly asked iPod-related questions. Future columns will feature answers to questions from readers.

NaviPro eX Wireless Remote for iPod mini; U2 iPod

TEN's next generation of its popular naviPod wireless remote control for iPod comes in three new models to support the latest generation of Apple iPod with additional functions including playlist, album and chapter navigation, and shuffle and repeat control. The naviPro receiver comes in three models - naviPro eX, naviPro eX black and naviPro eX mini for the Click Wheel iPod, iPod U2, and iPod mini, respectively.

The naviPro eX remote is stylishly designed and easy to use. Simply hook your iPod to a pair of self powered speakers and in no time, you will can enjoy navigating through your favorite playlists, albums or audio books. Or hooked up to a video projector or TV monitor, you can remotely flip through your exciting slideshows on your iPod Photo.

Now control iPod photo slideshows with naviPod and naviPro eX wireless remote control! (Requires iPod photo firmware version 1.1. Requires Apple iPod photo Dock for video output.)

naviPro eX Remote Controller

Thirteen (13) button IR transmitter

Basic Functions:

  • Play/Pause
  • Next Track/Fast Forward
  • Previous Track/Rewind
  • Volume Up
  • Volume Down

Extended Functions:

  • Next/Previous Playlist
  • Next/Previous Album
  • Next/Previous Chapter
  • Shuffle Songs/Album/Off
  • Repeat One/All/Off

Control iPod photo Slideshows (requires Firmware v1.1)

Power: CR2032 Lithium Cell (included)

Size: 5" x 2" x 0.7"

Certifications: FCC Part 15, CE, VCCI, AS/NZS

Designed in USA. Patent Pending.

naviPro eX and naviPro eX Black Receiver

  • Supported Devices: Apple Click Wheel iPod & iPod U2 Special Edition (Firmware v3.0.2 or later), Apple iPod photo (Requires iPod Photo firmware version 1.1 or later and Apple iPod photo Dock for video output)
  • Model Number: TIA.04010/TIA.04015
  • Receiver Size: 2.12" X 0.65" X 0.65"
  • Stand Size: 4.20" x 2.15" x 0.25"
  • Ports: 3.5mm audio
  • Power Source: via iPod
  • Stand: Chrome Spring Steel Stand (included)
  • Warranty: 1 year

naviPro eX mini Receiver

  • Supported Devices: iPod mini (Firmware v1.2 or later)
  • Model Number: TIA.04250
  • Receiver Size: 2.03" x 0.60" x 0.53"
  • Stand Size: 3.07" x 2.38" x 2.60"
  • Ports: 3.5mm audio
  • Power Source: via iPod mini
  • Stand: Aluminum iPod mini Stand (included)
  • Warranty: 1 year

The suggested retail price for all naviPro eX models is US$49.95/Cdn$69.95.

Link: NaviPro eX Wireless Remote for iPod mini; U2 iPod

Adjustable Holder for iPod Added to ProClip USA Product Line

ProClip USA, Inc. has announced its Padded Adjustable Holder with Tilt Swivel for Apple iPods with the exception of the iPod Mini and Shuffle.

The new Holder adjusts in width to accommodate silicone/skin type and other encased iPods such as DLO Jam Jacket, iSkin eVo series, Power Support Silicone Jacket, Speck SkinTight, XtremeMac Silicone Sleeve, and other cases. The Holder offers a customized fit. It has adjustable sidewalls - simply loosen the 4 thumbscrews on the back of the Holder, pull the left and right sidewall away from each other, place the iPod into the holder, press the sidewalls against the iPod to a fit where the iPod still can slide in and out of the Holder, and tighten the thumbscrews.

The Adjustable Holder was recently reviewed by ipodlounge.com, and was awarded the highest rating, A - Highly Recommended. For review details see www.proclipusa.com and click Product Reviews.

The Adjustable iPod Holder fits any ProClip Vehicle Mount. We offer mounts that are custom designed for virtually every car make and model and for most handhelds and mobile phones in the marketplace.

Software

iPodBackup: Free Automatic Backups to Your iPod

iPodBackup is a shell script-turned-application (via Platypus) that backs up your home folder to your iPod using the open source backup utility rsync. Combine it with Do Something When to have fully automated incremental backups to your iPod, for free!

You can customize a list of items to be excluded by simply dragging-and-dropping them onto the app. By default, the Music folder, as well as certain cache folders are skipped, in order to prevent duplicating your music and because caches are a kind of stupid thing to backup.

A note for first-time users: The first backup can take quite a while, especially if you use an encrypted disk image! Subsequent backups will be much faster, as only files that have changed will be copied over.

  • iPodBackup will backup your home folder, wherever it may be, either to Users/username, as a folder, or to Users/username.sparseimage, as a disk image, on your iPod. The disk image may be encrypted or unencrypted.
  • iPodBackup is untested on OS X 10.2 and earlier. Version 1.0.x should work, but 1.1+ requires OS X 10.3 or higher if you want to back up to a disk image. This is due to system-level changes in handling sparse disk images. See man hdiutil in the Terminal for details.
  • Your iPod should be set to be used as a hard drive. Enable this from within iTunes. This is not technically necessary, but otherwise your iPod may be automatically ejected before you can begin the backup.
  • According to user reports, PC-formatted (FAT32) iPods will work given that you backup to a disk image, and your data is less than 4 GB (Apparently FAT32 has a maximum file size of 4 GB). I have not tested this directly, so proceed at your own risk.
  • To automate the backup, i.e. have iPodBackup launch automatically upon mounting your iPod, use Peripheral Vision (US$6.95), iPod Launcher (US$4.95), or Do Something When (free).
  • Disclaimer: Use this app at your own risk. I am not responsible for any data loss, physical injuries, or mental trauma resulting from use of this app. If you don't trust me, just test and build the thing yourself!
  • Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. Remember to remove the obvious part from my email address.
  • If you like iPodBackup, please give it a good rating at MacUpdate and/or VersionTracker. If you don't like it, or if you have problems, please email me! I can't provide support via the VT or MU comments features.
  • iPodBackup is distributed under the GNU General Public License.

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher

iPodBackup is freeware.

Use Your iPod To Lock/Unlock Your Files, Folders & Apps

PodSmith is a utility to make full use of your iPod.

PodSmith uses your iPod as a key for security and for various synchronization features.

PodSmith Protects your data with your iPod.

With PodSmith, iPod works as a key for your computer. You can lock or unlock your Macintosh with your iPod.

Are you tired of iSync that is just auto backup?

You'll have full advantage of auto-sync between Macintosh and iPod.

A sample use of PodSmith:

Mount an iPod to replace the Safari bookmarks of your Mac with your iPod's bookmarks.

Then unmount it to go back to the original bookmarks.

How does PodSmith protect my computer?

  1. Screen Lock: You can lock and unlock the screen by unmounting and mounting your iPod. Of course you can unlock the computer by typing your password without your iPod. 
  2. File Lock: Specified folders or files can be locked by unmounting your iPod. 
  3. Protect your files: Disable all applications except those you specify.

PodSmith supports Safari bookmarks, address book and schedule for auto-sync.

Here is a screen shot of the Auto-Sync drawer and preferences window.

Your favorite bookmarks are always in your iPod to share anywhere, anytime.

System requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
  • Any iPod, including iPod shuffle

PodSmith is $20 shareware.

iPodTrans iPod Song Copying Tool

With iPodTrans you can copy songs from your iPod to your Mac

Features:

  • copy multiple songs at once
  • integrated MP3 player

New in this version:

  • new time display
  • some GUI enhancements

System requirements:

  • Mac OS 8.6 - 9.2.2, or
  • Mac OS X 10.1 or higher

iPodTrans is freeware.

iPod Viewer Transfers Songs from iPod to Mac

iTunes allows you to copy MP3s from your computer to your iPod and do everything but copy those MP3s back to your computer. But now with iPod Viewer, you can do just that! Just launch the application, import the songs from your iPod, select the songs you want to copy, choose where you want to copy the songs to, and transfer the files. That's it!

New in this version:

  • iPod Viewer can now display and transfer AAC-encoded songs that are on your iPod.
  • iPod Viewer can now display the playlist information on your iPod. Just click on the playlist name to view the songs in that playlist.
  • iPod Viewer can add transferred songs, and the playlists with which they are associated, to iTunes.
  • You can have iPod Viewer rename transferred files that would otherwise be duplicates of songs already on your computer.

System requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher

iPod Viewer is freeware.

iPod Music Liberator Copies Music from iPod to Mac

The iPod Music Liberator is now available for the Mac! The iPod Music Liberator allows you to copy music from your iPod to any computer.

The iPod Music Liberator allows you to copy music from your iPod to any computer, filling in a missing feature of iTunes. You see, iTunes only allows for a one way transfer of music from your computer to your iPod. But what if you want to move music to another authorized computer? What if you want to make a backup of your music? What if your computer crashes and you lose all of the music on your computer? What if you buy a new computer and need to move your music? What if ... ? Use the iPod Music Liberator for all of your iPod music copying needs.

  • Copy Music From Your iPod to Any Computer
  • Move Music Between Authorized Computers
  • Backup Music to Another Computer
  • Recover Music From Your iPod
  • Move Music to a Newly Bought Computer
  • Try it For free

System requirements: Mac OS X

iPod Music Liberator is $15 shareware.

PodUtil Music Copier and Playlist Rebuilder

PodUtil is an easy-to-use utility for viewing the songs on your iPod and copying them in a customisable organised manner to your computer, and will automatically add them to iTunes and rebuild your playlists if you wish.

PodUtil is compatible with Mac OS 9.x, Mac OS X, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.

Once your iPod has been scanned by PodUtil (takes ~5-10 seconds) all your music will be presented to you in an easy-to-navigate list. Want to preview a song? Just double-click it and it'll play immediately, allowing you to scrub through the song to find out if it's really the song you want.

On the left of the main window, you'll see a list of all the playlists on your iPod. You can use this to just copy a specific playlist, or just view your music exactly as you like it. Want more information on a song? Just select it and choose "Get Info..." from the file menu, and it's all there.

Once you have browsed your music collection, PodUtil will copy it to your hard drive, organising it as it goes. In basic mode, you can organise by Artist, Album, both, or not at all. In advanced mode, you can organise your music by anything at all, and you can rename your music files in the process, based on song ID tags. Say good-bye to cryptic file names! For more information on advanced copying, see the Advanced Copying Reference.

PodUtil can add your files back to iTunes and even rebuild all your playlists. This is all automatic, and works on Windows and Mac versions of iTunes as long as you have iTunes 4.5 or higher installed.

Copying several gigabytes of music takes quite a while on any computer, and PodUtil gives you visual feedback on how it's doing. When a copy operation begins the main music list shows you all the music that will be copied, as well a small icon telling you the status of each song. Below this list, a progress area details how many songs will be copied and how many have already been done.

On Mac OS X, a progress bar appears in PodUtil's dock icon, so you can tell how it's doing without even interrupting your work flow.

New in this version:

New Features

  • New Preference in Mac OS X: "Use Metal Window".
  • If multiple iPods are connected, PodUtil now asks which one you want to work with when it starts up.
  • You can now tell PodUtil to select all or no songs for copy when it starts up in the Preferences window.
  • If no iPods are found, you can now open PodUtil's preferences window from the warning dialog.
  • If no iPods are found, you can click the "Re-Scan" button to look for iPods again.

System requirements:

  • Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
  • iPod

PodUtil is £10 shareware.

iPod Deals

For current iPod prices from a variety of sources, see This Week's Best iPod Deals.

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