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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 5, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    Tech tools: Clickfree Transformer for iPod

    Ciara O'Brien

    Have an iPod or iPhone? Then you need this. The Clickfree transformer allows you to transfer files to and from your device with little or no hassle.

    One end plugs into your iPod/iPhone, the other plugs into your computer. You can then use it to take music and playlists from your iPod and transfer it to a computer, or back up documents, videos, photos and other files to the free space on your music player at a click.

    So should you need to move the contents of your iPod to a PC or Mac other than your original computer, you can do it with minimal stress.

    The chances that you need to do this are, for most people, probably slim. However, a recent restore of an iPhone meant I lost everything on the device. Because while the programmes on your Mac will back up some of the data, it doesn’t include music. And should your Mac die a sudden death. you might find yourself without an iTunes library.

    The Clickfree transformer works via USB, no software is needed and it wont overwrite existing files. It also promises to work with future versions that Apple releases.

    €48

    www.clickfree.com

    • Kynos says:

      Good little yoke. Gift to the music copiers. There’s a programme called Yamipod that’s been available for years that does similar, allows you to shift stuff from your iPod to the Mac rather than vice versa which is the only way iTunes lets it.

    • Kynos says:

      Will point out I’ve used Yamipod only to restore my purchased music from my iPod to my mac after i unwisely went looking to clear stuff off my (miserable 90GB) HD and finding TWO itunes music folders thought I could safely delete one. Not so. It was the one with all my iTunes Store purchased music on. Nowadays I use Time Machine to back up to a 1TB Iomega discdrive with IEEE firewire so’s it can be used as a boot disc for emergencies also. Just for ciarafication purposes there.

    • Podworks is another one for backing up the contents of your iPod should your hard drive go kaput. Also handy for aforementioned backup prior to restoring an iphone.

    • Kynos says:

      Cheers for that. Don’t have an iPhone yet. Will eventually. Tend not to upgrade my tech til it breaks. So I’m struggling along with a Nokia 6820 with a brilliant little butterfly keyboard’s sweetest thing for texting as my personal phone bought her in Shanghai in 2005 still going though had dog’s abuse and an E72 for my work machine. Symbian’s a better security build than iPhone altho’ I note my employer’s now supporting the latter for our push mail. I work for a big security conscious US org. V. paranoid necessarily so about our security.

    • barney carr says:

      hello i am interested in quest portable wi-fu ubterbet radio. i have a brother who lives in florida and i would like to purchase him something that he could use to listen to his baseball games. he is blind so a computer is not possiable without a lot of training. i would like to know if this radio would work. i listen to the ball games over here in ireland on my computer. is there anyway it could be checked out if it would work over in florida. thanks barney