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7 utilities to transfer music & videos from iPod or iPhone to Mac

7 utilities to transfer music & videos from iPod or iPhone to Mac

So you’re freaking out because your Mac’s hard drive failed and all of those songs, movies, & TV shows you’ve accumulated are gone. No worries, they’re still on your iPod or iPhone and there are tools to help get them back!

Aside from serving as a harsh lesson that investing in an external hard drive and using Time Machine is actually a darn good idea, this kind of disaster can also cause you to curse Apple for not building an iPod-to-computer backup feature into iTunes. It’s a frustrating reality, but since their stance will never change it’s best to focus on other ways to handle this issue. Well, that’s only semi-accurate. They do allow you to transfer content purchased from the iTunes Store back to a computer. This can be accomplished by going to File > “Transfer Purchases from…” in the menu bar when the device is connected to iTunes.

Since the large majority of users’ libraries are obtained from other (legal and illegal) sources, however, this limited functionality will only get you so far. That’s where the excellent 3rd party developer community for the Mac platform comes in. There are a bunch of tools – some free, most relatively cheap – which allow you to copy just about everything on your iPod or iPhone to a Mac computer. This article will briefly feature seven of the best currently available. If anyone knows of others that they feel should be included, please share in the comments!

1. iPodRip

Boasting over 5 million downloads, iPodRip has been around for a while and does a pretty good job of backing up media from an iPod or iPhone. One of the older versions of this program saved me a few years ago, so I can attest to its effectiveness.

Developer: The Little App Factory
Price: $19.95 (free trial available)
Version 1.2.5 compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5

2. Senuti

The tagline used to promote this application is “Works like iTunes, but it’s everything in reverse.” While it’s not an exact clone, it sure is close enough to be familiar and easy to use to any iTunes user.

Developer: FadingRed
Price: $18 (free trial available)
Version 0.50.6 compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5

3. TouchCopy

In addition to standard music and video recovery, TouchCopy also bundles a few other features that set it apart from other programs. For example, it enables data storage (known as “disk use” on other iPods) on the iPod touch and iPhone. Copying notes, contacts, calendars, and voice memos is supported as well.

Developer: Wide Angle Software
Price: $24.99 (free trial available)
Version 2009 compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5

4. Expod

It may not be as polished as other similar pieces of software, but Expod has two things going for it: It’s free and it works. One of the cool things it does is allow you to use whatever file naming format you’d like for the media you extract (ex. “Artist-SongTitle.mp3” or “TrackNumber-Album-SongTitle.mp3”).

Developer: Steve Joynt
Price: Free
Version 0.5 compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5

5. Pod to Mac

Even though this is a new application which is still in beta, it’s got potential. Regular updates are still being made and a final release is almost ready to go, according to the developer.

Developer: myPod Apps
Price: Free
Version Beta 10 compatible with Mac OS X 10.5

6. iPod Access

Already on its fourth major version, iPod Access is a mature and mostly reliable program for backing up an iPod’s music and videos to a Mac. With an easy to use interface and an instant search feature, it gets the job done.

Developer: Findley Designs
Price: $19.99 (free trial available)
Version 4.2.4 compatible with Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4, and 10.5

7. ImTOO iPod Computer Transfer for Mac

It’s the most expensive program on the list and it may or may not be worth the money depending on your specific needs. The latest version backs up music, videos, photos, and even lets you turn your iPhone into a portable hard drive with Finder access. That last part alone will intrigue some people enough to take the free trial for a spin.

Developer: ImTOO
Price: $29.95 (free trial available)
Version compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5

5 Comments Have Been Posted (Leave Your Response)

Thanks for your review, but as for me, I use iStonsoft all-in-one iPad/iPone/iPod to mac Transfer app. it works great.

If all files in your iphone bought from itunes, then you can direcly sync your iphone with your ipod. If you have some important files from other places, you need to get some application to transfer your files to your mac.
May be useful for you!

My favorite is iPodDisk. It mounts the ipod like a drive with all the albums and artists. By far the best in my opinion

If your want to get your music from your ipod to your mac or pc all u have to do is download this free program called Music Rescue
its free to use and its never failed me :

I use AnyTrans free trail..