6887 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 19, 2009 4:59 AM by Richard76
1). Connect your iPod to your new 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.
2). When your iPod appears in the iTunes source list change the update setting to manual, that will let you continue to use your 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
3). Once you are connected and your iPod is safely in manual mode there are a few things you can do to restore your iTunes from the iPod. iTunes will only let you copy your iTunes Store purchases directly from an iPod to the computer, you'll find details in this article: Copying iTunes Store purchases from your iPod or iPhone to a computer
For everything else (music from CDs, other downloads and including iTunes purchased songs and in some cases, videos and games) 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. You can read reviews and comparisons of some of them here:
Wired News - Rescue Your Stranded Tunes
Comparison of iPod managers
A selection of iPod to iTunes utilities:
TuneJack Windows Only (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
SharePod Windows Only (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
iPod2PC Windows Only
iDump Windows Only
YamiPod Mac and Windows
iPod Music Liberator Mac & Windows
Floola Mac & Windows
iPodRip Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
iPod Music Liberator Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
Music Rescue Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
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)
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
4). 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.
5). 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: Back up your iTunes library by copying to an external hard drive
Thank you for the detailed explanation Zevoneer. I have been reviewing each of the 3rd party choices but before I proceed I just want to make sure I am on the right track. Here is my situation (excerpt from another post elsewhere):
Wow...where to begin. My laptop crashed forcing me to reinstall Win XP Pro. I had been syncing both my iPod and iPhone 3G and also made a copy of all my iTunes music files and put it on my external HD for safe keeping. I have now downloaded and installed iTunes on my newly rebuilt laptop but I am unsure on how I should progress from here.
My understanding is that if I just copy all of my music files back over from my external HD to my new, empty iTunes, it will not preserve playlists, ratings etc. I also have a version of Tune Aid, which I used to recover my daughters Touch music, but this will only cover music (not movies, podcasts, etc.)
To compound my problem, I was also syncing my iPhone 3G before the crash and I want to make sure all my purchased software programs are not lost in this process (they are still on my iPhone right now).
I have heard that there are other programs available that can recover pretty much anything on your iPod and copy it back into iTunes. So I am thinking that this might be the best approach. First, buy a good program that will take everything from my iPod and move it back into my new, blank iTunes program. Then, once this has been set up and is syncing properly with my iPod, introduce my iPhone into the mix.
First of all, am I on the right track? And if so, does anyone have any experience with any good programs that can handle the above. Cost is not really an issue if it works. And lastly, when I connect my iPhone to my new iTunes for the first time, will it automatically sync all of my purchased programs from my phone back into iTunes?
Any assistance with this nightmare will be greatly appreciated.
I experiences exactly what you are going through. In my opinion, CopyTrans is the way to go.
Firstly (a more recent reason) because it is the only application out there that support OS 3 last time I checked. So if you upgraded your devices then there really isn't any other solution.
CopyTrans will recover your playlists, artwork, ratings, playcounts and all music meta tags. It will also transfer purchased tracks, video, tv-shows, podcasts, ...
You will find more info here: www.copytrans.net, looks like their customers are happy!