Transferring music from your iPod to your computer is easy to do if you have the tools. Unfortunately, the iPod is designed to prevent us from sharing our music. Which is understandable, because the music industry is reeling from the technology which allows us to copy music CDs, and reducing their profits.
But the problem is longstanding, ever since the old cassette tape players were used to record music, straight from the radio.
So, what should you do if your computer with all your iTunes goes on the bum, or even worse, just breaks. You're stuck, without any way to transfer your tunes to your new computer.
As technology goes, there are always folks who will find a way to beat the system, and this article will outline 25 options for transferring your tunes from your beloved iPod to your computer. Some are either freeware or shareware and the others of course, come with a nominal price tag.
A couple of the links are actually for transferring photos from your iPod to your computer so I included the link below as an extra. It allows you to transfer tunes and videos between iPods. Lots of folks have more than one iPod and would like to simply copy thier favorites from one iPod to the other or thier friend's iPod.
Many people own more than one iPod. iPod 2 iPod is an application that allows you to transfer your music and video between them.
Macintosh Operating System
iLinkPod is first of all a unique tool that creates a permanent and direct access from your Desktop (and your iPod or wherever you want) to the hidden folders in which iPod stores your audio files. So you don't need iLinkPod or any other utility to access your hidden audio files on the iPod, you'll have access to them through a common folder on your Desktop (and iPod too).
iPod Viewer 3.0.1
Transfer songs to and from your iPod.
With Expod you can copy any or all of your songs (or videos) off your iPod, using whatever file naming convention you like.
Play music, movies, photos at full screen and import content from your iPod.
iPodDisk is a tool designed to make it easy and intuitive to copy music from your iPod. You copy music off your iPod in the Finder, like a regular disk drive.
Get music off of your iPod onto any computer.
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/31475 PodUp is an application which copies all your music files from your iPod to a folder of your choosing, without having anything to do with iTunes.
Mac and Windows Operating System
iPodRip supports recovering your songs and playlists, playback of audio files and much more. iPodRip is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2 and later, and Windows XP and 2000. Trial version available.
Music Rescue (Upgrade to the previously called PodUtil)
Music Rescue is a shareware utility for copying songs from your iPod to your computer. PodUtil is compatible with Mac OS X and 9.x, and Windows XP and 2000.
iPod Music Liberator
The iPod Music Liberator allows you to copy music, playlists, and ratings from your iPod to any computer, filling in a missing feature of iTunes. It supports Mac OS X and Windows XP, 2000, NT and 98.
TuneRanger 0.9.5 Build 270
TuneRanger connects iTunes-running computers over a network, allowing music, video, and playlists to be merged from one iTunes library to another seamlessly.
iPod Access Photo 1.2
iPod Access Photo allows you to select individual photos and albums to be moved back onto your Mac computer or an external hard drive.
The premier application for copying music, videos and playlists from your iPod back to your Windows PC.
Microsoft Windows PC