iPodBackup is a shell script-turned-application created using Platypus developer tool for the Mac OS X. It allows to back up home folder to your iPod using the open source technology widely known as rsync. iPodBackup is fully automated backup utility which can back up your iPod each time you plug it to your computer. This is completely free application not like many other available iPod backup applications.
iPodBackup allows to customize a list of items to be excluded from the backup by simply dragging-and-dropping them onto the app. By default several folders are excluded from the backup to avoid unnecessary files such as cache. Before it starts back up it checks against current backup to avoid duplicates.
Maybe it isn’t the most feature rich iPod backup app but it sure does its job and does it well. It works on older Macs and iPods and none of the latest iPods are included since application developers are already hired by Apple and they are creating backup system for iTunes. Now you know how good this application is/was but not many users was aware of the iPodBackup during its peak time some 5 years ago.
Please note: The first backup can take a quite some time especially if you have a loads of files on your iPod and you use an encrypted disk image. Repeated backups will be much faster because iPodBackup application will know whit what it is dealing and only files with changes will be copied over.
What’s new in iPodBackup 1.5.4?
- Growl notification support
- Better handling of disk image mounting problems
- Improved speed and stability
- Several minor bug fixes
- Slightly redesigned UI
This app is no longer supported and developed so it means that it will not work on many latest OS X versions including OS X Lion and Mountain Lion. Many latest iPod models are not supported as well since many uses iOS mobile operating system that does not allow to access these folders without jailbreak. If you still want to test this application head to CNET download section.