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Mac|Windows: iPod Music Liberator 2.0 released - copy music from iPod to PC

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Monday, August 2, 2004
News Categories: Mac Software

iPod Music Liberator allows users to copy music directly from their 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.

What’s new in this version:

You asked for it.  You got it!  The iPod Music Liberator is now available for the
Mac!  The iPod Music Liberator allows you to free the music on your iPod
including the ability to:

  • 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

    License: Shareware $15
    System Requirements: Windows 98/NT/2000/XP

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    Comments

    1

    There are free alternatives. $15 is little too much.

    Posted by Hmmm on June 26, 2004 at 9:36 AM (PDT)

    2

    Don’t see a need for these programs when ephpod does it all anyway.

    Posted by Shane on June 26, 2004 at 4:09 PM (PDT)

    3

    Hm what if I said “Linux is a free alternative to Windows or Mac.” Would every one use it? No. smile

    Posted by kainjow on June 26, 2004 at 6:34 PM (PDT)

    4

    all these little junk programs are filled with bugs. Didn’t even get past the install on this one. Got an error message before i even got the program opened.

    Posted by pigpen65 on June 26, 2004 at 6:44 PM (PDT)

    5

    pigpen65,

    Thank your for trying the iPod Music Liberator.  The iPod Music Liberator does not have an installer but you do need to unzip the file.

    If anyone has a question, comment, or concern about the iPod Music Liberator please feel free to contact Zelek Software at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or use the feedback form on our website [url=http://www.zeleksoftware.com]http://www.zeleksoftware.com[/url]  Direct feedback from users helps us make our programs better.

    Posted by Jared on June 26, 2004 at 7:43 PM (PDT)

    6

    That is not even a valid contrast.

    Do you actually NEED Liberator 1.1 to user other application or play WC3?

    Posted by To: kainjow on June 27, 2004 at 11:56 AM (PDT)

    7

    i agree, there are 1938394 programs out there that do this: to mention 2, SharePod and iPodAgent, along with heavyweights Winamp5 w/ ml_ipod plugin and Ephpod…why is yet another one of these programs popping up?

    Posted by draell on June 27, 2004 at 1:24 PM (PDT)

    8

    whoever “to: kainjow” is… relax. i know it’s a bad comparision… that’s why i put a smiley….

    Posted by kainjow on June 27, 2004 at 8:11 PM (PDT)

    9

    1. Create a share on the destination computer and connect to it from the source computer
    2. Go to the “My Music” Folder of the source computer
    3. Select all files and copy
    4. Go to the connected network share and click paste.

    How hard can making backup files be?

    Even getting the files off the ipod isn’t that difficult once it’s mounted as an accesible disk drive.

    Posted by SoloMalee on June 27, 2004 at 9:49 PM (PDT)

    10

    aolomalee, it a lot wiser backing up via the iPod. Backing up over a network can take some time, I’ve tried it when i didn’t have an iPod, i just had to take the harddrive out of the other computer inthe end cos doing it over a network is sooo slow (home network)

    this was a few years ago though so things may have changed with networks and speeds

    Posted by silver_haze20 on June 28, 2004 at 1:29 AM (PDT)

    11

    silver-haze….I use RoboCopy with a few switches, it only copies the stuff that changed to the destination backup location.

    Takes just about 30 seconds. I have a batch file setup on my second system to make a copy of all the data on the primary system each time I log on.

    Posted by SoloMalee on June 28, 2004 at 4:32 AM (PDT)

    12

    I’m looking for a program that can help me copy the songs from the iPod back to the PC (Windows) which are in Chinese and Japanese.

    Posted by Dereth on July 15, 2004 at 7:14 AM (PDT)

    13

    What about playlists and ratings?  That would make it really useful.

    Posted by grump.org on July 15, 2004 at 8:58 AM (PDT)

    14

    Oooooh goody…  YET ANOTHER little half-baked tool for doing what you can do already without installing anything at all.  (Just use Terminal!  And I’m sure there are Windows equivalents.)

    How many other tools are there that claim to do the same thing?  What makes this one different?  In short, do we have to hear about each one?

    Posted by Gidds in UK on July 15, 2004 at 9:12 AM (PDT)

    15

    windows equivalent:  unhide a folder.

    silly macs and their terminals…

    Posted by dethbrakr on July 15, 2004 at 9:29 AM (PDT)

    16

    Wow do people actually know that they can access their songs on the iPod from their PC?  All you need to do is enable “disk use” in iTunes.  Once that’s done and the iPod is plugged in via USB to the PC, the computer will recognize the iPod as an external hard drive.  From there go to the folder option and select “view hidden files”.  If you did everything right then you will see a “hidden” folder called “iPod-control”,  Then goto the “music” folder for your songs.  All you need to do is select all the folders in the “music” folder and copy and paste to your PC.  So now I ask why are there stupid iPod programs floating around?!?

    Posted by Alex on July 15, 2004 at 9:33 AM (PDT)

    17

    You can “unhide” the folders on a Mac as well.

    I agree that you can perform these functions without a dedicated program, but they do make things a lot clearer by displaying the song names. The comments on the download section really helps in choosing the right one (the one that works and is free).

    Posted by Questioner on July 15, 2004 at 9:41 AM (PDT)

    18

    The songs within the Fxx folders have truncated file names or garbled file names—like how iTunes likes to name songs (”# Name.m4a”).  Stupid.  These programs mostly grab the iPod database and pull out every song and name it the standard “Artist - Name.m4a” (or mp3, whatever).  And you can make sure you get all the songs and whatnot.  It doesn’t really do anything that you can’t do on your own, but it makes it a simpler process.

    I say this like I know what I’m talking about or like I’d downloaded the application..ha…

    Posted by dethbrakr on July 15, 2004 at 9:41 AM (PDT)

    19

    Bottom line:  There is no need for these iPod programs.  Once you copied all the music to PC and have Winamp or other MP3 players, the song names will automatically be changed to the “standard format” once you play the songs.  Duh!?!

    Posted by Alex on July 15, 2004 at 9:57 AM (PDT)

    20

    What if you only want to copy some songs—what then? How easy is it to search through all those folders? There is a need for these programs. Just because you don’t need them doesn’t mean that they aren’t useful. Take it easy.

    Posted by Questioner on July 15, 2004 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

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