Welcome to Backstage
Backstage makes it easy to backup the music library on your iPod to any Mac or
Windows PC (requires Mac OS X 10.3, or 10.4, or Windows XP). In the event your
computer is ever lost or stolen, you can rest assured that Backstage will allow you
to recover your valuable music library from your iPod to another computer, quickly
and easily. This guide will walk you through installing and using Backstage.
Installing and Registering Backstage
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Download for Mac and Windows
Like your iPod, Backstage works with both Mac and Windows computers. You can
download both versions so that you can easily backup your music library to either plat-
form. When you purchase a Backstage license key, you can use that key to unlock both
the Mac and Windows versions of Backstage. Your license entitles you to install Back-
stage on up to 5 computers, for use by yourself and members of your household.
Installing Backstage for Mac
1. Download the Mac version of Backstage from http://www.widgetfab.com to your
2. If necessary unzip the BackstageMac.zip ﬁle by
double-clicking its icon on your desktop (if your
Browser is conﬁgured to automatically open “safe”
ﬁles after downloading, Backstage will be un-
zipped for you.)
3. Drag and drop Backstage into your Applications
4. For quick access, drag and drop Backstage into
Installing Backstage for Windows
1. Download the Windows version of Backstage (BackstageWin.zip) from
http://www.widgetfab.com to your desktop.
2. Unzip BackstageWin.zip and double-click the re-
sulting BackstageSetup.exe installer and follow
the prompts to install Backstage on your system.
3. Backstage for Windows requires Java 1.4.2
or later. If you do not have Java installed on
your PC, you will get a message dialog when
you run Backstage asking if you want to download Java. If you get the dialog, click
OK to proceed to the Java download page (http://www.java.com). Download and run
the Java installer. You are now ready to manage your music library with Backstage.
To register Backstage and remove the Free Trial restrictions, you must purchase a li-
cense at http://www.widgetfab.com. The license entitles you to install and use Back-
stage on up to ﬁve (5) computers within your own household. Once you have purchased
a license, you will receive a conﬁrmation email that will provide you with your License
Key. To enter your License Key and unlock Backstage do the following:
1. Open the Backstage Preferences panel (use the “Edit > Preferences...” menu for
Windows; use the “Backstage > Preferences...” menu for Mac).
2. Locate the Email Address and License Key provided in your purchase conﬁrmation
email. Copy and paste those values exactly as provided into the corresponding ﬁelds
on the Preferences panel. Note: you must use the Email Address that was sent with
the License Key in your conﬁrmation email. It is the email address that you provided
when you purchased Backstage.
3. Click the OK button at the bottom of the Preferences panel. If you entered your
Email Address and License Key correctly, you will receive a conﬁrmation message
that your registration was accepted.
Fast and Easy Backups From Your iPod
Backstage makes it easy to restore the music from your iPod to your WIndows PC or
Mac. Just plug your iPod into your computer, and it will appear in the Source list, fol-
lowed by its playlists.
Next, click the button and select the backup folder where you want your music ﬁles
to be copied.
You can browse through your iPod music library and select any iPod, Playlist, Artist, Al-
bum, or Song that is displayed. The selected item will be highlighted in blue. Then sim-
ply click the button to copy the songs in that selection to the backup folder you
While Backstage is copying the songs in your selection, you can continue to browse
your library and add more selections to the queue to be copied to your backup folder.
Connected iPods and
their playlists appear
Select the folder where songs Copy the selected song, album,
will be copied. artist, playlist, or iPod to the
folder selected at left.