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As I headed to San Francisco for the WWDC this week, I was looking forward to a nice hour's ride with my iPod and a good book ... shortly after takeoff, I plugged in my iPod and pressed Play. Instead of the sound of music, though, I was greeted by the sound of silence. Odd, I thought. I glanced at the iPod to see what might be wrong, and found it was restarting. Odder, I thought. So I repeated the process a few times, and had varying degrees of success -- sometimes I heard a few seconds of music, other times none at all. But every trial ended with the iPod restarting. Sigh. So much for my hour of music.

Even worse, though, was that I was headed out of town for a week, and my iPod was going to be the sole source of music for use during my early-morning hints updates, and any other writing assignments that came up. What to do...

Then I remembered Senuti, which Dan Frakes covered on macworld.com last year. Senuti helps you move music from your iPod to a connected Mac. Clearly my iPod had issues, but I was hoping Senuti would be able to read some of the data from it, giving me at least a small library of songs to listen to (from the Mac) for the week. (I couldn't transfer everything, because my MacBook's drive lacked the capacity.)

Using a simple iTunes-like interface, Senuti did a great job transferring my music to the MacBook. It did crash a few times when my iPod went into its random restart routine, but I don't blame the app for those problems! Relaunching and skipping the troublesome song worked fine every time. The transfer process in Sentui couldn't be simpler -- select a bunch of songs or albums or playlists in the iPod source entry, and drag them to the iTunes source entry, then wait. Senuti even handles details such as play counts properly.

Thanks to Senuti, I managed to get a good selection of tunes onto the MacBook for the week. I then used the iPod Updater to restore my iPod (all our music lives "for real" on the G5 at home, so nothing will be lost), and let it sync to the MacBook. It seems to be working fine now, so I've got music for the flight home, too.

And yes, pirates could use Senuti to make illegal copies of music. But the truth is that there are tons of tools for copying music from iPods to Macs. The presence or lack thereof of Senuti won't impact a pirate's ability to do what they're going to do -- but personally, I was certainly glad it was available!

(A slightly longer and more detailed version of this writeup will appear on macworld.com later this week; we're a touch busy with WWDC coverage at the moment!)
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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: daren_mitchell on Aug 09, '06 11:59:10AM

WARNING!

I use this program all the time. It's great. Just be warned that it first copies music to your Music folder, then into iTunes.

The result is TWO copies of everything and the requirement of double the drive space. I've found no way of stopping it from doing this, or even to remove the loose music folders in the main Music folder.

If you don't have enough drive space it'll simply stop at some point with no warning message and without copying anything into iTunes!

Let it run, check to ensure that all copied into iTunes successfully, then delete the various loose folders in Music to free up some drive space.

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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: robg on Aug 09, '06 01:46:11PM

Wow, I hadn't even noticed that! Thanks for the heads-up. I probably woule have scored it a bit lower if I'd noticed that (not so minor) issue.

Still a very useful app to have in the toolkit.

-rob.



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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: JimAkin on Aug 09, '06 06:58:02PM

Thanks a million for the file-duplication tipoff.

I love Senuti, but hadn't been aware that it was poaching storage space on my iBook. I just recovered more than 10 percent of my drive capacity by purging the Music folder.

Cheers.

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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: macron1 on Aug 10, '06 12:42:10PM

ive not had this problem with senuti filling up my music folder with 2 copies of everything. did you try adjusting the default save location in preferences??? I think if you change it to the "iTunes music" folder (rather than just the "music" folder per se), your dups problem will vanish.



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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: badger brigade on Aug 09, '06 12:07:08PM

I stopped using Senuti a while ago in favour of iPodDisk, which does everything through the Finder. Senuti's still useful for certain tasks though, and it does work well.



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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: mm2270 on Aug 09, '06 12:07:56PM

Senuti is a nice application. I've been using it for a while now to copy tracks off my iPod to my work computer. All my original music lives on my home Mac. It makes the process incredibly simple.

Another nice product to try is iPodDisk. It essentially mounts your iPod as a browsable Finder volume, showing all your music organized exactly as you would expect, by Artist and Album, etc.
However, if my thinking is correct, I believe Senuti allows you to also copy playlists over to your Mac, not just the music files. Maybe I'm thinking of something else, but I think that's the case. iPodDisk does not show your playlists.



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iPodDisk does do playlists
Authored by: wyntir on Aug 09, '06 01:07:21PM

I hadn't heard of iPodDisk before, so I went and downloaded it and it's awesome. It does indeed show playlists, and in the correct play order (Senuti, also a great program, always seemed to order my playlists by the date that I added the songs--not terribly useful, if you care about the order at all). iPodDisk may end up being my favorite iPod downloading utility. Fast, free, simple, elegant--friggin' awesome!



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iPodDisk does do playlists
Authored by: morespace54 on Aug 10, '06 10:59:12AM

...but not UB... ;-)
It's really the only thing that makes my use Senuti instead...



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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: graemeaustin on Aug 10, '06 02:01:39AM

Sounds a useful app. And because there are so many of a similar function, I thought it worth mentioning PodWorks which is the one I use. You can copy tracks and playlists from the iPod with a nice user interface.



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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: markuswarren on Aug 10, '06 07:50:22AM

Another vote for Podworks from me. I've been using it for quite some time now and as with all good apps, it just works.



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another vote for PodWorx
Authored by: jeaginsky on Aug 10, '06 08:02:35AM

very useful for similar situations



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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: timrand on Aug 10, '06 10:26:53AM
I just recently used "Ollie's iPod Extractor" http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/12739 to pull files off of my iPod after I had a HD crash on my desktop system. Worked nicely.

ALL of these utilities require that you are able to mount the iPod on the desktop. If you want to be able to pull files from the iPod, you have to have the desktop mount turned on previously. Apple has closed down the proceedures for changing this setting on a new desktop if you don't have it set.

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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: morespace54 on Aug 10, '06 11:05:15AM

What do you mean "Apple has closed down the proceedures for changing this setting on a new desktop" ???



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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: leitch on Aug 12, '06 02:53:31PM

I started using iPodRip because it allows you to transfer the rating from your iPod back to iTunes. It's the only app I've seen that does that.



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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: brandonlgolm on Aug 18, '06 02:08:50PM

This app absolutely saved my buns after I messed up my library. (That taught me to have better backups of my library file!)



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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: stick345 on Dec 30, '06 04:09:47PM

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Senuti - Copy music from iPod to Mac
Authored by: aifans007 on Mar 31, '09 12:59:47AM
Yes.Senuti is a good one. I personally use Joboshare iPod Rip for Mac . It is amazing handy iPod backup, iPod rip software can fast rip ipod music, videos, photos, podcasts and TV Shows from iPod to Mac even without iTunes. All formats compatible with iPod are supported. Moreover, Joboshare iPod Rip for Mac helps you create, edit and delete iPod playlists. With the professional Mac iPod rip tools, you can copy files among multiple iPods at one time. Free download: Rip for Mac - rip music from ipod to mac

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