10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2008 4:24 PM by VA2020
Laura Bender2 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
my drive died and I lost all photos and music - BUT they are on my iPod Touch. I have transfered most of my purchased music and need to transfer all the photos.

Is there a way to transfer photos from ipod touch to computer? Or download them to somewhere else (external drive or on-line photo processing site)?

Desperate

ipod touch, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Jefe Tapa Level 3 Level 3 (925 points)
    Open iPhoto or Image Capture and then connect your iPod. Either of these applications should allow you to import the photos to your computer.

    Good luck!
  • Duddo Level 4 Level 4 (1,470 points)
    Hi Laura,

    I hope what Jefe said is correct and you can transfer them but I am not familiar with Mac's.
    If not, you may need a third party app such as [TouchCopy|http://www.wideanglesoftware.com/touchcopy>

    Using this you can retreive photos, but bare in mind they will only be 640x480 resolution as iTunes "optimises" them to fit on the Touch, still, better than none at all.

    Good luck,

    Dud.
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Jefe Tapa, that is not correct. The IPT/iPhone do not allow disk use, so there is no way to transfer the pics without 3rd party software. Around these forums, we prefer that you have tested your suggestions, or have other knowledge that enables you to be sure you are offering a valid suggestion.

    Do you have an iPod Touch? Before replying that you were not correct, I connected my IPT and launched iPhoto and Image Capture - neither detected the device. I also knew beforehand that they would not.

    Laura - Duddo is correct - you need TouchCopy. Be aware that as part of the transfer to the IPT, the pics were "optimized" to a uniform resolution. For most digital images, that means a reduction in image quality compared to the original image. Certainly, a reduced quality image is better than nothing. External hard disks are cheap (even reasonably-sized ones are much cheaper than an IPT, for example) - I'd recommend you get one and implement a backup strategy - drives do fail, as you have learned...
  • Jon Spencer Wellington Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    TouchCopy works OK, but there are better choices on this blog http://manageipodphotos.wordpress.com
  • Ramanda Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This might take a while but you can always email each photo to yourself. If you have a photo up on the screen, hit the little jumping arrow on the bottom left and options will come up. Select 'Email Photo'. I did this with some of mine, as my hard drive died 2 weeks ago and I got a new one
  • ManzanaMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey,
    I just wanted to transfer my mp3s from my iPod touch but I didnt think it will be like this.

    Why does Apple do this?! Why doesnt Apple make it easy for us to sync from iPod to computer as well?
  • BGLeduc Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    +Do you have an iPod Touch? Before replying that you were not correct, I connected my IPT and launched iPhoto and Image Capture - neither detected the device. I also knew beforehand that they would not.+

    Funny. My Touch does appear in my iPhoto device list. Based on how it appears, it looks as though iPhoto thinks its a camera, although all the import options are grayed out.

    And it does not show what pics are already on it.

    Brian

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  • VA2020 Level 4 Level 4 (3,450 points)
    I recall that photos on the iPod touch transferred from a Mac are optimized for viewing on the iPod. Hence, it may NOT be in it's original state. Be careful you don't sync your photos and delete the ones still left on your iPod.
  • Duddo Level 4 Level 4 (1,470 points)
    Hi,

    First,
    -(.)^(.)- wrote:
    I recall that photos on the iPod touch transferred from a Mac are optimized for viewing on the iPod. Hence, it may NOT be in it's original state. Be careful you don't sync your photos and delete the ones still left on your iPod.


    that was mentioned...nearly 3 months ago.

    Second, to ManzanaMac, this is to help prevent you giving all your music away for free, i.e illegal copying.

    Third, to BGLeduc, what "neuro'" said (nearly three months ago) was correct at the time, things have changed since 2.0 software but as you can see, photos still cannot be copied back from the Touch except those created by "Screen Shot" or captured from the web.

    Regards,

    Dud.
  • VA2020 Level 4 Level 4 (3,450 points)
    Thanks, Duddo. I didn't noticed that this thread was bumped from that long ago. Just wanted to re-iterate the optimized state of the photos.

    As an aside, do you know if syncing with iTunes will delete the iPod photos?