Eliminate iPod’s only downside; share tunes among multiple Macs

PodWorks is a Mac OS X (Cocoa) application that compensates for the iPod’s only downside: Apple only allows you to copy songs to your iPod. If you have two Macs and want to use your iPod to transfer music between them, or you only store your MP3s on your iPod and need to copy them back onto your hard drive after a disk failure, you need a solution. Now you can use your iPod the way I want to use it, sharing my music and books among your Macs. PodWorks 2.0 is a major update to the Mac OS X application that allows you to copy songs from your iPod to another device. Version 2.0 adds playlist support, additional “metadata” columns, general bug fixes, and a correction to a table redraw error. More info and download link here.


  1. Nifty for a few features, but not strictly necessary. If you set your iPod preferences to allow FireWire hard disk use, it becomes a hot-pluggable hard-drive.

  2. Mount it as a FW drive, put the songs onto it, unmount it and connect it to your other Mac, then move the songs off. Yes, you are correct, the internal database is hidden, which means that you can only sync to one Mac, but there is always more than one way to skin a cat, as the saying goes.

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