Each iPod works with just one iTunes library and one computer for syncing; iTunes won't allow copying your iPod library to another computer. Sometimes, however, you need this feature:
- If you have a new computer and want to move easily all your music to the new machine (the alternative is re-ripping every CD!).
- Your hard drive died, taking iTunes with it, but your iPod still has a copy.
- You want to make an iPod backup and save it elsewhere.
You might also want to copy iPod libraries to share music with friends, though the legality of this is still somewhat in dispute.
There are a number of programs that offer these features. iPodCopy, a US$19.99 program, is one of them. This is a step-by-step guide to using iPodCopy to copy iPods to PCs, backup iPods, or transfer an iPod library to a new PC.
To start, you'll need a copy of iPodCopy. You can download a free trial, and purchase a fully licensed copy, at http://www.wideanglesoftware.com/ipodcopy/index.html. It works on both Windows and Mac. This guide is for the Windows version.
Once this is done, install the software. When iPodCopy is installed, you will have an shortcut for iPodCopy on your desktop.