If you’ve ever wanted to get files off your iPod, it can be an eye-opening experience. iTunes doesn’t offer the option to export files to your desktop, I expect this is to keep scum like the RIAA happy. While it can be done manually, it’s not a task for the faint of heart, thanks to mangled file names and a file structure on the iPod that throws stuff all over the place it all becomes something of a hunt.
Fortunately there is a solution. A clever standalone shareware programme called Podutil wil do the job nicely. It’s available for Mac OS 9 and OS X, as well as Win2K and WinXP