12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 29, 2009 10:21 PM by Pentool
gonzobrains Level 1 (0 points)
I recently purchased a new iPod and MacBook. The MacBook was stolen and I had to buy a new one. I have a lot of music and photos on the iPod I would like to recover and copy back to the MacBook. However, the iTunes says it will delete everything. I want it to sync everything from the iPod and continue with that data.

How can I do this?

Thanks,
gonzobrains

MacBook, iPhone OS 3.1.2, Have MacBook and Windows-based PC
  • roaminggnome Level 10 (95,032 points)
    Where is your backup?

    The ipod touch will sync photos/music/videos/apps with only one computer at a time.

    If for some reason you have failed to maintain a backup you cant transfer itunes purchases:

    Before syncing: File>Transfer purchases.

    You can e-mail yourself the photos.

    You could try a 3rd party app (not supported not endorsed by Apple).
  • gonzobrains Level 1 (0 points)
    I did not buy anything from iTunes. I just copied music from my own cd's. I also have photos. They are all on the iPod now. I don't have any backups. This is my first time using iTunes. I didn't have the computer long enough to learn anything before it was stolen.

    I just want to copy the photos and songs I have on the iPod back to my new MacBook.
  • roaminggnome Level 10 (95,032 points)
    Sorry about your computer.

    You should always backup your info/music/pics/docs/etc.

    The ipod music and photo sync is one way - computer to ipod.

    Again, you can e-mail yourself the photos.

    You could try a 3rd party program at your risk.
  • gonzobrains Level 1 (0 points)
    Okay thanks, mom.

    I know about making backups. But that's not my point. I find it disappointing that I cannot sync my data both ways. Here I have gigabytes of data sitting right here on my iPod and no way to natively copy it back to my new computer without purchasing third-party software. Every other mobile device I have ever owned let's you easily copy back to a computer. Just plug it in, mount it, and there you go.

    Emailing each individual photo is ridiculous.
  • roaminggnome Level 10 (95,032 points)
    You're welcome, child.

    "backups. But that's not my point. I find it disappointing that I cannot sync my data both ways."

    O.K. It still is the way it is.

    "Here I have gigabytes of data sitting right here on my iPod and no way to natively copy it back to my new computer without purchasing third-party software."

    Yes, this is true.

    "Every other mobile device I have ever owned let's you easily copy back to a computer. Just plug it in, mount it, and there you go."

    As you now know, this is not the case with the ipod touch.

    You asked how and I told you that you cannot without 3rd party software. What is it that you want?

    Simply maintaining a backup (basic) would solve the issue.
  • Patddfan Level 1 (35 points)
    well, my backup is gone. the drive just died on me right now! what do I do about that one?
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 (25,440 points)
    click here for another app that may be of interest. there's a winsloth version available, too.
  • life is random Level 2 (375 points)
  • yukialbany Level 1 (65 points)
    Roaminggnome,

    Since I had the same problem of losing my music due to a reinstallation of X.6.2, I did not appreciate your 'know-it-all' response to GonzoBrains. Like GonzoBrains I get all of my music from CD's exported to iTunes.

    Time Machine helped restore only the songs I got through iTunes. Before I began (once again) the CD to iTunes process -- I happened to log out and log back in using an old username. All my songs were still in iTunes! SO I took Roaminggnone's 'belittling' advice and made a back up onto 5 CD's. I then logged back using the other username and restored itunes with the songs.

    I agree with Roaminggnome -- back up iTunes!
  • Paul Whishaw1 Level 2 (470 points)
    The thing I hate most about this system is that one cannot even get one's own content off an iPod. I was in Russia and was trying to get a video that I shot and edited myself to a client and I could not get it off. The original was on my tower back in Canada. EXTREMELY annoying. Apple's overly draconian attempt to enforce copyright, whether it exists or not.
  • Patddfan Level 1 (35 points)
    thanks! that article was very interesting!
  • Pentool Level 1 (15 points)
    Use this FREE utility to transfer music/photos from iTouch/iPhone:
    http://www.getsharepod.com/