CopyTrans 4, the latest version of this impressive iPod/iPhone backup utility is iTunes 9 compatible and available for Windows XP, Vista and 7. When I used CopyTrans the first time round, I loved the easy to navigate interface and simplicity of the application, and CopyTrans 4 has made great strides in maintaining that usability while packing in some great additional features.
The most notable feature is the “Smart Backup” function which is new to CopyTrans 4, and backs up the entire contents of your iPod to iTunes. When first using the Smart Backup, I was amazed at the speed at which CopyTrans backs up all your songs and imports them to iTunes.
What was even more impressive was that all my tracks were analysed and cross referenced with the contents of my iTunes library to determine whether or not they needed to be updated. The songs that required a backup were selected and those that weren’t needed weren’t affected so that no duplicates were created in my iTunes library — CopyTrans even identified tracks which had out of date artwork and needed updating!
The whole process was seamless and after closing CopyTrans 4 and opening iTunes, I was up and running again with my library completely rebuilt complete with ratings, artwork and play counts. I tested the program with a Windows-formatted iPod Nano and a Mac-formatted iPod Touch. Both were recognised and backed up easily with no hitches along the way.
If you need to rescue your iTunes library, I’d most definitely recommend using CopyTrans 4 as it offers an extremely easy and automated backup process whilst maintaining not only your songs, but all of your metadata such as ratings and play count too.
- 16x faster iTunes import
- “Smart Backup”: transfer only needed information – 100% Duplicate Proof
- For all iPhones and iPods (incl. Mac formatted iPods)
- Imports Smart playlists and all track meta tags, including “Date Added”
- Designed for Windows 7, XP & Vista (32 & 64-bits)
Hoping to study Computer Science at University in the near future, you’ll seldom see John without a computer in touching distance! His interests include building computers, reading all sorts of literature and of course writing for Zath to keep you updated on all the latest in the world of tech! You can follow John on Twitter as @british_geek.