6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 10, 2014 12:45 PM by Nomso6614 Branched to a new discussion.
Mac_or_Nothing Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
Hello.
I had recently gotten a new iMac and wanted to sync my iPod Classic to it. Since I have probably 1000+ songs on it, which are all from CD's, I would hate to have to spend hours copying all the songs again. When I sync my iPod for the first time, all that shows up is either 'Cancel', 'Erase & Sync', or 'Transfer Purchases'. How can I transfer all non-purchased songs I have without having to copy them again? My old computer crashed, by the way, so copying it from there isn't an option.
Thanks for your help.

MacBook 250 GB, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2010 brand new
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    1). 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".

    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. There are a number of third party utilities that you can use to retrieve the music from CDs etc from your iPod. You can read reviews and comparisons of some of them here (you'll find that they have varying degrees of functionality and some will transfer movies, videos, photos and games as well):
    iTunes & iPod software
    Wired News - Rescue Your Stranded Tunes
    Comparison of iPod managers

    A selection of iPod to iTunes utilities:
    Senuti Mac Only (iPod Touch & iPhone compatible)
    expod Mac Only (iPod Touch & iPhone compatible)
    PodView Mac Only
    PodWorks Mac Only
    TuneAid Mac only (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
    YamiPod Mac & Windows
    iPod Music Liberator Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
    iPodRip Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
    iPod Music Liberator Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
    iGadget Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
    Floola Mac & Windows
    Music Rescue 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). 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
  • Mac_or_Nothing Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Hello.
    Thanks, this will definitely help me.
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    You're welcome, take care.
  • ArodynamicFalcn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    im having the same problem. however, i cant check the manual button without also checking the "sync music" box which will sync it with an empty library.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (40,170 points)

    Welcome to Apple Support Communities ArodynamicFalcn. I suggest you start a new topic with your question. Since this one has been marked as answered (and pertains to another person't question) it is unlikely anybody will check here for a third person's questions.  Generally if the solutions being suggested to another person don't work for you it is best to start your own topic to avoid confusion in who is helping whom.

  • Nomso6614 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hoe do i transfer unpurchased songs from my iphone 5 to my new mac probook?i have tried synchronizing but it only synchronized my purchased songs.I would be oblige if i can get a solution to this ASAP