Senuti - Take full control of your iPod or iOS music

4/24/2012 9:36:32 AM

Apple has carefully engineered their portable devices in such a way as to ensure that one can easily add music, video and photos, requiring only a computer running a recent version of iTunes to get started. However, the reverse cannot be said to be true – getting media files off an iPod or iOS device is very difficult and without the help of a specialist application, can involve a lot of hacking and command-line wizardry.

Description: Take full control of your iPod or iOS music

The Mac application Senuti is capable of pulling playlists, songs and even videos from your iPod, iPhone or iPad – even if the device in question is not sync’d to your computer. This is very handy if, for example, your computer was lost or stolen and you wished to gain access to your media. Let’s take a closer look at how to get started with Senuti.

Like iTunes, but backwards

Senuti was initially created by then high school student Whitney Young, who upon finding no easy way of transferring his iPod’s songs onto a Mac decided to write an application to do it himself. As its name suggests (Senuti is iTunes spelt backwards), Senuti’s main function is to perform the opposite task of what iTunes is primarily used for and unlock the virtual door which keeps all your iPod’s songs firmly within the confines of Apple’s beautiful devices, allowing a users to easily drag and drop songs or even transfer them to your iTunes Library.

Senuti is shareware and comes as a free download which can be used for a maximum of 30 days (and 1,000 songs transferred), but to unlock the full functionality, a licensen is available for a one-off fee of $18.99.

Getting started

Senuti is available from the developer’s website and installing is as simple as dragging the app into your Applications folder. Once Senuti is launched, the Senuti Setup Assistant provides some simple instructions on setting up an iPod and iOS device, including stating the requirement that iTunes automatic syncing must be disabled before one uses the software.

To disable automatic syncing, launch iTunes with your iPod or iOS device disconnected and then open iTunes’ preferences, choosing the Devices pane. Then one must check the box entitled ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically’.

Description: Senuti

The next step is to choose whether to transfer songs directly into an iTunes folder or a custom choice. Following this, we can get started using Senuti.

Description: Senuti

Using Senuti

Media Player

Following the completion of the short configuration steps mentioned above, Senuti’s main window will be presented and will contain your device’s media, organized into Library and Podcasts, on the left hand pane. Though the primary function of the application is to copy media from your iPod or iOS device, Senuti also contains a rudimentary but very useful media player from which it is possible to play songs through your Mac’s speakers.

Description: Using Senuti - Media Player

The slim play, pause and skip buttons are located on bottom of Senuti’s main window and any playlists created on your device should also show up on the left hand pane, directly beneath Library and Podcasts.

Transferring Songs

To transfer songs from a iPod or iOS device, we must first select the desired song(s), then click the green ‘Transfer’ button located on Senuti’s menubar. The application will now offer a choice as to whether you’d like to simply copy the file in question or also have it automatically added to your iTunes Library. Metadata will be maintained, so in the majority of cases, songs imported into iTunes should not require manually renaming.

Description: Transferring Songs

Senuti is compatible will all recent versions of OS X and even works with older PowerPC Macs. So, whatever your machine and whatever your device, the full power of Senuti can be wielded to take control of your media.

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