How to Transfer Media From iOS to a Computer Without Using iTunes

By , Dec 8, 2011

When Apple originally launched iTunes it revolutionized device-to-computer media sync software. But after years of leaving the app largely unchanged, users have started calling for a revamp. In this day in age, iTunes feels antiquated.

Luckily, there are a couple of ways around using iTunes to transfer media from your iOS device to your computer, and vice versa. Using file transfer software, you can move virtually anything from your iDevice to your Windows PC or Mac and back again.

DigiDNA’s DiskAid 5 has received an update that enables iOS to Mac OS X or Windows transfers. The app comes in both a free and paid version, and it could keep you from needing to use iTunes ever again.

The free version allows unlimited file transfers from any iOS device to any computer and gives you access to the iOS file system and Camera Roll. You can also use the free version to turn your device into a portable USB storage drive.

The paid version of the app is definitely more capable. It allows you to transfer music, videos, contacts, call history, and even text messages to your computer. It doesn’t come cheap, though. It’ll cost you a cool $25 to license the software.

If you want to give DiskAid 5 a shot, you can download it from DigiDNA’s website.

What’s your favorite iOS file transfer app?

[Hat tip to iClarified]

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  • http://twitter.com/spinal2k Pedro Barbosa

    sux, still requires itunes installed…

    not useful!

  • http://www.techx64.com Tushar Agarwal

    I can spare $25 for this app, there are lots on songs i dont have on my mac, since i manage my iTunes manually, this will help get back all my iPhone music. Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/saltysmith1 Chris Smith

    Just a shame it has to connect via usb

    • http://twitter.com/AmitKummer Amit Kummer

      that’s really a big problem since iTunes got a wifi sync.

  • http://twitter.com/Omarjk14 Rodney McCree

    ifunbox

  • Anonymous

    i-Funbox is cool…

  • Anonymous

    iFunBox rules! :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MTVAKYGTQIEH5S4NRCJUEI6DTE Mark Thomas

    if you’re a student you get a 2 year license free. I use this app to transfer over my lectures bc iTunes doesn’t always do it..a great application!

  • Dan

    if it can sync everything, might give this a go. I absolutely hate iTunes.

    I don’t mind about the cable, I disabled wifi-sync, itunes popping up everytime I got close to my pc drove me crazy. I prefer to sync when I want to.

    • Anonymous

      how is that a problem? why not just deselect “Open iTunes when the (device) is connected” box. works fine for me, iTunes never opens unless i open it :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yasser-Kaskas/515387178 Yasser Kaskas

    Dosent let you tranfer music files for free…iFunBox is good but dosent work on older gen iPods, this does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cameron-Farzaneh/100000931068104 Cameron Farzaneh

    if you have open ssh installed on your iPhone, you can ssh into it weird! really fast! You just go under the file system folder and then ur in!

  • Anonymous

    I actually just checked this out the other day. Not any i-FunBox replacement, but certainly an alternative tool to use. Probably will use both depending on the need that has to be accomplished. Yes it requires iTunes due to its interaction with the AppleMobileDevice service. iTunes components seem to be the defacto for iDevice mgmt, even by 3rd party tools. (Cant remember if any of the CopyTrans suit requires it though)

  • http://twitter.com/akivacp annonymous2twitr

    iFunBox is a great iTunes alternative to installing and backing up apps. It also does other things, even with non-jailbroken devices. But when you jailbreak your device, the big guns come out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000215040701 Bogdan Vasilescu

    I like photosync very easy to use and all transfers goes over wifi :)