The Bottom Line
- Allows you to transfer library to desktop computer or another iPod
- Abominably Slow: moved 590 songs in 1 hour, 20 minutes
- No way to tell at a glance what needs to be transferred
- Doesn't move anything other than contents of iTunes app
- Doesn't move ratings or playcounts
- Software to transfer music from iPod to computer
- Runs on Windows XP/Vista/7
- Desktop software only, not an iPhone app
- Price: US$39.95
Guide Review - iPod 2 iPod Review, Software to Transfer Music from iPod to Computer
The Boys Downunder
IPod 2 iPod is far and away the slowest program that transfers music from iPod to computer that I've tested. In my standard test--590 songs/2.41 GB--the program took 1 hour, 20 minutes to complete a transfer that lacked star ratings and playcounts to boot. To date, the second-slowest program I've tested, Media Widget, took 48 minutes. Big difference.
In looking at the results of the transfer, I noticed that iPod 2 iPod had moved 630 songs, which seems odd given that I only had 590 to move. In investigating this further, I discovered that the program had converted some songs that had been in AAC format to MP3 during the transfer and moved both copies of the file. This probably explains the long time it took to complete the transfer. Why the program would do this, though, eludes me. I couldn't find a setting that would allow me to turn this off.
To make matters worse, some files transferred with mangled data. Songs that previously had standard names, were renamed during the transfer to things like "a981122a04f7d04922."
I also encountered an error window every time I connected a new device telling me that things weren't working right. However, when I dismissed the error, everything seemed to be fine.
Like TuneAid, iPod 2 iPod doesn't offer any features outside of music transfer. It can't move videos, calendars, ringtones, text messages, or any of the other kinds of data that more advanced programs in this category can.
Until it's modified, look elsewhere. IPod to iPod is simply too slow, too confusing, and too high-priced (At $39.95, it's $15-$20 more than most comparable programs).