Back up your iPod, for free

Although there have been several shareware choices to allow you to copy songs from your iPod to your computer, the freeware field has been empty--until now.

Although there have been several shareware choices to copy songs from your iPod to your computer, the freeware field has been empty--until iDump came along.

A clean, spreadsheet-style layout displays all music from the iPod attached to your computer, and is narrowed to a playlist through a drop-down menu or a specific song search. Songs can be organized by everything from song name or artist to bit rate, year, or even location on the iPod. iDump displays the song's iPod path, cracking Apple's unusual file-saving protocol. A main window tab takes you to output options, and from there you simply choose your songs and hit copy. Clicking once on a song selects it, and there's also a smart feature that plays the song you've selected in iTunes. The app also clocks in at under 1MB, so it's small enough to live on your iPod. We'll let you figure out why thats a good thing.

The only drawback to iDump is that it doesn't automatically import the songs into iTunes once they've been copied to your hard drive. Thats a small quibble, though, compared to the usefulness that this app offers up for free.

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