7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 9, 2008 2:03 PM by Zevoneer
LlamaBreath Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
A month ago, my pc crashed and I had to have my Windows reinstalled. I lost iTunes, but no problems I thought as I have all my music stored on my iPod. I reinstalled iTunes, and then connected my iPod to be told it was synced with a different iTunes library. How do I resync it with this iTunes I have now? I fear I am going to lose my 45G of music!...

Sony PCV W1/G, Windows XP Pro
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    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. When your iPod appears in the iTunes source list change the update setting to manual, that will let you use our iPod without the risk of accidentally erasing it. Check the "manually manage music and videos" box in Summary then press the Apply button. 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: 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. The transfer of content 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 and comparisons of some of them here:
    Wired News - Rescue Your Stranded Tunes
    Comparison of iPod managers

    TuneJack Windows Only (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
    iPod2PC Windows Only
    iDump Windows Only
    SharePod Windows Only
    iPodRip Mac & Windows
    YamiPod Mac and Windows
    Music Rescue Mac & Windows
    iPodCopy Mac and Windows
    Floola Mac & Windows
    iGadget Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
    iRepo Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
    iPod Access Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)

    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 or iPhone to a computer

    There's also a manual method of copying songs from your iPod to a Mac or PC. The procedure is a bit involved and won't recover playlists but if you're interested it's available on page 2 at this link: Copying Content from your iPod to your Computer - The Definitive Guide

    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.
  • LlamaBreath Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the reply. I have since bought a portable hard drive! So, to be clear, there is no easy way? I have to use third party software? Apple did not have a solution to this problem? I was hoping I could do an easy resync...
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    *So, to be clear, there is no easy way? I have to use third party software*

    Depends on your definition of easy, lots of people use the manual method I linked to and find it no problem so no, you don't have to use 3rd party software. The utilities just automate the process and make it a bit more user friendly. Using Itunes you can only move purchases so Apple do provide a solution of sorts but it's only partial.
  • LlamaBreath Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    But there's no manual way of copying across CD downloaded and other hard drive downloaded music? Looks like iTunes purchased music is easy, but the rest has to be downloaded on to your pc via a 3rd party programme, and then from your pc to iTunes?...
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    *there's no manual way of copying across CD downloaded and other hard drive downloaded music*

    Did you read all of my original post? "There's also a manual method of copying songs from your iPod to a Mac or PC. The procedure is a bit involved and won't recover playlists but if you're interested it's available on page 2 at this link: Copying Content from your iPod to your Computer - The Definitive Guide"

    The manual method will copy everything, purchased and non purchased, as will the utilities.
  • LlamaBreath Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks - I guess I just scanned your answer. I'll give it a go. One last question - how long would it take to copy 12,000 songs manually?...
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    Not sure how long that would take, maybe 30 to 45 minutes but that's just a guess. I'm off for the the night so good luck and take care.