At a Glance
- Lets you backup iOS content without iTunes
- Syncs with iTunes if you want
- Backs up audio, video, and apps only
CopyTrans is a useful companion to iTunes for managing iOS content.
CopyTrans provides important functionality that iTunes just
doesn’t: the ability to back up individual media files directly
from your iPhone or iPod to your PC. I have reviewed
CopyTrans in the past, mostly favorably, but the product hit a
wall when the iPad
4 were released: CopyTrans didn’t work with either.
That’s all changed with the release of CopyTrans 4.1.1, as it
now has full iPad and iOS 4.x support out of the box. I
successfully tested it with both an older iPhone and a newer iPad,
and it worked flawlessly with both. I quickly and easily backed up
files from the devices straight to the appropriate iTunes
folders. And the best part is, unlike the previous version,
CopyTrans doesn’t need to launch iTunes in the background to do its
thing. That saves you RAM and other system resources.
Note that there’s no way to install CopyTrans individually: you
must install the suite first.
The main criticism of the previous two versions of CopyTrans
regarded its inability to set a custom iTunes folder during a smart
backup. That’s still an issue in this version, but there’s a way
around it that I’ve recently discovered: Click Manual Backup, click
Folder, and tell CopyTrans where your music actually is. That way,
you won’t end up with a flood of duplicate music files. The Smart
Backup feature, therefore, isn’t very smart, as it seems to always
put the music in the wrong place. You’re going to want that greater
control over where the many gigs of music on your device will
Other than the Smart Backup continuing to not be very smart,
CopyTrans is pretty handy to have around. Many Apple device owners
may still wish that moving files from a device to your PC were
natively supported by Apple. Until then, though, there’s
Note: The demo version allows for backing up
only 100 tracks at a time. The full version costs $20.