Notice: If you’re looking for an automatic backup/transfer program for the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, check out our new tutorial, “How to transfer music and files from iPad, iPhone, and iPod to computer.” It’s a more updated program than what we review below, and works even better.
There have been a couple posts across the web about backing up iPods. It’s a very good idea to have an extra copy of the contents in you iPod just in case that dreadful day actually comes. Well, have no fear, for CopyPod is here! CopyPod lets you backup songs, playlists, videos, ratings, playcounts, or even your whole iPod. CopyPod is not freeware, but as far as we have tested, the trial version works like a charm. Although, you only have 15 days of trial. Interested in having a backup copy of your iPod? CopyPod will do the job effortlessly. Here’s how to do it:
1) Preparing for Backup
Download and install the trial version of CopyPod. Before starting, make sure to put iPod in manual mode. To do so, open iTunes and go to edit->preferences->iPod and select “manually manage songs.” Proceed to close iTunes and make sure your iPod is disconnected. Once this is done, you can open CopyPod. A notice window will popup, you can click “Skip Getting Started” to get rid of it. Now you can safely plugin your iPod. CopyPod will automatically detect your iPod, and a window simlar to the one below will popup. When you are prompted to start listing songs, Click Yes.
Note: If you see the below message, always say “No”
CopyPod will start displaying all your songs and videos in the main box, as well as your artists, albums, and playlists. The next thing to do is to select the songs or videos you want to backup. To select individual songs, while pressing the Ctrl key, click on the songs you would like to backup. If you want the whole iPod backed up, do not select anything and proceed to the next step. If you accidentally clicked on a song and want to backup your whole iPod, right click the main box and select “Clear Selection” to deselect all songs. Otherwise, after you have selected your songs, go to the next step.
2) Backup Your iPod
To start the backup procedure, click on the button name “Folder” under “Backup To.” If you are backing up your whole iPod then a screen like the one below will popup. It will ask you if you want to backup your whole library. Click Yes.
The next step will require you to select a directory to backup your library to. Once you have done that, click “Ok.” If you are backing up many songs or your whole iPod, a prompt will popup warning you that you will need a full battery charge. Otherwise, the backup will start. Depending on how many songs you are backing up, the backup procedure may take a while. Once you see a window popup saying how many songs were backed up, you have successfully backed up your iPod! Not only has CopyPod backed up your songs and videos, but it also has kept your playcounts and ratings. From here you can write the files in your backup folder to a DVD for a hard-copy.
To learn how to restore your songs to your iPod look below.
3) Restoring Songs to Your iPod
Open iTunes. In the Edit menu, click Preferences and in the window that opens, go to the Advanced tab. Uncheck the options “Keep iTunes Music folder organized” and “Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library” as shown below.
The next step, you will be importing the backup you made to iTunes. In iTunes, click “File” and then “Import.” In the Import window that opens, make sure the File type is set to “All files.”
Select “iPodBackupLibrary_1.xml” and click Open.
Finally, do the same for “iPodBackupLibrary_2.xml”.
You’re all set! Your songs, playlists and other precious data have been imported to iTunes! All you have to do is transfer your songs to your iPod!