Pod to PC is one in a growing genre of apps designed to make up
for an iTunes flaw: The inability to copy music and video from the
device. Pod to PC allows you to automatically or manually copy any
music, video and playlists from your iPod or iPhone directly to
your iTunes library.
Pod to PC does what it says it does, and it works swiftly and
well. You can check tracks on a one-by-one basis, or you can use
the automatic transfer feature that takes every music file, video
file or playlist file on your iPod and copies it over with one
click. Pod to PC even has a handy media player built in for
previewing files before copying–just in case you forgot what
Slipknot sounds like.
Using only a minimal amount of RAM and system resources, Pod to
PC only requires iTunes to be installed and running. The only
drawback is that the demo version is really irritating to use.
The demo of Pod to PC crosses a line from informing the user
about the full, paid version to the realm of the obnoxious. First,
the Auto-transfer button is clickable instead of being grayed out,
and you can even click OK on the next screen. Instead of
auto-transferring, though, it instead pops up a nag screen telling
you that auto-transfer is disabled in the demo and that only 10
songs at a time can be transferred. Not only that, but from the
second manual transfer onward, that same screen comes back, but
this time with a 60 second counter; the entire app is frozen
(including any app windows you have open) until the timer counts
down. There’s getting people to buy the app, and then there’s the
ridiculous, and this is the latter.
Irritation aside, the full price of $10 makes it a bargain
compared to similar-performing competitors such as CopyTrans and iPodRobot iPod
Video Converter (each $20). Unlike CopyTrans, Pod to PC
automatically checks for duplicate files throughout your iTunes
library, and won’t just create a big mess of duplicates–Pod to PC
will automatically skip any files that already exist on the host
As with all products of this type, being able to copy from any
iPod doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to play the files. Any
digital rights management will still be in full force, so your
iTunes will have to be authorized to play those tracks.
Out of all iPod copy apps I’ve reviewed, this one is the
cheapest and works the best–but you’ll want to go ahead and get
that $10 registration code immediately. It’ll save you a lot of
Note: The demo transfers only up to 10 songs at
a time, and auto-transfer is disabled. Also, after the first few
transfers, a 60-second nag screen pops up, halting performance
until the timer reaches zero. The full version costs $10.