Thursday, June 14, 2007

A Few More Useful iPod Utilities

Further to my earlier post on how to access your iPod music directly, here are a few more useful bits of free software for iPod owners…

Pod PlayerPod Player Windows Compatible

Pod Player is a freeware application that allows you to play music from your iPod while it is connected to your PC and with with no requirement for iTunes or any of the restrictions that places on accessing your iPod from different PCs.

You'll then be able to views your songs in a similar way as in iTunes (by artist, genre, album, playlist, etc) and you can also extract songs from it. There are a few little extra features such as iPod Hacks, checking for duplicates etc.

Similar utilities worth checking out are Yamipod, Floola, MediaChest Apple CompatibleLinux CompatibleWindows Compatible and gtkpod Linux Compatible with Floola probably being the best of the bunch and still undergoing continuous development. You might also find it worth keeping an eye on development of Songbird Apple CompatibleLinux CompatibleWindows Compatible, as it can also access your iPod files. It's based on Firefox and is really a web browser, player and digital jukebox all rolled into one and looks very promising.

Pod PlayervPod Windows Compatible

vPod is a program for transferring music to your iPod from Windows. It presents a unified view of all of your music and lets you see what is and what is not already on your iPod.

Similar utilities worth checking out are Ollie's iPod Extractor and Podview Apple Compatible.

Wikipedia has a decent comparison table of iPod managers and there's a review of free iPod managers here as well.

CDex Windows Compatible

CDexCDex is a CD/Ripper music encoder. CDex can extract the data directly (digital) from an Audio CD, which is generally called a CD Ripper or a CDDA utility. The resulting audio file can be a plain WAV file (useful for making compilation audio CDs) or the ripped audio data can be compressed using an audio encoder and it supports loads of these.

The thing most in its favour is the fact that you can install it on your iPod and run it directly from there so you can use your iPod as a portable CD ripping tool. If used in conjunction with one of the iPod managers above, it'll allow you to transfer the ripped tracks into your iPod music database or you could just copy them onto your PC once back at base and then import them into your music player.

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