1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 11, 2007 4:17 AM by slw_14035
slw_14035 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My laptop hardrive got corrupted before I could back it up which means I lost all the music on it. I installed itunes on a new computer but it doesn't recognise any of the tunes on my ipod (even though it is the same disc as before). I can't even upgrade as I've been told that would wipe my ipod...I have absolutely no idea what to do! Please help...
  • 1. Re: I've lost all my itunes...help!!!
    Jeff Bryan Level 9 Level 9 (61,785 points)
    You could recover the songs from your iPod.

    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.

    Find out how to do that here.

    How to copy iTunes purchases from an iPod to a computer.

    For all other non purchased content (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.