iPod owners who’ve been frequenting my blog may have come across my earlier post on SharePod – which is an excellent freeware tool for managing your iPod as well as for backing up of all the tracks to your PC. SharePod’s biggest drawback is that the software hasn’t been worked on any further for a long period of time and if you consider the ultra-rapid evolution of computing technology, any software which fails to keep up with the pace is as good as dead. I don’t mean to say that SharePod is outdated by any means. It’s a great tool and does a great job of what it’s supposed to do. However there have been a lot of recent introductions, which do the same in a much better way and YamiPod happens to be one of them.
Similar to SharePod, YamiPod is this freeware utility that doesn’t require any installation as such. But unlike the former, YumiPod has done away with any need of the old OCX based common controls. Instead the whole software consists of a single executable file. Simply download, unzip and run. To top it all, the tool comes in three flavours, i.e. for Windows & Linux as well as for the Mac, leaving virtually no one disapppointed at the end of the day.
The list of features is quite exhaustive and can please a crowd with the most diverse demands. Here are some of the more important & much needed ones …
- mp3 and AAC files can be copied to/from iPod
- read/write access to mp3 id3 and AAC infos
- playlists import / export (PLS,M3U)
- full unicode compatibility
- extensive search function
- Bi-directional synchronization between PC & iPod or in other words, one-click backup of your iPod files
- remove duplicated tracks
- find lost music files
- News RSS and podcasts to iPod upload
- Growl support (Apple only)
There are several screen-shots available here. As of now, YamiPod is available in over 28 world languages making it a truly global choice in every way.
Just hold your horses before you grab it and start playing with it. The software does seem a little buggy, albeit only a minor bit. No problems with the primary functions – but make sure you don’t try to run it before placing it on an iPod. I did exactly that from my Windows desktop causing my whole system to freeze unlike I’ve ever seen before. It probably went into an infinite cycle trying to search for an iPod and somehow ate up the whole CPU and clogged the USB bus. Even a cold reset didn’t help and my machine refused to boot at first… till I shut it down altogether and started it again. However, once I plugged my iPod in and ran it from that – all problems solved 🙂
Get YamiPod today.