3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 7, 2008 4:30 AM by Jo in Oz
patti s. Level 1 (0 points)
I lost my original library when my computer crashed. It has since been fixed and I downloaded a newer version of iTunes and have not been able to sync my iPod with the new version. I get a messeage telling me I am already sync'd with a different library and if I choose to sync with this new one all in the old will be lost. Am I misunderstanding this message or understanding it correctly? If I sync with the new library will it copy my music off my ipod and create a new library or will I end up losiong everything? This is driving me crazy. Can anyone help me? Please???

thank-you in advance

dv6258se entertainment notebook, Windows Vista
  • Zevoneer 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 and iPhone

    Once you are safely connected there are a few things you can do to restore your iTunes from the iPod. 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)

    If you have any iTunes Music Store purchases the transfer of purchased content only 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:
  • patti s. Level 1 (0 points)
    Just wanted to let you know that you are my saving grace. Used iPod2PC and I now have all my music copied back into iTunes.

    Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!!
  • Jo in Oz Level 1 (0 points)
    I was also in the same unfortunate position and I used the Music Rescue software. I chose it because I could transfer all of the songs from my ipod to the comp for free. It says it has a nagging popup in the trial version- but to be honest it only comes up every 50 songs so if you dont have a big library its not that much of a bother. I was going to use the ipod2pc but that said only 50% of the music would be copied and a licence would be needed for the second half. I dont know what the others were like but this seems to have solbed my problems. Cheers for the help.