I’d like to think that our
Moving Music Off the iPod
article is so popular not because our readers routinely pilfer music from their friends’ iPods but rather because it provides a way for those whose computers have crashed to recover their media from the one backup they have — their iPod.
But that article does not address moving media off the iPhone and iPod touch. And the reason it doesn’t is because these devices are completely different beasts than previous iPods. Apple essentially protects music on “traditional” iPods by making the media folder invisible. Expose that folder and copy its contents to iTunes and you’re good to go. Not so the iPhone and iPod touch. Not only are these devices firmly locked down by Apple, but their media files are in an area that’s not easy to locate.
As the simple methods are impotent, what’s a body to do? Well, if that body owns a Macintosh, he or she heads over to Ecamm Networks and drops $10 on
iPhoneDrive. The current version, 1.2 as I write this, not only lets you use your iPhone and iPod touch as a removable hard drive (something other iPods do natively) but it allows you to copy the iTunes media from these devices.
It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it works. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, you should definitely check it out (a demo is offered that allows you to work with a limited amount of data).
Windows users? Haven’t a clue. If other developers have similar plans in the works, I’d love to hear (and write) about them.