So if you've got all your files on your iPod, how do you back it up. If you aren't near your computer, this could be a disaster. "iLounge":http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/copying-music-from-ipod-to-computer/ saves the day with a good overview of the many utilities available. I've used a bunch of these are they are so, so reliable
Here is what their review says, CopyTrans ($20) costs money, but it recovers all the metadata (for me ratings really matter!) so it is worth it. Only for Windows though. If you are on the Mac, then iPodRip ($15) is the equivalent and works very well. You get a coupon CPN1530724219 for 15% off
Senuti is a freeware recovery tool and works pretty well too and the same with YamiPod
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