2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2007 4:16 AM by Jeff Bryan
dad-tries-to-help Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am trying to burn some songs for my daughter onto a CD, but the songs she wants are on her ipod, not her hard drive. how do I copy them to the hard drive so I can burn them onto a CD??

Windows XP
  • jakthebomb Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    if you are using windows
    connect ipod
    double click my computer
    then on the top you will see tools
    click it and go to folder options
    click the tab view
    then select "show hidden files and folders"
    click ok

    then double click your ipod in my computer
    you will now see a transeparent folder
    double click it

    double click music
    then there are some folders with 01, 02, 00, 03
    copy and paste all of them to where ever you want them
    then go throug all of them and find the songs you want
    the mp3's will be in a XXXX.mp3 "XXXX" are random letters before mp3

    the files still have the metadata still in them so just open them in a program of your choice

    i recomend mediamonkey
    it can rename all of those files back to the origanal names instantly

    there are many ways to get them back this is just one way

  • Jeff Bryan Level 9 Level 9 (61,785 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.

    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.

    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.