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iRip 2.1

Transfer songs from your iPod or iPhone back to your Mac or PC

by Nick Peers

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Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: $24.95 (Windows)
Date Updated: 17 January 2015
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Downloads To Date: 2113
Developer: The Little App Factory
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iRip on the Mac
You can transfer your entire library or just selected tracks from your iPod to your computer.

Getting music from your computer to your iPod, iPhone and iPad is easy thanks to iTunes, but the reverse isn’t always true: if you want to transfer your media collection back from your iPod to a new computer or your existing computer as part of a data recovery exercise, it’s less straightforward. First, iTunes is automatically set to synchronise your iPod with your computer's contents, which means if you fire it up expecting to transfer your iPod's content back you'll not only be disappointed, you may even end up wiping the content from your iPod!

This is a problem third-party vendors have fallen over themselves to provide a solution for. iRip aims – like most Little App Factory products – to make this process as simple as possible. Download and launch the program without plugging in your iPod – the first thing it'll do is check to see if auto-sync is enabled in iTunes; if it is, you'll be warned about switching it off before you go any further.

Once done, it's just a case of plugging in your iPod – after a short pause a list of all your music will be displayed, with options to view other content too. Mac users get the best deal here - version 2 now supports videos, podcasts, ringtones, books and photos too; PC users must make do with audio and video content.

The simplest way to restore anything to your computer is to select your chosen category, then click the Transfer button and choose the Sync option. Alternatively, you can copy selected items to iTunes or a pre-selected folder – perfect if the bulk of your library is present, but you're missing a handful of items.

And that's it: it really is that simple. The trial version will allow you to copy 50 tracks off your iPod, iPhone or iPad before you'll be forced to register to continue using it.

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Simple and fuss-free solution to recovering content from your iPod to your Mac or PC.

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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