Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Import iPhone 5 to iTunes

With the new iPhone 5 having appeared on the market, many of us have opted out to purchase it and have it as their main phone and multimedia device. Transferring songs from iPhone 5 to iTunes is not an easy matter unless you have all of your tracks purchased via the iTunes Store.

Chances are that you have music on your iPhone 5 you have downloaded from elsewhere and you want it back to your computer’s iTunes. I am using a third-party iPhone 5-to-computer backup program which supports the new iPhone 5.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How to backup iPhone to PC?

This article shows how to backup iPhone to PC. It is easy to transfer iPhone data to computer once you know how it is done. There are two types of iPhone data you can backup to computer. Choose from the two below:

How to backup iPhone contacts
How to backup iPhone Music and apps

Backup iPhone contacts:

It is essential that you keep a safe backup of iPhone contacts as a copy on your computer, even if you are using the iCloud or another account (email, exchange) as a way to sync iPhone contacts.

The iCloud is not always perfect and there have been known issues of iPhone contacts disappearing from device after iCloud sync. Here is how to make sure you backup iPhone contacts to your computer before it’s’ too late.

What will you need in order to transfer iPhone contacts to your computer:

The steps:

For the fully detailed steps, look here: How to backup iPhone contacts to computer

1. Download and run CopyTrans Contacts - the app linked above - on your PC and connect iPhone to computer. Your iPhone contacts will instantly appear within the main program window

2. Select all of your iPhone contacts by ticking the check-box next to Contacts

3. Next, simply drag and drop the contact selected from the program’s main window to any folder on your computer. I have chosen to create a new folder called “iPhone contacts backup” and place my iPhone contacts there

4. Now it’s time to select the format in which you want your iPhone contacts exported. It all depends on what you want to do with your contacts. If you are simply backing up for an eventual later restore to your iPhone, choose the iOS option

Note: If you want to export iPhone contacts to a contact manager application such as Outlook /Thunderbird, or your email, select the appropriate option

5. Now your iPhone contact entries will appear in your folder on your computer

6. This is how you create a safe backup copy of your iPhone contacts via the small iPhone contact backup app.

Also, check out the YouTube video below to see the iPhone contacts backup in action:

You can find the full step-by-step guide to backing up iPhone contacts to computer by referring to the following page: How to backup iPhone contacts to computer

Backup iPhone music and apps:

Now that you have learned how to backup iPhone contacts, you can easily transfer iPhone music and apps to your computer as well.

Here is what you need in order to backup iPhone songs and applications to your PC:

  • Your iPhone loaded with apps and music
  • Access to your email account
  • A Windows PC
  • A tool used to backup and transfer iPhone music

The steps:

1. Download and run a small program designed to backup iPhone music to PC and connect your iPhone to your computer. Your iPhone apps and audio/video tracks will show up within the program window

2. Now you can transfer iPhone music to computer by either using the program in Manual or in Smart mode. Manual mode will let you select each track you wish transferred to your PC and will let you choose which folder you want the tracks and/or apps backed up to

3. Smart backup will compare the contents of your iTunes library with the contents of your iPhone and will only backup iPhone music/video and apps which are not already present within your iTunes library. Your iPhone will be backed up directly to your iTunes library, as a result you must have an active iTunes installation on your computer

4. After you click on the “Start backup” button wait for the iPhone backup process to complete

5. You have now managed to backup iPhone music to computer via using CopyTrans.

Have a quick look at the video below which summarizes the above steps in order to backup iPhone music and apps to your computer:

This is how to backup iPhone to PC via using nothing more than two small apps, an iPhone and your computer.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Transfer Apps from iPhone to PC

The latest update from CopyTrans brings Apps support! Transfer apps, music, videos, books etc. from your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone back to the PC without ever using iTunes. To find out more about CopyTrans please refer to the product page:

copy iphone apps to pc

To add Apps from every PC to your iPhone you can use their free iTunes Alternative called CopyTrans Manager. Here's a short video showing how easily you can add apps to your iPhone or iPod:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

iPhone to Computer - Update for iOS 5, iPhone 4S

CopyTrans - the iPhone backup software - has been updated for iTunes 10.5, iPhone 4S and devices running iOS 5. Thus, CopyTrans supports all iPhone, iPod and iPad models and copying your iPhone tracks back to iTunes or your PC remains as easy as pie. One click and you're all set! To download CopyTrans, follow this link:

What kind of data does CopyTrans transfer from my iPhone back to PC?

  • Music

  • Videos incl. movies and TV-Shows

  • Ringtones

  • Books and Audiobooks

  • Podcasts incl. Video-Podcasts

  • Voice memos

  • Playlists incl. Smart Playlists

  • Artwork

  • Tags like rating, date added, last played...

iphone 4s to computer

Friday, March 25, 2011

CopyTrans 4 - copy iPhone, iPod and iPad to computer

CopyTrans - iPhone, iPad and iPod Backup

With the newest version of CopyTrans - the iPhone backup software - a whole bunch of new features arrived.

CopyTrans "Smart Backup". Copies music, videos, books, PDFs, ringtones playlists, smart playlists, tags etc. from your iPhone back to iTunes. CopyTrans recognizes already existing tracks and won't add them once again. Your iTunes library stays 100% duplicate free!

CopyTrans "Manual Backup". Copy your iPhone music etc. back to the computer or to iTunes. Select the tracks and playlists you want to copy and personalize the iPhone transfer settings.

CopyTrans supports:

  • all iPhone models incl. iPhone 4

  • all iPod Touch models incl. iPod Touch 4G

  • all iPad models incl. iPad 2

  • all other iPod models like iPod classic, video, photo, nano, shuffle

  • iTunes 10.2 and iOS 4.3

A detailed test of this new version will follow soon...

New CopyTrans Photo - supporting iPad 2 & iPod Touch 4G

To easily manage iPhone and iPad photos without iTunes check out CopyTrans Photo to manage iPhone pictures without iTunes.

CopyTrans Photo key features:

  • Add photos to iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

  • Create iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch photo albums

  • Delete iPad images

  • Show iPhone images in photo slide shows

  • ...

There are free trial versions available on the vendor's site: iPad, iPod and iPhone to PC or iTunes

Thursday, March 19, 2009

CopyTrans 3 released!

CopyTrans 3 - iPod to computer transfer
Last week, CopyTrans, the iPod to computer tool (also works with iPhone and iTouch), celebrated its anniversary and became CopyTrans 3.
After 5 years of listening to us, iPod and iPhone users, that third generation is the achievement of CopyTrans in keeping our iPod media safe.
Now CopyTrans 3 is the only program able to transfer all the music data such as:

  • ratings

  • albums artworks

  • date last played

  • play/skip count

  • and all the other iTunes fields

They also added a unique fully-customizable list view that enables us to choose the columns we wish and place them wherever we want.
You can discover it now at

Monday, July 16, 2007

Copying music from iPod to iTunes

Having reinstalled my system after a computer crash, I found myself with an empty iTunes library and all my songs still on my iPod.

As I use to keep my iPod and my computer library synchronized, I though I could rebuild my iTunes library from my iPod by just downloading or importing its songs and other music data (playlists, ratings, play count, last played) by opening iTunes and dragging my iPod to the library or whatever "copy iPod to iTunes" function that I though iTunes would obviously feature.

As this didn't seem to work, I looked for a solution in forums and websites and discovered that Apple had been forced by music majors to prevent song transfers from iPods to iTunes to make music sharing more difficult as a condition to be allowed to sell songs on its Music Store.

OK, but what do I do now to bring my huge iPod collection back to iTunes without losing all my playlists and other data such as my ratings that took me ages to create and without synchronizing my iPod with my empty iTunes library that would delete my iPod songs and all that?

Facing a situation that probably every iPod owner faces one day or another, I searched the web for hints and solutions and discovered (not very surprisingly) that several tens of softwares are doing the job of moving songs from iPod to PC.

Though, I was not looking for a plain copy iPod to computer solution but for a way to faithfully repopulate my iTunes library from my iPod, including my playlists and other metadata, as well as my photos, videos and podcasts and be able to keep my computer and my iPod synchronized again (automatic update), all that in a one-click or so intuitive and simple way.

CopyTrans (formerly CopyPod) US$ 19.90 (trial version limited to 14 days and 100 songs).

Honor to the King! Let's introduce the best of these tools first. I named: CopyTrans!

I've been dealing with hundreds of softwares in my life, but this one is definitely above everything I've tried so far (and it's actually the only program I ever bought...).

Its interface reminds iTunes and allows to select/highlight the songs, artists, albums or playlists you wish to import to iTunes.
Once your selection is made, you just need to click a button called "Backup to iTunes" and voilĂ ! A couple of minutes later, your iTunes library is filled back with all your songs, playlists, ratings etc and, believe it or not, even the order of your songs is preserved in your playlists!

If you do not wish to immediately import your iPod to iTunes or in case you just want to keep a backup of your iPod in a safe place, an alternative transfer option called "Backup to folder" will copy your iPod songs to a folder and generate an xml file for later iTunes imports, all of which can be stored on removable medias such as an external hard drive or DVD.

Various settings provide renaming options, smart folders organization, generate xml file or not, etc.

For the ones who plan to use the program on a regular basis, typically if you are the kind who add songs to your iPod from different sources and need to update your computer library regularly, CopyTrans can perform "incremental backups" that will add to iTunes only the songs missing from the library.
Note here that, even though this program does not allow to transfer just the playlists (=without copying the songs), its incremental ability can be used to do so: if you already have your songs in iTunes and perform a complete "Backup to iTunes", it will actually copy only your playlists and metadata without generating duplicates of your songs, as they are already on the computer. Therefore this tool can also be used to reorganize an iTunes library from the iPod.

CopyTrans also copies videos but does not directly import them in iTunes, which needs to be done manually in (iTunes->File->Add File to Library).

For photos, a separate application called CopyTrans Photo will let you browse and copy your iPod photos to your computer. That's also a pretty cool bet to show your iPod photos to your friends, as it can play iPod photos in a slideshow.

Finally, CopyTrans features a basic mp3 player that makes it an interesting alternative to iTunes for the ones who keep their library on their iPod and are looking for a lighter iPod player.

General appreciation: an amazing piece of software that does what it is meant to in a superb manner, 10/10, if not more!

iPodRip US$ 14.95 (trial version limited to 10 sessions)

I mention this program here, because it pretends to import songs to iTunes and preserve metadata.
Though, even after having installed .NET (which is required and which is a first annoyance), I couldn't make it run, even though I tried
with 3 different iPods: iPod Shuffle, 20 Gb iPod Photo, 30 Gb iPod Video.

If you can open it, give me feedback...

General appreciation: this program is primarily made for Mac and has yet some work to do before being able to run properly on PC, 0/10.

Music Rescue (formerly PodUtil) US$ 20.40 (the trial version has no limitations but a popup appears every 50 songs with an button you need to click to resume the transfer).

This program does not allow direct imports into iTunes. Though, the same company (KennettNet Software) provides a new tool called iTunes Library Creator that allows to use the "Playlist definitions file" generated by Music Rescue to import iPod playlists into iTunes.

The main asset of Music Rescue are its very pleasant renaming options that allow to drag elements such as Artist or Album to a field to build the names of transfered songs.

The checkboxes are a very pleasant way to make your selection of songs you wish to transfer.
Note, though, that all songs are selected by default which would not be a bad idea if the Deselect function was not completely buggy on Windows. It quickly gets tiring to manually uncheck thousands of checkboxes...

A bigger version (8.3 Mb instead of 3 Mb) allows direct install on iPod.

Like many cross-platform applications (= that run on PC, Mac and/or Linux) it is very slow, probably due to the fact that it is programmed in Java.
Plus, on PC, it unfortunately still encounters major bugs:
- Deselect function does not work
- "Kind" (file type) is in Japanese...
- Even after close, iTunes Library Creator keeps running after the iTunes import, which prevents iTunes from closing.
- I commited mistakes in playlist import with iTunes 7.3: one playlist with 3 songs on the iPod contained only one song on the computer.

General appreciation: like iPodRip, this program is primarily made for Mac and, as a PC user, you may encounter bugs and slow functioning. Apart from some smart ideas (particularly its renaming options), if you plan to spend 20 bucks on a iPod to iTunes importer, go for CopyTrans that costs just the same and allows automatic import into iTunes, 7/10.

SharePod Free

This is a decent copy iPod to computer and in a very limited way import iPod songs to iTunes software.
Though, it has the limitations of a freeware.
Indeed, it does not support direct automatic import into iTunes and neither playlists nor play count and last played are preserved.

It creates an xml file that can be used for half manual import to iTunes to populate iTunes with your iPod songs list and ratings (through iTunes->File->Import) and will create a new playlist in iTunes called "SharePod".

Nevertheless, for a free tool, it is surprisingly richly featured.
This program is not only a one way iPod->PC transfer tool, it also allows to add songs to the iPod, create new playlists and organize iPod songs into them.

Very pleasant and easy to understand interface.

Keeps several backups of iPod database for restore in case of problems.

Standalone (no installation required). Can therefore be installed directly on iPod.

General appreciation: this is the only free program of this test. Freewares are often as good as, if not better, than sharewares, but when it comes to import your iPod to iTunes, you get what you pay for. The ones opting for SharePod won't be able to retrieve their playlists nor most of their metadata. Plus, the import into iTunes has to be done half manually, 6/10.

TunesRanger US$ 29.99 (trial version limited to 30 days).

This iPod to computer program has been released recently (2007).

The interface and what it pretends to be able to perform are damn impressive. It can transfer/sync songs from the iPod to iTunes and the other way around, manage several iTunes libraries, synchronize iTunes between computers of a network, look for missing and duplicate songs, etc.

The problem is that everything I tried with this tool just ended up to an error message. If you manage to make it work, give me feedback with the comments at the bottom of this page, I would be pleased to integrate a real test of this apparently excellent software.

General appreciation: a very promissing guy but suffering from the lack of reliability of its youth. 10/10 if working, 0/10 so far.



There are actually two required operations to import your iPod songs to iTunes :

- copy the songs to your computer
- import them into iTunes and, for certain softwares presented here, import playlists and other data

I have measured both these steps and, for programs that require some user intervention before the import, I've added the necessary time to setup the options before import.

This test was performed in the following conditions:

- 30 Gb 5G Video iPod
- 1,000 songs (4.7 Gb)
- 3 playlists each containing 3 songs sorted in non-alphabetical order
- Same renaming options and sub-folders to be created in the destination folder for all programs
- Intel Duocore 2 GHz laptop, 1 Gb RAM, Windows XP
- USB 2 connection
- No parasite CPU or hard drive activity

Results (will be updated with recently added programs)

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If you are looking for a tool that can faithfully rebuild your iTunes library from your iPod, including your playlists, ratings, play count and last played and that does it automatically, CopyTrans is definitely the only available bet at the moment.
As Jesse Hollington (iLounge) says in his "Definitive Guide - Copying Content from your iPod to your Computer": "this solution is well worth the price tag, as there are presently no other Windows applications available that perform this task nearly as comprehensively or easily as CopyTrans".

Music Rescue probably does a decent job on Mac but PC users have no reason to pay more for a tool that does less and suffers from numerous bugs.

SharePod has the advantages and disadvantages of a freeware: it is free, that's cool, but does not feature automatic import to iTunes and won't preserve your playlists, play count and last played.