Review & Alternatives
"Transfer iPod to iTunes & Computer"
When you want to synchronize the music in your computer with your iPod, iTunes is the most common way to go. But sometimes it can be too risky, since iTunes can automatically delete the stuff in your device as a part of its synchronization process, and that’s the reason why CopyTrans was created. It comes as an alternative to help you transfer files between your computer and your iPod, iPhone or iPad device without the slightest worry that any of your files will be erased. If iTunes is an important tool to you, then CopyTrans can be used as a complementary program that helps you update your iTunes library to match the contents in your device so that you can continue using iTunes safely.
There are two ways to install this product. You can either download the zip-package, which includes a portable version of CopyTrans and needs no installation, or you can grab CopyTrans Control Center, which serves as a downloader for CopyTrans products. If you used CopyTrans Control Center to download a program, then you also have to use it to open the program.
Supported operating systems are Windows XP, Vista and 7 (32 & 64-bit versions). CopyTrans is compatible with iTunes version 7 and above.
The software has a modern interface with most of its features available to the user from the main screen. If you have a device connected, you can see its contents on the center of the window, or use the category boxes (Categories, Genres, Artists, Albums and Playlists) to filter out unwanted files. When there are more than one devices connected, the drop-down box on the top left corner will list them and you can choose which one you want to manage. Next to the device selection box are two choices, “Smart Backup” and “Manual Backup”; the first choice is for transferring only files and data that are missing from iTunes, whilst the second option gives you the ability to select manually files that you want to transfer.
With CopyTrans, the fear of losing your data as result of an undesirable iTunes synchronization is now gone. Simply connect your device and copy its contents to your empty or new iTunes library using CopyTrans. The procedure will copy your music, videos, apps, playlists and virtually anything stored in the device, and transfer it to the iTunes media folder. You can also copy the media to your hard drive or an external storage device as well.
There are two backup options, “Smart Backup” and “Manual Backup”. Smart backup will scan what is missing from the iTunes library and automatically copy it from the device. Manual Backup will let you choose what you want to transfer.
Comprehensive online user guides and helpful problem troubleshooting pages are available in the product’s website.
It is not clearly stated, but the unregistered version of the program allows you to transfer only 100 songs.
One nice and free alternative is SharePod. It is used in the same way as CopyTrans, although it has the added advantage that it can be run from the iPod itself. TouchCopy (paid) is another substitute that has drag & drop support between files in the computer and the connected device.
Great program that needs very little time to get used to. It also has a very low price considering its functionality, so that’s one more reason to give it a try and purchase it if you’re satisfied after the trial.
What's new in this version: Version 4.817 adds iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad Application backup.
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