Synchronizing a folder of files between computers using iPod

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Q: Is there a way to sync a folder of files with my iPod and – potentially – multiple computers? I use my iPod as a backup HDD and it’s a pain to manually re-copy my backup folder everytime I add/change a file.

– Jay

A: For our own personal use over the past few years, we’ve spent considerable time searching for the best software option to do just this: use software on two computers to maintain an incrementally-updated mirror of a folder based on file modification dates, and to use the iPod as intermediate storage between them.

There are quite a few eligible options for both Mac & PC, but our favorites are clear: on the PC, our favorite is “Backer” from Cordes Development, and on the Mac, it’s “Synk” from Decimus Software. These software packages are very similar to each other, each with incredibly powerful synchronization and backup features. We’ve found them to be very reliable after extended use on each platform, and they’re both easy to use, even when doing complicated synchronizations. Go check them out!

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Jerrod H.

Jerrod was a contributing editor at iLounge. He mostly wrote articles about iTunes and iPod accessories. He was known for his in-depth knowledge of both topics and was often able to provide readers with unique insights into the world of Apple products.