Download the DeTune disk image. Double-click the mounted image, and drag DeTune to your Applications directory. You can now unmount the disk image.

Running DeTune

When you start DeTune, it will try to detect any connected iPods. If your iPod isn't already connected, plug it in to your Mac now (if DeTune doesn't detect your device, please read the FAQ). DeTune will read the library on your device, and display it:

The DeTune interface is similar to iTunes, so you should be able to find your way around pretty quickly. In the device list on the left, you will find all your playlists, as well as special categories for different media types such as Movies, TV shows, Podcasts, Ringtones, etc. If you have more than one iPod connected, they will all be displayed in the device list.

Copying music

To copy songs from your iPod back to your Mac, select the items you want and drag them to a Finder window, or your desktop. It's that simple!

Copying movies or other media is done in the same way.

Changing the filename template

When DeTune copies songs from your iPod, it uses a filename template to create the files on your Mac. Open the Preferences window from the DeTune menu and go to the Song Names tab to change the template used:

Choose an existing template from the drop-down list, or use the buttons to insert tokens from the song's metadata. By ticking the Prompt for format when copying songs option, you will be able to choose the format each time you copy songs from your devices.

Use the other preferences tabs to set filename preferences for other media types.

The Files list

DeTune also includes a files list under your device. This allows you to access the files that are stored on your device, copy them back to your Mac, and copy files from your Mac onto your device. This can be quite a useful feature, but also can be dangerous if misused.

Warning: do not delete system files

Some of the files on your device are system files which are necessary for iTunes and your device to function correctly. If you delete them your device may not work properly, or you may lose the media stored on your device. It is best not to delete anything you didn't put there to begin with.

For this reason, the Files list is disabled by default. To enable it, open the Preferences window from the DeTune menu. On the General tab, enable the Show Files list option:

Enable the Allow write access to devices in Files list option if you want to be able to copy files to the device, or rename or delete files on the device. Use this feature at your own risk.

The Files list provides a simple directory interface, similar to Finder's List view:

You can navigate through the directory structure to view the files on your device, and copy them back to your Mac by dragging them to a Finder window. If you have write access enabled, you can also copy files and directories to your device by dragging them from Finder onto the files list in DeTune.