1561 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2007 4:16 AM by Jeff Bryan
if you are using windows
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"
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
JAKTHEBOMB A TRUE GAMER
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.