Transferring Your Music

Before using Senuti, you will want to alter a few iTunes preferences:

  1. Launch iTunes with your iPod disconnected
  2. Open the iTunes preferences and select the Devices tab
  3. Enable the preference to Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically
  4. Open the iTunes preferences and select the Advanced tab
  5. Enable the preference to Share iTunes Library XML with other applications if it exists
  6. Click the OK button in the bottom right-hand corner to save your changes

A full guide on getting started with Senuti is available that walks you through this process. Now you can launch Senuti and plug in your device. When you plug in your device you may still receive a prompt in iTunes asking your if you would like to Erase and Sync your iPod, you will want to hit Cancel to prevent iTunes from syncing your device.

Transfer Music

There are two different methods for transferring your music and playlists from Senuti to iTunes. Depending on your personal preference, you can either use the transfer button, or drag and drop!

Transfer Button — To copy songs from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad to your computer, all you have to do is highlight the songs you wish to transfer, then click the Transfer button in the upper left hand corner of the application.

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The songs will now be copied to your computer. They will be added to iTunes if you enabled the preference to Automatically Add songs to iTunes Library. For more information, please see our article on Using Senuti with iTunes.

Drag and Drop — It is simple to add songs directly to iTunes regardless of your preferences. Simply highlight the songs you wish to transfer, then drag them to the iTunes item in the left-hand source list within Senuti. The songs will be copied to your computer then added to iTunes.

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Once your music has been transferred to iTunes successfully, a blue dot will appear next to the songs in Senuti. Use this to verify what songs have already been copied, and to locate songs without blue dots that still need to be copied.

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Senuti conveniently marks songs that are already in iTunes by placing a blue dot next to them. You can hide these songs by choosing Hide Songs → in iTunes from theView menu in Senuti.

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For further assistance please watch our support video.

Transfer Playlists

Once you have copied your music to iTunes using Senuti, you may want to recreate your playlists. Senuti does this easily, without duplicating songs.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Launch Senuti with your device plugged in
  2. Locate the name of a playlist you wish to copy on the left-hand source list in Senuti
  3. Locate the ITUNES item on the source list in Senuti
  4. Drag and drop the playlist to the ITUNES item within Senuti.
  5. Repeat the previous step for each playlist you wish to copy

iTunes has now recreated your playlists without duplicating any songs, and Senuti has added any songs from the playlist which were not already copied to iTunes

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You may have to scroll down to find iTunes in the Senuti source list depending on how many playlists you have.

Transfer Music and Playlists

There is also a way in Senuti to recover all of your playlists and songs at once.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Select Music listed beneath your device name
  2. Drag and drop your Music to your ITUNES item within Senuti
  3. Select whether to recover Songs or to recover both Songs and Playlists

iTunes has now recreated your playlists without duplicating any songs, and Senuti has added any songs from the playlist which were not already copied to iTunes

For further assistance please watch our support video.

Other Options: Always add to iTunes

You can configure Senuti to add songs to iTunes whenever you copy songs to your computer. To do this, watch our support video and follow the instructions outlined below.

  1. Launch Senuti with your device plugged in
  2. Open the Preferences window by selecting Preferences from the Senuti menu
  3. On the Preferences window, switch to the Copying tab
  4. Under iTunes check the box labeled Automatically Add Songs to iTunes Library
  5. Close the Preferences window
  6. Select the songs you wish to add to iTunes in the Senuti window
  7. Click the Transfer button located in the top left-hand corner of Senuti
  8. Your songs are now added to the iTunes library

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Other Options: Transfer songs to a different location

To copy songs to a location other than your iTunes Music Folder, open the Preferences window by selecting Preferences from the Senuti menu, and switch to the Copying tab. The save location can be changed by choosing a default location in the drop down menu. Your music will now be copied to this location when you click Transfer.

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After Using Senuti

Once your music has been successfully recovered with Senuti, you are free to use the normal syncing functionality of iTunes with your device. Specifically, you can change your settings back to have iTunes auto-sync when you connect your device to your computer. You can do this by removing the Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically setting in your iTunes Preferences. This was altered in the initial setup step before using Senuti to transfer over your music.

You can also leave the Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically setting and manually sync your iPod when you'd like to. The option is up to you!

Please keep in mind if you remove the preventative syncing measures in your iTunes Preferences, you'll have to redo the setup steps next time you want to use Senuti! Each time you connect your device to your computer, your content (music, movies, etc) will automatically sync according to your preferences set in iTunes.

You can adjust sync settings any time your device is connected to your computer!