Getting Started: Choose Your System OS
To begin the process of getting your music and/or videos off of your iPhone and onto your computer, select the type of system you're using with your iPhone:
Option 1: Pod to PC
Our favorite option for getting music off an iPhone (or iPod) for Windows users is Pod to PC. This software (which was entirely free until recently and is now shareware) makes getting your media files from your iPhone to your Windows PC a snap.
Download Pod to PC for Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7
Once installed, Pod to PC looks at the contents of your iPhone (via iTunes) and presents you with a list of the device contents.
As you can see, the software presents you with a listing of the on-device playlists (left panel), a summary of the iPhone's contents (center screen) and a tab for Music & Video transfers (upper center screen). Using these options, you can select specific tracks or video files for transfer, transfer contents by playlist or even filter media types for transfer:
Additionally, you can search for specific artists, song or video titles, etc., for completely customized transfers:
There are even helpful options in the Edit > Options menu which allow you to automatically import transferred tracks into iTunes or guard against duplicate track transfers if you've already loaded some music into iTunes. This second feature is particularly helpful if you've lost some of your iTunes Library while other entries remain in tack on your PC.
Option 2: TuneAid
Next on the iPhone music recovery list is TuneAid. While in some ways superior to Pod to PC for simple music transfers, TuneAid isn't as video file friendly and costs $20 to register.
Download TuneAid for Windows XP / Vista
TuneAid has many of the music features of Pod to PC and is built around a very iTunes-like look and feel:
TuneAid is also available on the Mac.
Option 1: Pod to Mac
Pod to Mac is the Mac OS equivalent to Pod to PC, but Pod to Mac is freeware. This is our favorite Mac OS solution for getting iPhone content off the handset and onto your Mac. The software supports both music and video files.
Download Pod to Mac for Mac OS X 10.5+
Once installed, Mac to PC looks at the contents of your iPhone (via iTunes) and presents you with a list of the device contents:
You can select specific tracks, all tracks and more, then import them directly into itunes, transfer them to your Mac desktop or automatically let the software do an automatic transfer.
Option 2: TuneAid
Also available for Windows, TuneAid is a powerful tool for transferring the contents of your iPhone to your Mac. However, unlike Pod to Mac, TuneAid costs $20.
Download TuneAid for Mac OS X 10.4+
We hope these tools will help you recover the music stored on your iPhone or iPod. If you know of a solution not mentioned here, please let us know and we'll include additional recovery methods.
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