5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2005 2:46 PM by Jeff*
daisyplaid Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
Hi, I just got a new computer and downloaded itunes. I'd like to copy the music from my shuffle to itunes, but I get a msg saying that my shuffle is related to another computer (my old one.)

How do I get the songs from my old computer to the new one? Can I transfer them from the shuffle to the new itunes? Can I email them to myself somehow?

  • Lincoln Ramsay Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
    While it is possible to recover music from an iPod, it is not trivial or straight forward (and Apple would prefer you to think it is not possible). If you have copies of the music on your new computer you should just allow it to take over the shuffle.

    If you do not have copies of the music on the new computer, the easiest thing to do is copy them onto the shuffle in Disk Mode (ie. from Finder/Explorer) rather than in iTunes. To do this you will first need to remove the songs from the iPod in iTunes. This also makes the music unplayable on the iPod (because it doesn't know the music is there).

    If you do not have access to the old computer anymore and you also don't have the music on your new computer then you'll need to recover the music from the iPod itself.

    I strongly doubt Apple would approve of such instructions being posted on this forum so you should try googling for it. As a last resort, you can email me directly (ramsay.webhop.org).
  • daisyplaid Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Hi, thank you for the info. I understand your instructions and will give them a try, and do the google search if I come up short. I appreciate you taking the time to help!

    Wish me luck.
  • Peggy Anderson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a dilemma sort of like this. I have a PC desktop and a PowerBook. Most of my music is on the PC in Musicmatch. If I use the shuffle in Disk Mode, will the songs transfer from one operating system to the other?
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,815 points)
    An iPod shuffle in Disk mode works like any other USB Flash drive would, so you can copy any files from your system to it and then to another computer just as you would with a normal Flash drive.

    But if any of the tracks on your PC are ones you bought through MusicMatch, they're in a format that can only be played in the PC version of Windows Media Player. The only way to get those into a Mac would be to burn the tracks to an audio CD from your PC (if the service allows it) and then import the resulting CD into your PowerBook.