OK, more research and tip from my brother might have found just teh ticket.
This seems to do everything I need. I think the best MO might be to run this software instead of
iTunes on one computer and run both iTunes and this on the other computer. On the computer that runs
iTunes, use that one as the podcast and video collector. I'm still thinking through whether I could
add music on either computer without screwing up what iTunes sees. I guess I'd have to sync with
Anapod in all cases before opening iTunes?
BTW, I don't think this is totally 180 degrees of topic because more and more libraries and
archives' public faces for audio are circulating or in-building-use iPods, so librarians and
archivists more likely than not will have to become acquainted with this world. Besides, the day
might come when Steve Barr's half-vast shellac collection is downloadable through iTunes ...
-- Tom Fine
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> Thanks Jeff. That one warns about incompatibility with the newest pods.
> Anyone try this one:
> seems like just the ticket but I'd hate to screw up either the pod or the computer.
> -- Tom Fine
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> Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 7:01 PM
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> second computer
>> EphPod can do exactly what you want and is freeware. I've had a few hiccups using it but in
>> general it works very well.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
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>> Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 4:54 PM
>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Recommended software to make an iPod dump its library to iTunes on a second
>>> Hi All:
>>> OK, now here's the question at hand. There seem to be several programs out there that will let
>>> me connect up my iPod to second computer and dump its music library into that computer's iTunes
>>> library, rather than over-write the iPod with music from what's already on that computer. What
>>> I'd like to do is sync up the iTunes at both work and home with the iPod being the sync'ing
>>> medium. Santa arrived early here with an 80-gig iPod, which holds my entire tunes library, so I
>>> can carry it from the organized computer (at home) to the disorganized computer (at work) and
>>> what I'd like to do is make the work iTunes library identical to home, and further make it so I
>>> can rip from CD at either location and the pod would act like a PDA, keeping both libraries in
>>> Anyone else doing this? What are you using. All my computers are WindowsXP.
>>> Thanks in advance and please feel free to ping me off-list if you think this is too far
>>> -- Tom Fine
>>> PS -- I am impressed with the audio quality of this 80-gig iPod. I think Apple must have
>>> listened carefully to all the bitching about the Mini and the previous generation or two big
>>> pods and gone back to better audio hardware. The replaces an old second-gen 20-gig unit that I
>>> always liked sound-wise and I think this new one sounds better, both on earbuds and plugged into
>>> the line in on the computer.