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5 apps for iTunes backup and recovery

If your system crashes and your entire iTunes library vanishes, you may think that your music, videos, and photos are gone for good. But before you excavate your CDs and photos from storage to re-rip and re-scan, check out these top five apps for restoring your files with just one click.

Sharepod ( Windows, Mac)

Sharepod transfers your tunes, videos, podcasts, and photos from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad to your Windows or Mac computer with just one click -- for just $20. You get 50 transfers for free before purchase. Sharepod also comes with a helpful database backup should anything … Read more

Wondershare TunesGo review

Wondershare TunesGo lets you manage the media on your Apple devices, and move it from one to the other without going through iTunes. With this handy app, you can quickly export all kinds of files to your computer or just back up your data, so you don't have to worry if your device is lost or damaged.

Pros

Nice interface: This program offers a sleek and streamlined interface through which you can easily access all app features. Large buttons identify different actions, and clear instructions let you know what to connect and when. There are also status bars that … Read more

Photo4Tune review

Photo4Tune is a photo app that combines a number of different social features into one unique tool. It's a little bit Snapchat, a little bit Facebook, and a lot of fun -- at least potentially.

Pros

Get social: Photo4Tune provides a lot of ways for users to interact with one another, including commenting on images, chatting, and even inviting people to events. Photo4Tune will let you see which of your contacts are already using the app; none of our friends were, but it's easy enough to invite people to use it.

Multiple ways to share -- or not: … Read more

Tune Sweeper 4 review

Tune Sweeper 4 harmonizes your iTunes library and hard drive by purging entries that aren't on your disk anymore and adding unlisted songs. Duplicates and missing tracks are annoying, but fixing the issue is made easier with Tune Sweeper. It can keep your library tidy in the background, or you can stage mass purges when the issue becomes too big to ignore. Updates to version 4 include Missing Artwork, Fix Track Info, and iTunes Statistics.

Pros

Easy on the eyes: Tune Sweeper 4's tabbed interface is easy to navigate, and its minimalist style complements the look of iTunes.… Read more

AutoRap review

AutoRap "rappifies" your speech, mapping syllables to a beat and creating a unique rap every time you speak to it. This app works great, providing quite amazing results even when you're speaking nonsense or merely making weird sounds. But to keep using it, you need Plays, which you must either buy with cash or gather by installing various sponsored apps.

Pros

Awesome functionality: AutoRap turns your words into a rap that sounds great, as if it had been made in a studio and mixed with professional equipment. Whether you hurl words at the mike, recite poetry, or … Read more

TuneUp Battery & Task Manager review

AVG's TuneUp Battery & Task Manager gives your smartphone or tablet a performance boost and helps you save disk space and extend your battery life, but it requires you to perform many actions manually. This app doesn't automatically fine-tune your device with a single tap, nor does it provide enough system optimization and management features to satisfy geeks. Still, for most users it can prove useful.

TuneUp Battery & Task Manager downloads and installs before you can say antidisestablishmentarianism. It greets you with a straightforward interface, through which you can kill tasks and processes, check the condition of … Read more

TinyUmbrella review

TinyUmbrella backs up your iOS firmware SHSH blobs and can restore them to downgrade your device to an older working firmware, proving to be a potential lifesaver whenever an iOS jailbreak operation fails. This program combines two earlier tools called Umbrella and TinyTSS.

Pros

Brings you peace of mind: TinyUmbrella effectively eliminates the risks associated with jailbreaking an iOS device by saving your firmware and sending it to a remote server from where it can always be restored.

Accessible: Even if you're not tech-savvy, you should be able to use this app without any problems. The clean and straightforward … Read more

TuneIn Radio review

TuneIn Radio turns your device into the ultimate radio, making it easy for you to listen to almost any station in the world. This highly polished app will impress you not only with its functionality, but also with its beautiful, streamlined interface, good overall performance and streaming quality, huge selection of available stations and podcasts, and powerful search feature.

Pros

Over 100,000 stations and 2 million podcasts: Few other radio apps out there can compare with TuneIn Radio when it comes to the sheer number of listening options available. This app brings to your device every imaginable type of … Read more

TuneIn Radio review

TuneIn Radio provides access to countless radio stations from all over the world, searchable by location, category, or program type. Listen to whatever's playing live, or access tons of archived episodes of your favorite shows and podcasts to stay entertained all day long.

Pros

Tons of options: No matter what you're interested in listening to, you're sure to find plenty of stations playing it in this app. You can search for a specific station, browse local options, or look up a specific program and listen to previously aired episodes.

Favorites: Since there are so many stations available, … Read more

Ashampoo WinOptimizer 11 review

Ashampoo's all-new WinOptimizer 11 packs more tools for cleaning, optimizing, and protecting your Windows PC than its freeware competitors, including WinOptimizer Free. And it has a sophisticated yet easy-to-manage layout with support options that the free system utilities can't match. In addition to regularly scheduled system maintenance and tweaks, WinOptimizer 11 has a One-Click Optimizer, extras like anti-spy protection, and a host of modules. Recent upgrades include Live Tuner 2.0, Game Booster, and User Rights Management.

Pros

Does it all: WinOptimizer 11 has an impressive array of tools and features -- more than other software of its … Read more