Ann: Version 2.0 was released
iPod tracks -> Desktop
Version 1.2.1, by Marco Balestra
Well, iTunes 3 and 4 return a "missing value" if you try accessing
the location property of a file that's been transferred to an iPod via
but I wanted to share
my iPod between my G4 and my iBook (and vice versa).
So, here's my hack, which now also works with iTunes 4, iPod firmware 1.3
and AAC files ;o)
What it does
Installs the script "iPod tracks -> Desktop" in the
iTunes script menu.
-- This script easily copies selected tracks (not playlists) in iTunes
to your Desktop.
-- The script names file(s) in a readable manner, and retains file comments
and other original info.
-- The method of copying files is my little hack, so I've saved the script
Installs "iPod tracks -> Choose..." in iTunes script
--This script works like the one above, but it allows you to choose the destination
folder where the selected tracks are copied.
- an iPod with Firmware 1.2 or higher.
- Mac OS X 10.2 (it should work with 10.1.2 or higher, but is untested...)
- iTunes 3 or higher.
How to install
The easiest way is to run the Applescript installer provided.
If you'd prefer to install it manually:
- Quit iTunes, if it's currently running.
- In your home directory, locate "iTunes" folder in "Library" folder,
and create a "Scripts" folder, if it doesn't already exist.
- Put the scripts in said folder
- Re-Launch iTunes
Known problems / issues
There's a remote possibility that the script will copy the wrong song to
the Desktop: this is due to the mechanism of the hack itself, and cannot
Please note that I've
tested the script on more than 1,000 tracks, and never had it fail...)
Other files should not be affected, and no other side effects are currently
Fixed a problem impeding the retrieval of protected AAC-formatted files.
Added support for iPod firmware 1.3, iTunes 4 and AAC audio tracks.
Renamed "iPod tracks -> Choose" into "iPod tracks -> Choose...".
Fixed a bug preventing copies of files with non-standard characters in the
Added variant of the script which lets the user choose the preferred destination
Increased copy speed: tracks are now copied at the iPod's maximum speed.
This software is not a tool for 'warez' copies.
These scripts are strictly intended as a tool to allowing
you to keep a single copy of audio tracks you legally own (on your iPod),
instead of requiring
duplicate copies of
the same track to be stored on both the iPod and a Mac's hard drive.
Any non-legal use of this tool will automatically break the freeware license
of this software.