Advanced users often want to work with the root directories on their iPods, but this can't be done using iTunes. With iExplorer for Mac, you can manage your iPod media and work with root directories and other advanced features. Still, its price may be too high for most people.
Available as a free trial version with some limitations, the full program costs $35.00 as an upgrade. Exactly which features are limited in the free trial is not listed or apparent from use. The app was quick to install and load. iExplorer for Mac immediately determines if an iPod or iPhone is connected and prompts the user to connect one if not. As quickly as iTunes would, iExplorer reads the plugged-in device and gives an initial list of songs available. Surprisingly, it also appeared to sync with iTunes and listed other devices linked to the account that were not connected. While testing we noticed that the interface was well-designed and looked similar to the one native to iTunes. The basic media management features were also easy to use.
Access to root directories may be a good option for advanced users or those with jailbroken phones, but less experienced owners should be more careful due to the ability to delete necessary files.
In short, advanced users may find iExplorer's features worth the price, but for others a free program may be a better option.
iExplorer 3 is the ultimate manager for your iPhone, iPad and iPod. Built in to the all-new iExplorer 3 is music library access. You can view all the music on any iPhone, iPod or iPad and then transfer it into iTunes. With automatic iTunes track detection, iExplorer also handles avoiding transferring duplicate tracks automatically. The new iExplorer allows you to access more files and folders than ever before. Without modifying your phone, you can easily access the device's media folder, the app directories, and all of the information contained in your iPhone's backups. If you have a jailbroken device, you can also access the device's real root directory. One of the most exciting new features to the iExplorer is how you can mount your iPhone and iPad in Finder. Whether you're trying to access a directory within an app on your device, or you want to see your music files organized by name and artist, this app is the one that can make that happen for you effortlessly. View Photos & Videos iExplorer lets you view more photos and videos on your device than any other app. Whether you've downloaded a video from iTunes or you've recorded a home movie iExplorer makes those files and many accessible to you.