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In the previously posted 20 Tools to Make your iPod Better, Kaly mentioned that with time we’ll make it better, and we did it. So, here you go: 50 free Tools to Make your iPod better and almost 30 problem-specific tips to fix it.

GENERAL iPod MANAGERS

(1) Floola (Win, Mac, Linux) – portable 100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick (for Mac and Win) 100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick (for Mac and Win) Read More iPod manager. Features: (1) move audio and video to/from iPod, (2) manage and import/export playlists, (3) last.fm support, (4) multi-lingual, (5) lyrics and podcasts support, (6) search files, (7) iPod troubleshooting, (8) manage notes, (9) sync files between PC and iPod

(2) YamiPod (Win, Mac, Linux) – yet another portable 100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick (for Mac and Win) 100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick (for Mac and Win) Read More iPod manager. Features: (1) playlists import/export (PLS,M3U), (2) PC to iPod autosync, (3) built-in music player, (4) last.fm support, (5) search, (6) song list export and more

(3) Sharepod (Win) – Features: (1) move files to/from iPod, (2) built-in music player, (3) search, (4) create winamp-style playlists, (5) network file sharing (office, college, etc.), (6) built-in music player and more

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(4) Ephpod (Win) – not as flexible as the ones above but has couple of cool features: ultra-fast song transfer, powerful playlist creation features, one click sync, winamp support, bunch of extras (news, weather, movie listings, etc.)

(5) Rockbox – open source replacement firmware for mp3 players. Features: (1) dynamic playlist creation, (2) multiple themes, (3) gapless playback, (4) in-built clock, (5) tagging, (6) plugins and more

(6) Amarok (Linux) – iTunes alternative. Features: (1) manage, create playlists , (2) podcasts support, (3) last.fm support more

(7) Rhythmbox (Linux) – integrated music management application (inspired by iTunes)

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(8) iPodifier (Win) – automatically monitors selected folders, converts videos to an iPod format, adds them to iTunes, and syncs them with your iPod.

(9) Jodix (Win) – converts all popular video formats (DVD/VCD and AVI, MPEG, WMV, RM, RMVB, DivX, ASF, VOB) to an iPod format. Lets you process several files at once.

(10) BoilSoft (Win) – converts AVI, DivX, MPEG, VOB, RM, RMVB, MOV, MP4 and more, to iPod/PSP formats

(11) KeepV (Win) – lets you download and convert Flash/FLV files (YouTube, Metacafe, Dailymotion, etc.) to an iPod compatible format

(12) iTube (Win) – lets you download, convert and transfer any YouTube video onto your iPod video (or iTunes) right from your desktop.

(13) Koyote (Win) – download your favorite videos from Youtube and convert it to Ipod video format. Can also be used to convert other video formats, i.e. DivX, XVid, MP4, DVD, VOB, AVI, WMV, ASF

(14) iPod Video Converter (Win, Mac) – a desktop widget from Yahoo Widgets. Drag your video file on top of it and it’ll convert it into an iPod format

(15) Handbrake (Win, Mac, Linux) – lets you rip your DVDs to iPod, PSP and Zune

(16) CDex (Win) – a portable app 100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick (for Mac and Win) 100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick (for Mac and Win) Read More that allows you to ripp cds directly to your iPod

(17) iSquint (Mac) – convert several popular video formats (MOV, MP4, AVI, DV, MPG, VOB, 3GP, ASF, WMV, FLV, M4V, etc.) to an iPod format

(18) [NO LONGER WORKS] Vixy – web-based video downloader and converter for iPod

(19) TVHarmony (Win) – perfect TiVo companion that lets you monitor TiVo for your favorite programs, download and convert them to iPod/PSP/Palm/XBox… formats. Ability to download stuff from popular video sites included.

(20) Videora (Win) – convert regular PC video files (AVI, MPEG, etc) into iPod compatible format

COOL iPod EXTRAS

(21) iPodWizard (Win) – lets you change the graphics, font and strings on all iPod models with screen

(22) PodPlayer (Win) – lets you play music directly from your iPod. View songs in iTunes-like manner (by artist, genre, album, playlist, etc), extract songs, find duplicates, and more.

(23) CantoPod (Win, Mac) – get song lyrics on your iPod (with over 200.000 lyrics to choose from)

(24) vPod (Win)- transfer music from Windows to iPod. Scans your music library and shows what’s not on your iPod.

(25) iPodDisk (Mac) – another tool for copying music from your iPod.

(26) 100 Portable Apps to put on your iPod 100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick (for Mac and Win) 100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick (for Mac and Win) Read More (Win, Mac) – all-purpose, no-install-required software (office tools, antivirus, email, games, etc.)

(27) Axport (Win) – handy iTunes addon that enables you to copy files off your iPod with one click

(28) iDirectionz (Win) – store driving directions on your iPod

(29) gPodder (Linux) – podcast receiver, catcher and sync (with iPod) tool

(30) GoogleGet (Win) – weather+news combo tool

(31) piPod – guide to the best pizzerias in the five boroughs of NYC

(32) Senuti (Mac) – syncs files off your iPod and sends them directly to your iTunes library. It can also play songs directly off iPod

(33) Weather for Me (Win) – downloads weather forecasts from Myforecast.com and puts them on your iPod

(34) Encyclopodia (Win, Mac, Linux) – this incredible tool brings wikipedia Wikipedia - Biggest Online Encyclopedia Wikipedia - Biggest Online Encyclopedia Read More to your iPod

(35) iPodLinux – port Linux into your iPod, with lots of addons

(36) [NO LONGER WORKS] Filter (Win, Mac) – lets you create dynamic playlists (automatically fill and refreshes your iPod)

(37) eBook-creator – web-based tool that creates iPod compatible ebooks from regular text files

(38) iPod-notes – silimilar to eBook creator but also lets you create iPod eBooks from a webpage

(39) iPodlinks – variety of icons and wallpapers

(40) iPodGym – turn iPod into your gym advisor, over 80 exercise videos along with work-out guidelines

(41) iPodArcade – web source for iPod games, i.e. trivia, adventure, madlibs and jokes

(42) GoodEats (Win) – loads all of the recipes from Good Eats into your iPod

(43) GTKpod (Win, Mac, Linux) – provides Graphical User Interface for iPod using GTK2

(44) ShuffleDB (Win, Mac, Linux) – simple and easy-to-use iTunes alternative for iPod Shuffle (database builder)
(45) iPodulatorPRO (Win, Mac) – RSS reader(? What is a FeedReader ? What is a FeedReader ? Read More ), games and powerful notes management feature
(46) iBoy (Win, Mac, Linux) – Gameboy and Gameboy Color emulator for the iPod

(47) iGain (Win) – handy iTunes addon that lets you adjusts the tracks’ volume (so that the series of tracks appear to play at a consistent volume) and sync adjustments with tracks on iPod

(48) Mogopop (Win, Mac) – web community where you can create and share multimedia content for iPod. Lets you quickly download user-submitted videos (museum tours, comedy videos…), music from independent artists and games

(49) myPodder(Win, Mac, Linux) – automatically downloads podcasts and syncs them to your iPod

(50) Tools to strip DRM – (1) DRMdumpster (Mac) – requires CD-RW, (2) myFairTunes (Win) – works with older version of iTunes (7.0.2.16 and below) and (3) Tunebite (Win) – only non-free tool listed here

(51) Selected Podcasts Sources: WellToldTales (fiction, horror) | PodioBooks (audio books)

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  1. I get the “sad face iPod” on the screen of my iPod [zolved.com]
  2. How to Rename Your iPod [methodshop.com]
  3. How to fix an iPod that won’t boot [crunchgear.com]
  4. I get the ‘Do not disconnect’ message on my iPod screen [zolved.com]
  5. “Do Not Disconnect” Won’t Go Away [methodshop.com]
  6. The Apple iPod’s White Screen of Death [zolved.com]
  7. Where did all my iPod space go? [ipoddisk.ourbiti.com]
  8. Restoring Fifth Generation iPod (iPod with ideo) [zolved.com]
  9. How about something to make the battery life better? [zolved.com]
  10. I have an iPod battery problem [zolved.com]
  11. How to Replace the iPod’s battery [zolved.com]
  12. My iPod’s Battery Won’t Charge [methodshop.com]
  13. Quick guide to icons on your Ipod screen [methodshop.com]
  14. My iPod is not mounting/not showing in My Computer/not recognized by iTunes [zolved.com]
  15. iPod screen is frozen on … [zolved.com]
  16. Using Multiple iPods on One Computer [methodshop.com]
  17. Restart a Frozen iPod [methodshop.com]
  18. How do I reset/restore my iPod [zolved.com]
  19. Your iPod skips? [methodshop.com]
  20. iPod LCD Screen Problems [methodshop.com]
  21. Erase Your iPod [methodshop.com]
  22. The iPod’s Diagnostic Mode [methodshop.com]
  23. My iPod Won’t Mount/Update [methodshop.com]
  24. Upgrading iPod Hard Drives [command-tab.com]
  25. Put Your iPod into Disk Mode [methodshop.com]
  26. How to use iPod as a portable hard-drive [zolved.com]
  27. What to do if your iPod falls into a body of water [methodshop.com]

PART3: Cool iPod Tips, Writeups and Massive Software Download Resources

  1. Mike
    December 18, 2009 at 12:56 am

    This site shows a very complete way to rebuild an empty iTunes library based on iPod contents

    http://www.ipod-pc.com/ipod-to-itunes.php

    Very interesting

    Mike

  2. john smith
    November 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing
    They help a lot

  3. John64 steven
    October 7, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks for your tools recommended. I also recommended one tool I use for years and work well for my ipod

  4. rain
    July 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    great info, save it and will try to use it in the future, and recommend a blog of ipod converter on mac

  5. Won Jin Um
    February 6, 2009 at 5:42 am

    man this is great just what i been looking for i have ipod touch 2g now i just need to jailbreak my ipod touch 2g and the guy name "Jo" you used them from your window,linux,or mac some of them like wikipedia in ipod is used in your ipod thanx this is the best ipod site ever

  6. jowe
    January 21, 2009 at 4:07 am

    You do not list all.
    the best video converter for mac is moviesmac.com/imedia-converter-mac/#121

  7. Jo
    December 21, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    How do you actually get the programs onto your ipod?..or how do you use them?

  8. Jim Brown
    November 27, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Great sum-up for iPod tools. Yet for me, iPod-to-computer transfer program is a must-have tool.
    I have used gutensoft.com/Utilities/Tansee-iPod-Transfer.htm Tansee iPod Transfer for a long time. I like its easy, entire and safe transfer.

  9. ADO wolf
    September 25, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    If you want to install iPod Video Converter you can follow this guide: http://www.mconverter.net
    iPod Video Converter for Mac is powerful, easy-to-use Mac video conversion software adapted to be installed for Mac users which convert video file between all popular video formats.

  10. Rituraj
    June 28, 2008 at 10:22 am

    its superb

  11. Michael
    June 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks for the great article. Keep up the good work.

  12. Keir
    May 24, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for taking the effort to share this list. I would only ask that links be added for devices to add artwork, especially now that itunes artwork importer is no longer working.

  13. jackie
    March 17, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Wow, I wonder how you to do that. Very useful!

  14. jay
    December 27, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    just a question - I have a new IPOD, I put SharePod onto the IPOD and it works great getting music on the Sharepod screen (I can see it in MY Computer) The problem is the IPOD says there is no music on the IPOD. Can you advise where I should put the music in the ipod folders and how it must be named in order for the IPOD to allow me to play it? thanks, Jay in wash dc

    pleaase help me

  15. aoto
    November 19, 2007 at 3:31 am

    i dont know how to put some videos on my ipod i drag it into itunes but it wont show up anywhere.its also an avi file so idont think i ned 2 convert it.
    what should i do?

  16. ali
    October 21, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    this is the best

  17. Aibek
    June 30, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    @ Khan

    well, EPHPOD is a pretty popular tool, and to my knowledge worked just fine for several thousands of people. Did you buy a second hand or a new one? Did you checked above mentioned TroubleShooting tips ?

  18. khan
    June 30, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    what the hell is this i downlaoded the Ephpod and worked with my apple 30GB ipod it has been damage.what should i do now,who is responcible for that?i just bought it a week ago.right now i m in PAKISTAN ,it was sent from USA.tell me what should i do?

  19. Aibek
    May 17, 2007 at 11:36 am

    @ Tom
    not a bad idea, I wonder if it's going to be free...

    @ Aaron
    yeap, Filter is cool. Although, I prefer something with more features.

  20. aaron
    May 17, 2007 at 9:53 am

    The Filter is the best!

  21. Tom
    May 10, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    Give Me Them Then In 1!!!!!!!!!!

  22. drgooglefinds
    May 3, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Wonderful compilation. Keep up the great work.

  23. Marc
    May 2, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Great info. Thanks for compiling this list!

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