CNET Editors' review
Imagine you just got a shiny new Mac computer, and you'd like to transfer all your music from your MP3 player to it. Unfortunately, iTunes can't do that, but that is where Senuti comes into the picture. The application's simple interface will handle the process and copy your files within minutes.
While Senuti's basic interface is easy enough to follow, it's a good idea to take a few minutes to read the online Getting Started guide to make sure you don't inadvertently erase your iPod's library. For the record, selecting "Prevent auto-syncing with iTunes" should keep you from erasing your favorite music from your portable device. Also, the company says on its site that the program "is not required or intended for transferring Apple iTunes purchases," so keep that in mind.
We liked Senuti's simple interface, but it can be frustrating for advanced users with more complex needs. However, beginners will enjoy using the app, which aims to do one thing: move your music files from your iDevice to your Mac. After you connect your iPod or iPhone to the computer, Senuti marks the music files already in your iTunes library with a blue dot. This allows you to immediately spot which files are missing from your computer. After selecting the files, two available commands become active: Transfer or Stop. By default, the app will place the files into your iTunes Music library, but you can opt to copy them to another folder if needed. We were impressed by the copying speed, so if you need to back up your iPod fast, Senuti has got you covered.
During our testing we loved using Senuti, as the application does what it promises to do: back up music files in a speedy way. The trial version is limited to 30 days of free use or 1,000 songs.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Senuti 1.3b2.
From Whitney Young:
Senuti is a simple Mac OS X application for transferring songs from your iPod back to your computer. There are many good reasons that someone would have to transfer music from her iPod back to her computer. There are many good ways to do it, too. Senuti is the only alternative that will give you the power and convenience that you need, wrapped in an interface that is extremely easy to use, at a cost that you can't complain about. Lightning fast -- There's a little file on your iPod called the iTunesDB file. What does that mean to you? Nothing. What does that mean to me? Everything. Every bit of information on every song on your iPod is stored in this little file. Every bit of information on your playlists is stored in this file, too. It's how iTunes knows what's on your iPod. It's how your iPod knows what's there, too. There isn't a much faster way to figure out what's on your iPod. Finding Songs -- Senuti includes all of the built in options that one would expect to find songs. You can search and sort in any combination of ways that you want. That's not quite enough sometimes, though. Sometimes you might want to know if you're copying the right song. Know how it goes, but don't know if that title is quite right? Play it. That's right, Senuti will play songs directly off of your iPod. It can even double as a jukebox player for your Shuffle or any other iPod. Playlists -- Senuti not only reads the playlists that you made on your iPod, but it allows you to transfer them back to your computer as well. A simple drag and drop action within the application will not only copy songs to your computer and and add them to iTunes, but it will make a new playlist with the same name and add all of the songs to that list. Seamless Integration -- Adding songs to your computer, you're probably going to add them to iTunes right after that, right? What if you didn't have to, wouldn't that be great? Well you don't have to. Senuti will do all of the work for you. What work you want it to do is up to you. You can have songs added to iTunes if you want. You can have all of your music organized into folders by artist and album, too. The option's yours.
What's new in this version: Improved connection stability with iOS devices
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All versions:4.4 stars
out of 60 votes
Current version:5.0 stars
out of 3 votes
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"Worked for 160 GB iPod - also needed Song Sergeant"
Version: Senuti 1.3b2
*Fast Transfer - a few hours (TouchCopy only transferred 1000/22,000 files in 11 hours)
Not the fault of senuti - I also needed Song Sergeant utility to link files in my iTunes Library. 9500 of 22,000 could not be found.
This is the idea utility for large iPods. TouchCopy was a total failure.
"Life Saver! Easy and super reliable. Worth $18.99"
Version: Senuti 1.3b2
The transfers are quick and the program is very self explanatory. This is the only reliable program for retrieving media back to your computer.
If you are attempting to transfer audio from your ipod to your computer, the songs will not automatically go to itunes if there is any trace of ghost files on your computer from the songs. Senuti marked most of my songs as already transferred to iTunes, even though the original files on itunes could not be located. I had to manually drag all the songs into itunes from Senuti, but it gave me more control and I was able to put all the real files back on iTunes
Senuti is worth the $18.99. It is a legitimate program that saves your files and gives you a piece of mind. Plus, the newest version is very fast and the tech support is great. The free Demo only transfers 1,000 songs, which doesn't help much if your ipod is as loaded as mine is. I bit the bullet and bought that program and am so glad I did!
"A LIFE SAVER!!!"
Version: Senuti 1.3b2
O yeah guys....I just got a 2012 macbook pro cause my PC HDD fried! of course like all of you i lost my precious music collection. With no hope I went searching for alternatives to transfer my music from an iphone 4 to my new mac. Stop by cnet.com and BAM answer to my problems....Senuti! it took less than 2 minutes to transfer 971 songs from my iphone to my new mac! and WOW it did work! I HIGHLY recommend this software to anyone who wants to transfer UN-purchased music to itunes.