How to – Copy files from iPod to PC/Mac


Consider a situation where your Windows PC has crashed. You had not created a backup of your data which included your iTunes Library and are now worried about losing all your favorites. You later fix your PC and want all your songs back.Now all yours songs were on your iPod and you need to transfer it from your iPod back to the PC. iTunes does not allow such transfers.

Let us explore another problem which is similar to the one above. Say, your friend has a movie on his iPod which you too want but his iPod is synced with another computer. You just can’t copy and paste the movie due to the restrictions imposed by iTunes.

Well, now you have the solution.

In such cases Xilisoft iPod Rip comes in handy. There are tons of videos on YouTube and millions of How To on this niche and none of them seem to work but this one does. This allows you to transfer files, songs, videos from your PC to your iPod and the other way round without using iTunes. You could even backup your iPod files and restore them if an incident like the ones described above have been encountered. The software supports all kinds of iPods, from nanos to touches. It even works with your iPhone and is compatible with both PC and Mac. It is compatible with iTunes 9.0.3 (latest) and works like a charm. Xilisoft is a trustworthy company which makes loads of other software and freeware including iPod Rip which is magical. With this your iPhone or iPod could work as a hard drive and it even has an inbuilt player to play your songs on the go.

As soon as you plug in your iPod , Xilisoft detects it, it displays all the details about the iPod just like the way iTunes does.Next,you’ve got three options on the bottom to choose from- Copy files to iPod, Transfer files from iPod to PC/Mac or transfer files from iPod and iPhone to iTunes for backup. The UI isn’t that complicated and is comfortable even for beginners. The file is 5.80 MB and if you like it you could have it for $25.95 .

Go ahead, and give it a try!

Website – http://www.xilisoft.com/ipod-rip.html
Features – 9/10
Performance – 9/10
Value for Money – 7/10.

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Apple Safari updated to 4.0.5

Apple on 11th March released a patch for Safari. Sixteen fixes were present in total out of which six affected only Windows whereas the rest affected both Mac as well as Windows . Apple cites this update as “highly recommended” . The fixes improve performance, increase stability and enhance security.All security updates are basically remote code execution or application termination.

The following were fixed/updated :-

  • Performance improvements for Top Sites

  • Stability improvements for 3rd-party plug-ins Stability improvements for websites with online forms and

  • Scalable Vector Graphics

  • Fixes an issue that prevented Safari from changing settings on some Linksys routers

For detailed information about the security patches click here.

20 zero day security holes in Mac OS X [Security]

Charlie Miller a security expert is about to disclose potentially record breaking 20 zero day security holes in Apple’s Mac OS X. According to a source, the 20 zero day holes contained in closed source Apple products, said Miller.”OS X has a large attack surface consisting of open source components (i.e. webkit, libz, etc), closed source 3rd party components (Flash), and closed source Apple components (Preview, mdnsresponder, etc). Bugs in any of these types of components can lead to remote compromise”

According to Apple, Mac is quite safe and has no viruses. Apple still continues to bag a lot of Mac users for this very reason. The latest loopholes are a threat to the internal architecture of Mac OS. “They sell lots of computers and nobody doesn’t buy Apple computers because of a perceived lack of security. So in their minds, they don’t have a security problem until it affects their bottom line, which hasn’t been the case, yet”, said the expert.

Apple Director Passes Away

Apple Director Jerome.B.York passed away, former chief financial officer at Chrysler Corp. and International Business Machines Corp., and adviser to investor Kirk Kerkorian, died on March 18th in Pontiac, Michigan. He was 71 years old.

Apple says :

Apple® is sad to announce the death of Apple Board member Jerome B. (Jerry) York. York, the chairman, president and CEO of Harwinton Capital, joined Apple’s Board of Directors in 1997. He was the former CFO of IBM and Chrysler, and former vice chairman of Tracinda. He is widely acknowledged for his contributions at Chrysler and IBM during their turnarounds.

“Jerry joined Apple’s Board in 1997 when most doubted the company’s future. He has been a pillar of financial and business expertise and insight on our Board for over a dozen years,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It’s been a privilege to know and work with Jerry, and I’m going to miss him a lot.”

Kindle for Mac Out Now

Amazon has released a Mac version of their Kindle software. The file is 22MB in size and does exactly what it is supposed to do. If you do not own a kindle, you could read books purchased from the Amazon Store on your Mac. But if you happen to be an owner, you could sync your last left page with your Kindle using WhisperSync.

You could even browse the Amazon Store and purchase new books directly from your Mac. The application is for Intel-based machines only, OS X 10.5 and above. This would only survive for a few days as iBooks would appear, and would be the default book reading app for Mac.

Get it Now.

App of the Week- Awesome Note

Awesome Note or anote is an elegant, feature rich, dynamic , secure and highly customizable note taking application with todo.Awesome note allows you to create categories, delete them, edit them, password protect them and even customize them. You could have different backgrounds for different notes, different colors for your categories which makes it so customizable. It is a note cum to-do manager and does it’s job perfectly.

There are many other note taking applications which I tested including Evernote, Todo etc. But this one seemed to dazzle me. You could export and import notes from Google docs which is very unique. In other note apps you upload it to their servers but out here you do that to the Google server which makes it more unified. In case of damage or data loss you could backup from Google docs.

Password protection makes anote very secure. You could set a password for a category and lock it. Set up alarms for different notes, view notes in list or grid view, add quick memos, view notes from all categories, choose different fonts for your notes , put down the keyboard by a single tap of a button, apply different themes , choose icons for categories, reorganize your categories are some of it’s eye catchy features.

With the latest version you could further add diary view and calendar view in every folder, attach map locations, delete completed todo’s at once and even manage multiple notes at a time.

“With no flaws, Awesome Note is the best note taking app ever”

Performance – 10/10
Features – 10/10
Design – 10/10
Overall – 10/10
Platforms – iPod touch/iPhone
Price – $3.99 ( Lite version available too)

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Apple – Amazon War

The coming of the Kindle made a huge impact on publishers, authors and all the users around the globe. Kindle as we all know is an Amazon product which already has revived the book industry. Before the coming of the print culture, the society used to listen to ballads and folklore along with poetry. Then came in the print culture which sought to revolutionize the world. And then we could say came in the Amazon Kindle which was a huge milestone for books. You could read books, listen to books, carry multiple books around with you anywhere and anytime.
By seeing the Kindle flourish, many tech firms wanted to try their hand on ebook readers.

This year is the year of ebook readers. Sony, Barnes and Nobles and now even the Apple iPad is in the market.

Apple’s iPad will yet once again change the way we read books. Recently there has even been a controversy that the iPad would be able to read out loud all books in the EPUB format, which is quite unique.

The dynamic UI along with the revolutionary iBooks store will definitely give Amazon quite a lot of heat. Amazon even owns Audible.com which provides audio books. But as the iPad would be able to read all the EPUB books, audible is sure to go down.

iPad even boasts a huge 9.7 inch screen and has signed up five of the worlds best publishers. Amazon’s kindle is only an ebook reader whereas the iPad is an all in one device. And if Apple allows the Kindle app to be there on the iPad then people could have all their already purchased ebooks on the iPad. Great , isn’t it?

Amazon would have to come up with something new in order to compete with the iPad.

Awesome Bar – Does it enhance the Google experience or develop Google Fatigue?

Mozilla Firefox is one of  the most popular browsers in today’s era. It is highly customizable, secure, stable, fast and Mozilla claims it to be “The World’s Best Browser”. Awesome Bar is one of its most popular and unique features yet. Firefox gets you around your favorite sites in minutes. It is a sort of ” I’m Feeling Lucky” feeling. It searches up Google and takes you to the site without even putting Google in front of you. It just skips Google. Though this isn’t how it works , but to an end user it would appear to do the same thing.

Recently I made a switch from Chrome to Firefox to just give it a try and it turned out to be terrific. I played around with its features and tweaked some to improve performance. It was good.

I am not trying to promote Firefox here, but instead want to talk more about the Awesome bar feature . So, Awesome Bar usually keeps you out of Google. This in turn does affect revenue generation for Google. For example – If you search for a term in Firefox say “Good Directions YouTube” , it would redirect you to the YouTube page and play the video. But if you searched for the same term in Google Chrome’s address box, it would return search results on Google, which would enhance Google’s revenue generation.

Though you have a separate Google bar beside the Awesome Bar but people usually type in their query into the address bar itself. Mozilla still tries to maintain its terms with Google, by making Google its default search engine and using a customized Google page for its startup. Sometimes it even does not render the page which we were wanting to go to. But it tracks user details and customizes it according to your needs.

What do you feel? Are you developing a Google fatigue ? Seems that Mozilla has.

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Apple’s Tim Cook awarded

Apple has awarded Tim Cook a whooping 22 Million Dollars as bonus. Tim Cook took care of Apple and managed day to day operations when CEO Steve Jobs was away for 6 months due to ill-health. This was Steve Jobs personal recommendation that he be awarded . Jobs feels that Cook was the right man for the job, and he didn’t let Apple feel his absence.

“The bonus is a reward and is also to stay competitive,” said Kaufman Bros analyst Shaw Wu.

“Cook has been targeted by other companies, and he’s proven to be very adept and capable at leading Apple. I think they need to keep the conversation competitive to keep him from getting lured away,” he said.

Cook could succeed Jobs for Chief Executive position at Apple. Earlier he worked for Compaq until Jobs hired him for Apple. On January 2007, he was promoted COO. Till date he remains COO but is seen as a very capable person who could succeed Jobs.