AppleScript isn’t the only way code warriors have crafted helpful utility programs for the iPod. Here’s an assortment of standalone software programs that do wacky and useful things for Mac iPods.
You can find links to all of these programs on the “Missing CD” page at http://www.missingmanuals.com.
iPod Access can provide a complete backup copy of the iPod’s contents, including purchased music, to a designated folder on the Mac. If you didn’t find an iPod song-transferring utility you liked back in Chapter 2, iPod Access does that, too. This $10 Mac OS X program copies the songs in a tidy fashion and can even organize them into album and artist folders.
Pod 2 Pod can make an exact clone of one iPod and copy it onto a second one— music, contacts, files, and all. This Mac OS X program, shown in Figure 13-2, can also make a full backup of your iPod and all its contents onto your Mac’s hard drive as a slice of security in case your iPod gets broken, stolen, or lost. You can also restore the backup onto a new iPod when the time comes.
Figure 13-2. Pod 2 Pod offers an easy-to-understand way to make a clone of one iPod and copy it to another. It’s ideal for those of you who have too many iPods lying around the house and want all of them to be exactly the same.
iPod Launcher starts up a whole batch of programs and scripts automatically whenever you connect the iPod to ...