Apple made a stellar product with the iPod (I own a black 4 GB nano that I use almost every day), but for various reasons they decided to not allow music stored on an iPod to be transferred to your computer using iTunes.
For example, let's say you have music that you copy to your iPod from your home computer, and then you take your iPod to the office and want to copy those mp3 files to your work computer. That seems like a typical thing for someone to want to do, but you'll find that iTunes doesn't allow it.
There are a couple of programs that you can use to upload music from your iPod to any computer running iTunes.
MediaPilot software allows you to backup, edit and transfer music & video between your iPod and PC, and also works between your cell phone and PC.
You can also use it to backup your ipod in case you damage it or lose it. Let's hope that never happens, but if it does then you'd be able to recover your music from the backup that you made.
Here's how it works:
Being able to use this program to transfer music files to your cell phone is a nice plus, and it also lets you create ringtones from your existing songs in iTunes.
Here's a coupon code for MediaPilot. Enter promo code M0707CJ at checkout to get 20% off MediaPilot, which brings the price tag down to about $15.
iPod 2 iTunes also bypasses iTune's limitations and lets you copy songs and playlists directly from your iPod to iTunes.
Here's how to use it:
That's about as easy as it gets, and exactly the kind of thing that should be included in iTunes. Are you listening Apple?
You can also copy the playlists from your iPod to your computer with this program.
iPod 2 iTunes supports all types of iPods, including the latest 6th generation models, and it works great on my nano. I used it recently to transfer music from my nano to my wife's laptop, and then from my wife's laptop to her new iPod that I gave her for Valentine's Day.
Here's a download link for iPod 2 iTunes: Download iPod 2 iTunes.
Another similar program called iPod 2 iPod lets you transfer music files between two iPods. Just select the music, playlists, photos, or videos that you want to transfer, and drag them over to the other iPod.
Here's a flash video of the program in action. Click the demo to view a full size version.