PodWorks
PodWorks 2.9.6a
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Unique iPod song copier.   Shareware ($8.00)
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PodWorks is a Mac OS X application that compensates for the iPod's only downside: Apple only allows you to copy songs to your iPod. If you have two Macs and want to use your iPod to transfer music from one to the other, or you only store your music and videos on your iPod and need to copy them back onto your hard drive after a disk failure, you are out of luck!

This is where PodWorks comes in: it allows you to copy songs and videos from any iPod or iPhone to any Mac running OS X 10.4 or higher. Its important features include:
  • iPhone support: PodWorks is the first
What's New
Version 2.9.6a:
  • Minor fixes for Snow Leopard compatibility.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later, iPod.







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Stephen_Fry reviewed on 22 May 2013
An old app but it still works with my iPhone 5 and OSX10.8.3
[Version 2.9.6a]


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Sunburn reviewed on 16 Nov 2011
This WAS a good app, but hasn't been updated in more than two years and simply does not work at all for me with iTunes 10.5 under Snow Leopard. A shame, because it was fine when it worked...
[Version 2.9.6a]


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Revco commented on 22 Aug 2010
Not working with the current nano video ipods. Dev has known about this for some time but chooses not to address the problem. It's nearly a year since the last update and I'm beginning to think this is a dead app.
[Version 2.9.6]


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Lrowan reviewed on 20 Jun 2010
PodWorks it's probably the best tool for extract the songs (and movies) from an iPod. I have used it for years with several generations of iPods. For some reason I have think it doesn't will work with the touches. I was wrong. It works fine. It's quick, stable, cute and it cost less than the half than others apps that does the same, but are clearly inferiors, costs.
[Version 2.9.6]


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Stormchild reviewed on 25 Dec 2009
Unfortunately, this once-useful app is broken and looking like abandonware again. With an iPhone or iPod touch, the device shows up, but the app is plagued with problems that make it very frustrating to use.

- Selecting a playlist does not show its contents (the list shows all songs on the iPod no matter which playlist is selected).

- When selecting multiple songs, the copy function usually doesn't work. No error message or any other feedback is given…it simply does nothing. Sometimes it works if you try selecting fewer songs at once, but the only reliable way to copy songs is to do so one-at-a-time. This is so tedious it's often not even worth the trouble.

- After making a selection, if the list is re-sorted, the selection is lost. This makes it difficult or impossible to select multiple songs based on more than one criterion.

- Playlists show up in the wrong order. It's a minor issue if you only have a few playlists, but annoying if you have as many as I do.

At this point I strongly recommend NOT using this app and looking elsewhere for a solution.
[Version 2.9.6]


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Chiefted reviewed on 01 Dec 2009
8 dollars so well spent! PodWorks is currently saving my bacon.

After doing an iTunes upgrade, specifically, the iTunes Media organization upgrade.
about 500 of my purchased and ripped from CD musing was gone.

Yes I searched around and looked in so many places I was about to give up
when I went looking for a utility to copy from my iPod touch (which I hadn't
sync'd yet) back to iTunes.

Podworks is currently humming along, no muss no fuss.
Interface is quiet intuitive (send all to iTunes, Selected to iTunes, pretty self
explanatory), very stable (hasn't crashed) and value....well when you compare
what I spent in time and money building my iTunes library 8 bucks was dirt cheap
[Version 2.9.6]


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libecchio commented on 26 Sep 2009
Just to completely contradict the last review, I synchronised 16,000 songs from an iPod to a newly rebuilt Mac (OS X 10.6.1, iTunes 9.0.1) with only one trivial error; a Composer field was not brought across in half a dozen tracks.

There were a couple of problems, although I suspect they are down to iTunes rather than PodWorks:

1. The sync took a few attempts to get going - it froze after 20 or 30 songs the first couple of times;

2. Once the sync had completed, iTunes decided to recognise the iPod it had just received the files from as a "new iPod" and synchronised everything back to it!

I cannot fault PodWorks really; synchronising seems to be a difficult problem to crack in general and handling 16,000 files almost flawlessly is impressive. I tried a couple of similar applications, but they both froze repeatedly at the same place and could not be coaxed into continuing.
[Version 2.9.6]


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Robk reviewed on 25 Sep 2009
I have used Podworks and was disappointed with it. It is okay for copying a handful of tracks at a time (e.g. one album) but I found it VERY frustrating when copying lots of tracks at a time.

If the hard disk on your iPod has suffered some damage (which is a VERY common problem with hard`disk based iPods), PodWorks will report an "Filesystem error". You must click OKAY to continue EACH time. This is insane!! Podworks should log the error and automatically continue. At the end of the copying, Podworks should report that errors occurred and offer you to look at the error log report. It does not!!

In one of the menus, you can ask Podworks to show any "transfer errors". But when you do, you do NOT see any of these "filesystem errors". This looks like a bug.

Some of the tracks that Podworks copied were also corrupt (even though they play just fine on the iPod or within Podworks). I really wish the developer had included an option to VERIFY that the transfer was good. I know that would slow down the copying (but I could live with the extra time to prevent data corruption in my iTunes).

In other words, if you are copying a handful of tracks from your iPod to iTunes, Podworks is fine (but you may want to look at FREE alternatives). If you want to copy lots of tracks (or ALL the tracks off your iPod), I would recommend you pass on Podworks. It may take you HOURS especially if you have to manually click OK for EACH "filesystem error" that Podworks encounters when reading from an iPod with a damaged hard disk (which is a common problem).
[Version 2.9.6]


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Stainboy commented on 29 Jun 2009
if you're a PodWorks user and saw it stop working when you updated your iPhone or iPod Touch to the 3.0 software, never fear...the developer has a compatible version in beta that will be released shortly.
[Version 2.9.3]


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22duke reviewed on 06 Mar 2009
why does this software not automatically skip errors and continue it's work??? Does the developer really expect us to babysit the application for several hours 9 so far for 60GB of music??


It also does not seem to transfer movies well every second one creates an error message and manual intervention to continue the progress is needed :-(
[Version 2.9.3]


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Shock-J had trouble on 21 Mar 2011
Have owned this product for years and through various iPod models. Has always been at the top of it's class, but it looks like it's been abandoned. No updates in 18 months. I store/backup all my ripped music on my 80G iPod classic. I got a new Mac Mini and went to "restore" all my music to it. Podworks worked fine less the fact that the artwork didn't copy through for about 10% of my music (approx 800 tracks). I know it's there, I see it (embedded in tracks) on my computer at work and on the iPod itself. Somehow it's getting left behind/omitted in the transfer. Wish this app was still getting updated. Haven't found an alternative as good yet. Oh well, I guess the search continues.
[Version 2.9.6a]


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Odayuan had trouble on 25 Sep 2009
Not really support 10.4.11 PPC
[Version 2.9.6]


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Brian Tombaugh had trouble on 25 Sep 2009
Link doesn't work. Tries to link to version 2.9.7, but 2.9.6 is current with the listed updates. Either access the software through the author's website, or change the link in your url to: http://www.macupdate.com/download.php/10273/PodWorks_2.9.6.zip

Great software. Worked great for me when I needed it several years ago...
[Version 2.9.6]

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Brian Tombaugh commented on 26 Sep 2009
Link fixed. Thanks!

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Gregory Linton rated on 06 Aug 2013

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Tania Schatow rated on 11 Nov 2011

[Version 2.9.6a]



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Elnacho rated on 23 Feb 2011

[Version 2.9.6]


Downloads:112,491
Version Downloads:15,197
Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Shareware
Date:25 Sep 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $8.00
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PodWorks is a Mac OS X application that compensates for the iPod's only downside: Apple only allows you to copy songs to your iPod. If you have two Macs and want to use your iPod to transfer music from one to the other, or you only store your music and videos on your iPod and need to copy them back onto your hard drive after a disk failure, you are out of luck!

This is where PodWorks comes in: it allows you to copy songs and videos from any iPod or iPhone to any Mac running OS X 10.4 or higher. Its important features include:
  • iPhone support: PodWorks is the first (and currently only) iPod song transfer app for the Mac to recognize and allow transfers from the iPhone.
  • Superior performance: Many other standalone iPod song transfer utilities work by reading song data out of every song on the iPod--a slow process. PodWorks, by contrast, reads its data directly from the iPod's internal database, resulting in nearly instantaneous display of your song list.
  • More metadata: Since PodWorks can read from the iPod's internal database, it can also display and sort by song "metadata" not available through ID3 (including Date Added, Play Count, and Star Rating).
  • iTunes integration: In addition to copying songs to the Finder, PodWorks can send songs, playlists (registered version only), and metadata (star ratings, play counts, track numbers, etc.) directly to iTunes. It can also filter its song list to show you only the songs on the iPod that are not present in your iTunes library.
  • Playlists: PodWorks recognizes your iPod's playlists. Entire playlists can be copied to your computer with a single drag (registered version only).
  • Song Playback: PodWorks allows you to preview songs before you copy them by playing them directly off the iPod (not yet available for iPhone).
  • Strong organizational capabilities: Copying large numbers of files can get messy, so PodWorks can automatically sort transferred files into directories and change their filenames according to your preferences.
  • Portability: PodWorks can be placed on your iPod for convenient access away from your home computer. It will work when run off the iPod, and will remember its registration information even when connected to a previously unknown machine.


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