2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 30, 2007 2:43 AM by Jeff Bryan
Far814 Level 1 (0 points)
I recently had my computer crash, and my whole iTunes library went down with it. However, it is still saved on my iPod. I would like to transfer my library to my new computer, and there was an article on "How to use your ipod to move your music to a new computer" http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300173.

On the step where you drag your iTunes folder to the one on your desktop, I notice it doesn't show. However, the Notes, Contacts, Calendars, and Photos folders do show up. HELP!?!?!?!

IBM ThinkPad, Windows XP
  • Far814 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh by the way, my iPod music library will show up in iTunes, and my computer is on the setting to "show hidden files" already.
  • Jeff Bryan Level 9 (61,790 points)
    For iTunes version 7 or later, then you can transfer purchased iTunes store music from the iPod to an authorized computer by using the "file/transfer purchases from iPod" menu. Note that the maximum of 5 authorized computers applies here.

    For all other non purchased music (your own CDs etc) try this method which works on some Windows PCs.

    Enable your iPod for disk use.

    See: iPod Disk Use.

    Open iTunes and select edit/preferences/advanced/general. Put a check mark in the box marked "copy files to iTunes music folder when adding to library" and also "keep iTunes music folder organized", then click 'ok'.

    Connect the iPod whilst holding down the shift/ctrl keys to prevent any auto sync, and if you see the dialogue window asking if you want to sync to this itunes library, click 'no'.

    Then go to file/add folder, open 'my computer', select your iPod and click 'ok'.

    The music files should transfer to your iTunes.

    If this doesn't work (and it may not because officially it's not supposed to), check out the instructions/suggestions here.

    Music from iPod to computer (using option 2). This a manual method using "hidden folders" and although it works, it is a little more involved than other methods..

    Much easier ways are to use one of the many 3rd party programs that copy music from the iPod to the computer.

    One of the most recommended is Yamipod. This is a free program that transfers music from iPod back to the computer. However, it does not transfer playcounts/ratings etc.

    Another free program is Pod Player.

    SharePod is also freeware.

    If you want to recover just the structure of playlists from the iPod (and not the actual song files themselves), there's iRepo for Windows. which I understand has this feature along with all the standard features for these programs.

    iPodRip also has the feature enabling you to reconstruct playlists.