I was recently wondering what to do if in fact my computer ever did somehow crash and I did not have my music backed up. After going through the conventional way of backing my music up to DVD, I decided there must be an easier way. I did a bit of research and eventually found a program called Sharepod. The program takes all of your music from your iPod and makes it very easy to send it back to your computer. You will no longer have to worry about your music being wiped from your computer as long as you can transfer it back through iPod and the other way around also. Now don’t worry about whether it is free or not because it is completely free. It is not one of those dreadful shareware programs. There is also no adware attached and you do not have to worry about viruses. If you would like to donate to the company they would greatly appreciate that too. Sharepod makes it possible to separate by playlist or even artist. It can be used instead of iTunes, unless you purchase from the iTunes store. The download is short and simple. Just follow the steps closely and save your music.
Here are the steps:
1) Go to http://www.sturm.net.nz/website.php?Section=iPod+Programs&Page=SharePod
2) Scroll down and find the Download Sharepod here area.
3) Download and follow the instructions to install the program.
4) Read the manual provided by the webpage.
5) Begin transferring your music.
Other programs like Sharepod-
Tansee iPod Transfer re. Price: 19.95
iPod to PC v1 Price: 19.95
iDump 1.1.1 Price: Free
Lenogo iPod to PC Transfer Deluxe Price: 19.95
I do not recommend the use of these other programs however. I have not used iDump before, but according to the Editor’s Review at www.download.com the program is fantastic. I would also advise not spending money for one of these programs. Sharepod is free, easy, and I have personally used it with my iPod to back my music up.
NOTICE – DO NOT USE SHAREPOD TO STEAL OR SHARE MUSIC WITH YOUR FRIENDS. The intentions of this guide are not for you to go around and steal music. This is purely for backing up your music. I know many of you know that stealing music hurts musicians and as a musician myself, I feel that when/if I become a recording artist I would not want my music being stolen. If you know of any other programs I would be interested in learning about them and personally testing them.