The Bottom Line
- Medium speed - moved 2.41GB in 22 minutes
- Doesn't move anything other than contents of iTunes app
- No way to tell at a glance what needs to be transferred
- Lacks other common features
- Software to transfer music from iPod to computer
- Runs on Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista/7 (this review was done on Windows 7)
- Desktop software only, not an iPhone app
- Price: US$19.90
Guide Review - TuneAid Review, Software to Transfer Music from iPod to Computer
While TuneAid isn't the fastest software to transfer music from iPod to computer that I've tested, it's solid. It moved my standard test--590 songs/2.41 GB--in 22 minutes. While not as speedy as, say, Bigasoft iPod Transfer, it's nowhere near as slow as iPod 2 iPod.
The Missing Features
While TuneAid does a competent job moving the contents of the iPod app to a desktop computer (though its lack of any simple way to see what songs are in iTunes, and thus shoudln't be transferred, is a frustration), it really doesn't do anything else. It's got no way to move address books, calendars, ringtones, photos, or videos, all features many of its competitors offer. When you consider that many of the programs that offer this larger feature set cost the same as TuneAid, of just $5-$10 more, the omission of these features is all the more frustrating.
TuneAid's core feature set is solid, but it doesn't seem to have kept up with the time. As iPods and iPhones have gotten more complex, and have more data to transfer, TuneAid hasn't added features that its competition has. Until it does, I'd look for a more full-featured program.