iPod Access
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Copy MP3 files from iPod to hard drive.   Shareware ($19.99)
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iPod Access is the leading iPod/iPhone music and video transfer application for the Mac. With iPod Access you have instant access to all the songs on your iPod or iPhone. Your songs can be be displayed and sorted in almost any fashion so you can find the songs you need right when you need them. With the new instant search feature in v4 you can find songs just as quickly as you would in iTunes. And once you have found the songs, movies and playlists that you want, iPod Access will copy them right back into iTunes or to an external drive for backup. If you need music from your iPod back on your
What's New
Version 4.4.1:
  • Fixed crash in registration on 10.3.9 Panther
  • Improved error handling.
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
  • iTunes 7.3.2 or later
  • QuickTime 7.2 or higher
  • iPod firmware 1.2 or later



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iPod Access User Discussion (Write a Review)
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SylvaPoluposa reviewed on 19 Jun 2009
After the big disappointment of iPodRip I tried this one.
And again ... disappointment and even more ... it locked my iPhone three times and eventually I gave up.
Downloading files was extremely slow on my Mac Book Pro but it did not crash like iPodRip did.
The drawer popping out on the right is very buggy and indicates this is made with RealBasic. So no Cocoa support here and willl certainly give problems when running on Snow Leopard.
It also has a major memory leak problem (about 50mb after you quit the program).

Reading the notes it seems the developer tried to warn every user of all sort of problems he can encounter when using iPod Access. A shame really because I good app should work without any danger involved.

iPod Access is not worth a penny for me because of several issues and there are other free applications doing the same, safer AND better.
[Version 4.2.5]

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Anonymous commented on 08 Jul 2009
Sylvapoluposa,

Below are some responses to your comments:

1. iPhone OS 3.0 support was released on July 1st. Unfortunately your 3.0 iPhone would not have worked with iPod Access before that. iPod Access was the first music transfer program to provide iPhone OS 3.0 support.

2. iPod Access is written in Realbasic as stated in the about box. I am surprised this is even on your radar. Many great things are written in Realbasic.

3. iPod Access will work in Snow Leopard when it is released or shortly after.

4. Memory Leaks do not exist after a program is closed, only while running. If you have 50MB getting tied up somewhere it either your OS or another program.

5. The warnings in the readme file are to prevent headache. Apple has gone to great links to automatically sync iPods. This can sometimes end up erasing iPods and all the users music. iPod Access has implemented safety routines to help guard against this but there are things a user can do to help prevent it. To be honest we have never had a complaint about providing too much information. If it annoys you please do not read it.

Sorry to hear your experience with iPod Access has not been great. Hopefully you will take another look at our app in the future and see if it meets your needs.
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Demoray replied on 03 Dec 2009
The Anonymous Developer said: "Apple has gone to great links to automatically sync iPods."

"Great links". I've never seen that before. It's brilliant. (Assuming it was an intentional homophone usage and not just a hilarious misunderstanding of the original phrase "great lengths").
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ispytonyv reviewed on 23 Aug 2007
Other than a couple crashes, this program worked awesome for me! Used it to copy all my iPhone playlists onto my new MacBook... very seamless and easy to use.
[Version 4.1]


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cougarblue reviewed on 29 Jun 2007
I found that I was unable to copy my playlists with IPod Access; as has been reported. Some songs were transfered as only as a title others with both song and title. That was a problem other reviewers had too. The program would be fine, if improvements could be made, and if already excellent programs were not already available for free.
I then went with my old standby the FREE Senuti. 5571 songs on my iPod, 5571 songs accounted for on my computer.
The report on iPodRip seemed a little too glowing so I checked the comments and reviews on that program as well. For the most part every review reported a problem with iPodRip.
I would give both programs two stars, unreliable with separate sets of problems. I can only recommend Senuti. It's not fancy, nor loaded with features, it just does the job flawlessly.
Until IPod Access can develop that reliability, I can't give it a positive recommendation.
[Version 4.0.6]

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Findley Designs (developer) replied on 02 Feb 2008
Playlist cloning and duplicate checking has been drastically improved in v4.2.

Starting with v4.2 for iPod Access to decide that a song already exists in iTunes the ID3 tags of the songs must match. If the Song Name, Artist, Album, Track Number, duration, bitrate or file type is different on either the iPod or iTunes they will be considered 2 different songs. When using the "Add to iTunes" or "Clone Playlist" functions of iPod Access this criteria is used to determine if the songs already exist before the copy takes place.
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Gareth_harvey reviewed on 20 Jan 2005
Well I used both iPod Access for Mac and the Windows Version to assist in the transfer of an iPod and iTunes Library from Mac to PC (including a reformat of the iPOd) and the program worked without a hitch. The backup and the copy to iTunes functions were great --- and so was the support from the developer...immediate replies to my questions and very helpful advice. I would thoroughly recommend this program!
[Version 3.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Aug 2004
It works just like it should. I Love it. I have used it to keep space free on my hard drive. Now I can delete parts of my iTunes Library and still be able to get it back off the iPod later. Using OSX v.10.3.4 on a 1.25dual processor machine w/ 768meg RAM. I have no problems with this app. on a 400mhz 192mb RAM Powerbook Pismo (OSX10.3.4) from 1991 either. I highly recommend this app.
[Version 3.1.5]

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Anonymous commented on 31 Oct 2005
my guess is that your Pismo is actually from 2001 and not from 1991...
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Findley Designs (developer) commented on 26 Jun 2004
Sergei Yakovlev, I am very sorry to hear that your iPod has stopped working but that has nothing to do with iPod Access. iPod Access does not alter in anyway your iPod Library. The reason I wrote this application was because I was fed up with the applications that do damage your iPod. The fact that your iPod was playing music badly proves that your iPod was having problems not related to iPod Access. The code functions of iPod Access are very simple, it copies files. It does not adjust audio quality or allow you to change any aspect of how your iPod plays/finds songs. Again I am sorry that you lost your music but I would suggest sending your iPod to Apple for repair. In the future I would appreciate it if you would send an email to tech support (support@drewfindley.com) instead of posting messages without a way for me to contact/help you. If you still require assistance with product you can also find troubleshooting tips on the support page of my website www.findleydesigns.com.

Regards,
Drew Findley
[Version 3.1.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Mar 2004
Here, again, is my free AppleScript for copying songs from an iPod to your desktop. Currently only one file at a time, but you can tweak it however you want. Copy and paste the following into Script Editor.

global myName
tell application "System Events" to set myName to the full name of the current user
display dialog "Enter the name of the iPod:" default answer "" & myName & "'s iPod"
set userName to the text returned of the result
if userName is not "" then
display dialog "Enter a partial or complete name of the file of the song:" default answer ""
set songName to the text returned of the result
if songName is not "" then
do shell script "find /Volumes/"" & userName & ""*" & "/iPod_Control/Music/*/*"" & songName & ""*"
set pathName to the result
do shell script "cp "" & pathName & "" ~/Desktop/"
end if
end if
[Version 3.1.4]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Mar 2004
What about support for other mp3 players (such as rio riots)?
[Version 3.1.3]

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Anonymous commented on 24 Mar 2004
iPod Access as defined by its name focuses on the iPod and iPod Mini by Apple computer. There are no current plans to support other players.

Regards,
Drew Findley
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Anonymous commented on 02 Jun 2004
How about get rid of your Rio & get a real MP3 player (iPod)

;-)
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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Mar 2004
Definitely not as good as my favorite, iPodRip. I'm a beta tester of iPodRip, and boy is the new release a stunning application.
[Version 3.1.3]

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Anonymous commented on 24 Mar 2004
Marcus,

I am sure iPodrip enjoys the advertisement you have given on this page for software that is not even available yet, but next time please leave some constructive criticism. iPod Access is loaded with features, if their is something you believe is missing please send me an email at support@drewfindley.com. I am always looking to improve the program.

Regards,
Drew Findley
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Anonymous reviewed on 24 Feb 2004
This program is long on promises, short on performance. (All efforts to test this program in a clean environment with the most recent software updates have been made.)

The program has some critical bugs. iPod Access supposedly offers a nice "cloning" feature to copy playlists from an iPod to iTunes. It specifically says that "If the songs are already in your library they will not be copied." This was clearly not the case, as I sorted through the results, noting hundreds of duplicate files now in my iTunes Library.

iPod Access also professes to offer a neat Backup feature - backing up the contents of the iPod onto a hard drive. Again, after numerous tries, the program would hang when only partially done.

Support is limited on the sparse web site, so to those who are considering purchasing this program might want to think again.
[Version 3.1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 24 Mar 2004
Anon,
I am sorry to hear you have had problems with the program. Most users experience no problems and the support page on my site has listed solutions to issues that may arise. Reading your issues I assume you are a registered user so please contact me. I would like to solve your problems so I can relate the answers to others in the future or repair a bug that may exist. The features you are having problems with seem to work great for most people but I am eager to fix any problems that arise. Support questions can be emailed to support@drewfindley.com as listed on the contact page of the website.

Regards,
Drew Findley
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Fzp rated on 05 May 2012

[Version 4.4.1]


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License:Shareware
Date:11 Jan 2010
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iPod Access is the leading iPod/iPhone music and video transfer application for the Mac. With iPod Access you have instant access to all the songs on your iPod or iPhone. Your songs can be be displayed and sorted in almost any fashion so you can find the songs you need right when you need them. With the new instant search feature in v4 you can find songs just as quickly as you would in iTunes. And once you have found the songs, movies and playlists that you want, iPod Access will copy them right back into iTunes or to an external drive for backup. If you need music from your iPod back on your computer then you need iPod Access.


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