4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2008 1:46 PM by deggie
dnp4567 Level 1 Level 1
hi, i lost all of my music on my pc for some reason, but it is currently on my ipod. i didnt save the music to cds. the only way to get my music back is to sync it on another computer. but when i try to sync it it says it will erase everyhthing on my ipod. how do i sync without losing my songs?

Dell, Windows XP
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9
    Connect your iPod to your computer. When you get the message that it is linked to a different library and asking if you want to link to this one and replace all your songs etc, press "Cancel". Pressing "Erase and Sync" will irretrievably remove all the songs from your iPod. Your iPod should appear in the iTunes source list from where you can change the update setting to manual and use your iPod without the risk of accidentally erasing it. Also when using most of the utilities listed below your iPod needs to be enabled for disc use, changing to manual update will do this by default. Check the "manually manage music and videos" box in Summary then press the Apply button: Managing content manually on iPod

    Once you are safely connected there are a few things you can do to restore your iTunes from the iPod. If you have any iTunes Music Store purchases the transfer of purchased content from the iPod to authorised computers was introduced with iTunes 7. You'll find details in this article: Copying iTunes Store purchases from your iPod to a computer

    The transfer of content from other sources such as songs imported from CD is designed by default to be one way from iTunes to iPod. However there are a number of third party utilities that you can use to retrieve the music files and playlists from your iPod. You'll find that they have varying degrees of functionality and some will transfer movies, videos, photos, podcasts and games as well. Have a look at the web pages and documentation, this is just a small selection of what's available, they are generally quite straightforward. You can read reviews of some of them here: Wired News - Rescue Your Stranded Tunes

    TuneJack Windows Only
    iPod2PC Windows Only
    iGadget Windows Only
    iDump Windows Only
    SharePod Windows Only
    iRepo Mac and Windows
    iPodRip Mac & Windows
    YamiPod Mac and Windows
    Music Rescue Mac & Windows
    iPodCopy Mac and Windows

    There is also a manual method of accessing the iPod's hard drive and copying songs back to iTunes on Windows or a Mac. The procedure is a bit involved and won't recover playlists but if you're interested it's available at this link: Two-way Street: Moving Music Off the iPod

    Whichever of these retrieval methods you choose, keep your iPod in manual mode until you have reloaded your iTunes and you are happy with your playlists etc then it will be safe to return it auto-sync. I would also advise that you get yourself an external hard drive and back your stuff up, relying on an iPod as your sole backup is not a good idea and external drives are comparatively inexpensive these days, you can get loads of storage for a reasonable outlay.
  • gavzey Level 1 Level 1
    or a simple step by step guide (as i just did this).......

    download YAMIPOD (google it)
    open it (CLOSE ITUNES) connect ur ipod and it ill recognize it.
    (still do not open itunes or this will not work)
    transfer all of the music that yoru friend put on your ipod to your PC.
    then close yamipod.
    open iTunes and copy all the transferred music into it. then clcik on ur ipod in itunes and select the box which says "automatically sync music" (or something)
    then it will ask u if u want to delete the ipods hardrive and replace it with your itunes library. (because u have transferred the music to your computer, this doesnt matter). say yes and all the music from your friend and your old music will be transferred to ur ipod.
  • papaya714 Level 1 Level 1
    I have an iPod shuffle and want to keep the music that is on it. I have tried Yamipod and iPodrip and Senuti for Mac OSX but none of the programs recognize the iPod and iTunes will not recognize it either, other than to ask me if I want to sync it and delete all the files. No iPod icon shows up in any menu and it is not listed under devices when I connect it, but it is recognized in the File menu where I can click to sync songs or transfer songs (which doesn't work because 7 of the 50 songs are unauthorized). Can I get one of these programs to recognize it without deleting the memory?
  • deggie Level 9 Level 9
    The Shuffle works differently than all other iPods and you can only sync with one computer.