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Windows: CopyPod 4.0 released

CopyPod allows to backup - copy - transfer iPod Music to your PC. Ideal to make a secure backup of the iPod, to move your iPod Music between computers, to backup the iPod before sending it for repair.

What’s new in this version:

This new version has a cool iTunes like design and
can backup individual playlists.

License: Freeware
System Requirements: CopyPod will work on any PC with XP.

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Copying files from the iPod to a PC does not remove any DRM (you need a different program for that). If they are protected AAC files you’ll still only be able to play them on a registered computer, regardless of their location. Therefore it most certainly does not run afoul of the DMCA. Furthermore, the DMCA only applies to American jurisdiction. As hard as it is to believe, there are people who don’t live in America. Different laws may apply: some weaker or stronger than the DMCA.

As for the EULA, I don’t recall anything about not copying files from the iPod in “disk mode” to your PC being disallowed, and I doubt it mentions specific folders you’re not supposed to look in (although it’s been a long time since I bothered reading the thing). Of course, in reality, most people have never read, and it’s quite possible to unpack and start using the hardware, especially if you’re using third party software, without ever picking up the EULA. It’s questionable weather it’s a truly binding contract and/or enforceable. I believe it something software companies generally try to keep out of court, for fear of getting a definitive answer to that question. I could be wrong…

Lastly, there are lots of users who were never seduced by the whole DRM laden iTunes thing and strictly have MP3 (or for the odd audiophile WAV or AIFF) from CD’s they own. This type of copying falls well within fair use rights in American copyright law, and that of many other countries. I think the UK either abolished or never recognized fair use. It boggles the mind. But they make up for it with the cool accents and slang.

Posted by tinaa on September 19, 2004 at 10:50 PM (CDT)


I like Sharepod. So far it’s worked effortlessly, and perfectly.

Posted by I'm Awesome! on September 20, 2004 at 2:25 AM (CDT)


i’m sorry but programs that copy music from the ipod to your computer are a dime a dozen.  I’ve been using ipodagent since i got my 3g ipod and never needed anything else.  It’s got a nice itunesesque interface as well.

Posted by dave on September 20, 2004 at 12:04 PM (CDT)

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