5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 27, 2008 10:30 AM by Zevoneer
andy1000 Level 1 Level 1
I'm sure that this has been covered plenty of times before, but can anybody give me a quick answer to save me having to trawl through thousands of other posts please?

Due to my old laptop with my music collection on dying, I've now got a new laptop and installed iTunes 8.0, but now when I've come to transfer my music back to it I've got the following problems:

1) It won't transfer anything back into Windows/iTunes library

2) 4 out of the 5 DRM purchased albums have disappeared off of my iPod since tring to sync those with iTunes. Now all I have showing in my iTunes library is one purchased album.

HELP!

1) What's the easiest way of transferring my music back to my computer? I've tried importing the hidden music folders from my iPod via iTunes option, which doesn't seem to do anything!

Are the problems because of iTunes 8? Will they be solved with an older version of iTunes?

2) Fortunately I've backed up my purchased albums to CD, but as my new comp's a laptop it'll be a hassle to copy the files to USB and reimport - is there a way to re-download them from the iTunes store?

At the moment I'm seriously p**sed off with Apple and iTunes completely!

Thanks for any help & advice!

Andy

iPod 80Gb Classic/iTunes 8.0, Windows XP
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9
    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)
    SharePod Windows Only (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
    iPod2PC Windows Only
    iDump Windows Only
    iPodRip Mac & Windows
    YamiPod Mac and Windows
    Music Rescue Mac & Windows
    iPod Music Liberator Mac & 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)
    TouchCopy Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
  • andy1000 Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for that Zevoneer - I didn't want a lot of hassle (which has already happened!) but I used iDump and can say that it went very smoothly & successfully! Highly recommended

    Firstly I tried iPod2PC but once I'd installed it realised it only imported 50% of your tunes in trial version - FAIL!

    Has anybody got any tips on retrieving my puchased music, or should I dig out my back-up CD and transfer from my wife's machine via USB back into iTunes?

    And a question as an aside, but how can you remove the Genius sidebar in iTunes 8.0?

    Thanks,
    Andy
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9
    *Has anybody got any tips on retrieving my puchased music,*

    If the purchases are no longer on your iPod then restore them from your backup. iTunes only allows for one download: iTunes Store: Purchased content can be downloaded only once

    *And a question as an aside, but how can you remove the Genius sidebar in iTunes 8.0?*

    Click on the icon with the little arrow in it down in the right hand corner
  • andy1000 Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for that. Genius bar now removed! (not sure how I missed that button!)

    And looks like I'll have to transfer my downloads manually - I'm just glad I backed them up!

    Cheers,
    Andy
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9
    You're welcome, I'm glad you've got things sorted. Take care.