I recently started using Floola to manage my old video ipod. I keep the video ipod in the car and use my FM transmitter to listen to podcasts via the car radio. This is a good solution as the battery power on the ipod is not brilliant and I don’t particularly use it for any video watching. I was getting frustrated with the iTunes software to sync my now ageing ipod and found that iTunes kept asking me to upgrade and download the latest version; which seemed to screw the synchronisation process with the ipod and sometimes even did not see the ipod at all.

Floola is a single .EXE program that you copy to your ipod and run directly from the ipod. You plug in the ipod, use file explorer to find the drive of the ipod, copy the floola.exe to that drive and then run the program from there. this gave me the advantage of being able to keep the ipod self contained so that I could manage the ipod on any pc plus the floola software can even maintain your list of podcast rss feeds and download via the floola program. The only downside I found is that the software can sometimes be slightly unpredictable and like all software of this nature; takes some getting used to. Having said that in these days of massive downloads and bloated software it’s refreshing to find a piece of software that is small (only 1 exe file – no installation) and simple once you get used to it.

I strongly recommend it and it’s donationware, which means donate an amount of money if you want – but you don’t have to.

Floola is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod or your Motorola mobile phone (any model supporting iTunes). It’s a standalone application that can be run directly from your iPod and needs no installation under Linux, Mac OS X and Windows (Windows Vista is supported).

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