Senuti: From iPod to iTunes

Senuti IconEver wanted to grab some songs off a friends iPod and put them onto your computer? Apple makes this difficult, by renaming all the files in the music folder of your iPod and placing them in obscure sub-directories (blame the record companies). This is where Senuti comes into play. Despite the odd name (iTunes spelled backwards), it's a very useful little app.

Senuti displays the contents of your iPod in an iTunes-esque interface, showing your playlists and your iPod library. It then gives you the option to either export the songs of your choice from your iPod to a folder on the computer, or directly into the iTunes library. Senuti will also detect duplicate songs if you already have them in the iTunes library and either skip the track, rename it, or overwrite it.

Senuti Window

Senuti can also copy across the track's artwork so you can have those too. Playlists from the iPod can also be exported and you can export directly to a playlist within iTunes instead of directly into the library. Perfect for giving someone that mix you worked hard on.

I have the DMG file stored on my iPod, so if I'm at a friend’s place and they want some of my songs, I can install it on their machine and dump all the music over. Every iPod owner should have this on their iPod, just in case.

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28 Responses to “Senuti: From iPod to iTunes”

  1. steve on July 17th, 2007 10:57 am

    blame the record companies?????

    no other mp3 player does this.

    I love my mac but you apple fanboys need to open your eyes.

  2. steve on July 17th, 2007 10:57 am

    ok maybe not NO other mp3 player but none that I own or would buy.

  3. Lucky on July 17th, 2007 11:38 am

    steve… that pretty much because DRM and iTunes store. I think if the itunes store wouldn’t exist, this wouldn’t be the same.

    And my initial reason to comment, I personally recommend this application for those who have their iTunes library corrupted and want to recover their playlists from the iPod. I tried more than 5 applications (both commercial and free) before downloading this and NONE worked. Senuti is great for that!

    I just wish for a better interface :)

  4. steve on July 17th, 2007 1:01 pm


    ipod came before itunes store

  5. Techslacker on July 17th, 2007 1:34 pm

    The ipod was released first but if you go back in your wayback machine and spy on them, you’ll find the store was planned all along at about the same time. :)

  6. steve on July 17th, 2007 4:12 pm

    either way how is that an excuses? You can put the stuff you buy online on an external HD. Why can you not read the ipod as an external HD.

    Make all the lame excuses you want (but never blame apple)but it doesn’t change the fact that the ipod is missing loads of basic features found in almost every other MP3 player.

  7. Dan Booring on July 17th, 2007 4:53 pm

    Just want to point out that you *can* sync iTunes purchases between computers using an iPod to shuttle them back an forth. The only hangup is on music you’ve ripped from CD into iTunes since there is no DRM encoded into those tracks.

    With no DRM to prove to iTunes that you have the right to copy the file, the software won’t allow you to move it from an iPod to iTunes. So, it is a limitation imposed by the record labels. (Apple has nothing to lose by allowing you to do this.)

  8. steve on July 17th, 2007 5:01 pm

    you just proved my point that it has nothing to do with the store.

    why can you do it on an external HD then? your point makes no sense. If it is imposed by the record industry its in the form of a payoff to apple not any actual imposing of law otherwise all external storage devices or software would not allow file transferring.

    in other words – OPEN YOUR EYES

  9. Dan Booring on July 17th, 2007 5:48 pm

    @ steve:

    I don’t think I understand your question. Are you asking why iTunes allows me to store music files on an external hard disk then copy them off and on but not do so with an iPod?

    If that’s your question, the answer is that iTunes’s synchronization is complicated. You *can* copy files to and from an external hdd, but you *can’t* synchronize to it from iTunes. If you want iTunes to automatically track and update your library, you need to store your music on an iPod.

    Of course, you can store your music files on an iPod in Disk Mode, but, again, you won’t be able to sync.

    I don’t think I understand what you’re saying in your second paragraph. Could you try again, please?

  10. steve on July 17th, 2007 5:55 pm

    I am saying that your logic makes no sense. If apple doesn’t allow you to transfer files off of your ipod onto another computer due to the RIAA then why is this not the case with every other devise ever made?

  11. Greg H on July 17th, 2007 10:13 pm

    As a note: MacApper does not condone violation of copyright laws. We do not recommend using this program in way that may infringe upon copyright law. There are legitimate reasons to have a need to get music off your iPod that do not include stealing music.

  12. Dan Booring on July 18th, 2007 1:19 am

    @ steve:

    OK, I understand now.

    How many of those “other devices” are married to an online store that sells music through relationships with all five major music labels?

  13. Lucky on July 18th, 2007 4:59 am

    The iPod would not have worked without the iTunes Store.

    One question: If I put some mp3 files on my iPod in Disk Mode, can it play them?

  14. Albert on July 18th, 2007 7:40 am

    thats a cool app… not the only one though…

  15. Will on July 18th, 2007 8:56 am


    You need to put them in with iTunes to have them playable.

  16. Lucky on July 18th, 2007 9:06 am

    ahh. okay then I agree a little with steve. Even tho I don’t care about this feature, it would be nice to be as simple as drag and drop from any computer.

  17. Ryan on July 19th, 2007 9:18 am

    I love this app because I don’t carry my music on my Macbook HD so I plugin my iPod and play it off there! Senuti is great!

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  21. Smith on October 17th, 2008 9:45 am

    i have a nano 8gb ipod which the itunes on my PC does not recorgnize. each time i connect it to my itunes, it is not recorgnize my itunes and i cant syncronise my music and movie to my ipod. please help.

  22. scott on April 21st, 2009 1:57 am

    dear smith well if you havent upgraded your i tunes then try that first if not here is a few for you.
    1. your syncing bracket might be messed up.
    2. if you can get it connected to your itunes then restore it it will delete all your music but hopefully you have it all on you itunes.
    3. it is a possibility that your computer is so outdated it is like a mentally challenged baby and only want to recognise your device once in a while. if this is the case you are screwed.
    4. a failsafe plan you might not like is you could delete your itunes completly not your music but your itunes and re install it completely and then put all your music back on and then sync it it schoul work.

    PS it is ok to ask

  23. scott on April 21st, 2009 2:06 am

    ok well i have to say this i am a pc lover and apple is cool and all but it is only functionall for music and movies and pics otherwise it just really sucks so dont be so darn lazy and go learn how to use a pc and buy a real computer> the only thing good about apple is their laptops cause you can drop them in a bath tub let them dry and they will work again>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> but i can do that with my desk top and my alienware laptop and i dont use eather in the tub

    ps macs suck

  24. conner on April 21st, 2009 2:11 am

    Frist off i have to say you really upset me by saying such things. If you dont like macs keep it to yourself!!!! I really dont like pc’s.

  25. Scott A Resch on April 21st, 2009 2:15 am

    Ok my case rests people who are lonley and cant use a computer buy a mac likwe this guy up there^^^^^^

    you could all do better!!! Buy a computer!!! NOW!!!!

  26. adri on August 26th, 2009 11:36 am

    (SOU LEIGA)Alguém pode me explicar: meu noot positivo peq. ficou pesado quando instalei o itunes 74 MG, entao tirei imediatamente. Vi opção de instalar sharepod para carregar o ipod , ele fica zipado.Achei que serviria p transf musicas como no itunes, mas não sai zipado.
    Depois li que p SHAREPOD ,ser usado como itunes precisa ser acompanhado pelo SENUTI.
    porque??????????Não estou entendendo nada….
    Obrigado antecipadamente.

  27. Cynthia on April 26th, 2010 8:46 pm

    Will Senuti work with the iPod on the iPhone?

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