Friday, July 4, 2008

Copy Music from an iPod for Free

There are legitimate reasons why you'd want to legally copy music from an iPod to your computer. For instance, Khan Jr.'s iPod was synced with Mrs. Khan's computer and she tidied all his music files (this happened this week).

There are also obviously less than legal reason why someone would want to copy songs from an iPod, such as downloading all of your friends music collection. But I can't imagine that anyone would do such a thing.

Anyway, back to the problem at hand. Mrs. Khan has trashed Khan Jr.'s music collection and he wants some more tracks added to his iPod for your family road trip out west. If you just add tracks, you'll loose the old tracks already on the iPod. So somehow you've got to get the old tracks back before you can add the new stuff.

Did I mention Mrs. Khan never backs anything up?

Enter Senuti (iTunes spelled backwards). This program is a one trick pony but it does that trick really well and it's free. Senuti is a simple application that allows you to transfer songs from your iPod to your computer. It reads the iTunesDB file that stores all the information of on every song on your iPod. You can also use it to replace iTunes as the program with which you manage your music library and sync with your iPod. You can, but most of us are comfortable using iTunes to do that.

Still, it fills the gap iTunes leaves and is worth every penny you pay for it, and then some.

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