If you've ever been stuck with a non-functioning computer and a functioning iPod that has all your music on it, you are not alone. What's worse is if you have to format or replace your hard drive or reinstall your operating system. Now you're left with a clean hard drive, but the only backup of your digital music collection lives on the iPod and leaves you no way to retrieve it. If you're a Mac user, Senuti can help. Senuti (iTunes spelled backwards) is a tiny application that will bypass iTunes and restore your music collection from an iPod. It can also play the music on your iPod without forcing a sync.
Senuti will help you recover the contents of your iPod if your music library is somehow lost or damaged. It's a Universal Binary, which means the app works equally well on older PowerPC Macs and newer Intel Macs, and supports virtually every version of iTunes, including 8. Senuti is free, and requires Mac OS 10.4 to run. For Mac users still on Mac OS 10.3, there's an older version of Senuti available.
The app works because a copies of your iTunes contents--library, playlists, preferences, and file locations--are all stored in a database file on your iPod. Senuti uses that file to quickly recreate your iTunes library and all of its contents on your desktop or laptop. Senuti also allows you to select the destination folder for your restores, so you don't overwrite your iTunes library without reviewing the files first.
This story appears courtesy of PC Magazine.
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