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Mac: PodWorks 2.8.3 released

PodWorks is a Mac OS X (Cocoa) application that compensates for the iPod’s only downside: Apple only allows you to copy songs to your iPod. If you have two Macs and want to use your iPod to transfer music between them, or you only store your MP3s on your iPod and need to copy them back onto your hard drive after a disk failure, you are out of luck!

What’s new in this version:

PodWorks 2.8.3 is a minor update, which fixes a bug that caused the “actively prevent duplicates” preference to not work when transferring only selected songs to iTunes.

License: Shareware $8
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher, iPod
Currently not recommended for use on Yosemite (blue-and-white) G3s.

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Comments

1

I thought that you could use the Ipod as a hard drive on Macs as well as PCs…

Posted by Billy Sardar on May 13, 2003 at 10:43 AM (PDT)

2

Billy,
You can, but the folder containing the music folder is hidden, preventing you from easily copying songs off your iPod.

Posted by Buzz Andersen in Denver, CO on May 14, 2003 at 5:47 AM (PDT)

3

Oh rite.

Posted by Billy Sardar on May 14, 2003 at 12:24 PM (PDT)

4

Wish to inform you guys that i have been sharing my 20G of songs with my Mac pal via Audion3. All you have to do is get the playlist of Ipod and drag-&drop; to your Mac. Its the Best and coolest MP3 player for Mac

Posted by Lexx in Singapore on May 15, 2003 at 9:36 AM (PDT)

5

Anyone know of a similar program for Windows?

Posted by Jason in Argentina on May 15, 2003 at 7:26 PM (PDT)

6

Much prefer iPodRip. It is simpler and has more features for literally the same price.

Posted by Fred on October 8, 2003 at 7:19 AM (PDT)

7

You can use EphPod. It will also allow you to copy your songs out. Xplay cant do that. Its free if you are using a Window version Ipod. But if you are using Mac version, you will required to buy a Macopener… about US$40 i think. The other way is to convert you mac Ipod into Window and then use EphPod. Hope this will help

Posted by Lexx on October 8, 2003 at 8:13 AM (PDT)

8

Fred,
I would say iPodRip has different features than PodWorks, but not necessarily more.  PodWorks does a lot of things that iPodRip doesn’t.  See here for more information:

http://www.versiontracker.com/php/feedback/article.php?story=20031008211155552

The Developer

Posted by Buzz Andersen on October 9, 2003 at 6:31 AM (PDT)

9

Podworks is amazing stuff. Worth every penny I just paid to register it. By far the most intuitive and simple iPod to Computer downloading software.

Posted by Chris on October 22, 2003 at 12:08 PM (PDT)

10

On PC I use “PodUtil” (there’s also a mac version):
http://www.kennettnet.co.uk/software/podutil.php, which works pretty well.
However, I’ve found that I can, indeed, view and copy from the “invisible” Music folder on my iPod. Unfortunately the files are organized in some cryptic F0, F01, F02, etc fashion, which makes it a ##### to find the file you’re looking for.

On the Mac, I’ve been using EliPodo. The program’s creator recently added search functionality.
http://www.mp3machine.com/software/EliPodo/

Posted by derek on November 21, 2003 at 8:34 AM (PDT)

11

The “folder” on the iPod is not hidden. If you know a bit of Unix you can copy your music from iPod to hard disk with some command line instructions.

Posted by Ken on November 21, 2003 at 12:32 PM (PDT)

12

Ken,
Yes, yes, everyone knows that by now.  However, some people don’t like to have to go into Terminal and fish through 20-odd random directories (F0, F1, F2, F3, etc.) to find the specific file they’re looking for.

Saying that no one should use a program like PodWorks because it’s possible to go through the terminal is like saying no one should use Microsoft Word because vi works just as well.

Posted by Buzz Andersen on November 21, 2003 at 3:50 PM (PDT)

13

I would really like to see this app have the ability to play more than one song.

Posted by Fat Tony on December 1, 2003 at 12:45 PM (PDT)

14

I love PodWorks.  Fantastic program.  I don’t know why anyone would consider using anything else.

Posted by Dave Koch on December 19, 2003 at 10:21 AM (PDT)

15

I know people really want the more than one song playback thing.  I promise I’ll work on it.  I just ran out of time this time…

Posted by Buzz Andersen on December 19, 2003 at 10:43 AM (PDT)

16

“...no one should use Microsoft Word because vi works just as well.”

Actually, vi is much better than Word. PodWorks is a great program - highly recommended.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on December 20, 2003 at 12:47 PM (PDT)

17

I am going to echo what the majority already has.

PodWorks works! and Buzz is quite responsive when an error arises (and he fixed it in a day)......

Posted by Christopher Zukowski on December 20, 2003 at 5:04 PM (PDT)

18

This is a superb piece of software. It is just elegant - the sort of software to grace an iMac or PB. Plugged an obvious gap. Obviously a lot of effort’s been put into , Buzz.

Any chance that at some later date we could have mutiple select (shift-click) to select a range of adjacent playlists for transfer? Or have I missed something?

Posted by Rod Fryer on December 23, 2003 at 12:20 PM (PDT)

19

This is a superb piece of software. It is just elegant - the sort of software to grace an iMac or PB. Plugged an obvious gap. Obviously a lot of effort’s been put into it’s look and feel.

Any chance that at some later date we could have mutiple select (shift-click) to select a range of adjacent playlists for transfer? Or have I missed something? (Very likely.)

Posted by Rod Fryer on December 23, 2003 at 12:21 PM (PDT)

20

Thanks for the kind works Ron grin.

No, you haven’t missed anything: unfortunately the playlists currently must be transferred one at a time.  I promise to work on fixing that, though.

Posted by Buzz Andersen on March 19, 2004 at 11:32 AM (PDT)

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