8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2010 4:38 PM by Andy30104
arcane1977 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I recently had to get a new computer and so I lost alot of my music files.
I have them on my ipod though, how do I transfer music to my iphone 4 as I would like to have some tunes on my phone too?

I have both devices hooked to my pc and the itunes recognises them but i cannot transfer files, why?
do i have to transfer to my pc first then to my phone?
i don't even know how to transfer to my pc.

Help!
thanks

iOS 4
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    You transfer music to an iPhone in the same way the music was transferred to your iPod - via the iTunes sync process. The iPhone includes an iPod. You can't transfer iTunes content direct from one iPod to another. It has been this way since day one with the first iPod.

    Why would getting a new computer cause you to lose any music or any data that was available on your old computer?

    iTunes includes an option to transfer iTunes content that was purchased/downloaded from the iTunes store from an iPod or iPhone, but this is for iTunes content that was purchased/downloaded from the iTunes store only.

    First you need to authorize your new computer with your iTunes account with iTunes. With your iPod connected and without syncing, at the iTunes menu bar go to File and select Transfer Purchases From - the name of your iPod.
  • arcane1977 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I lost most of my files due to virus and so lost the use of my pc.
    So I have my current music files on my iPod and want to transfer to my iphone which i just got.

    I have been connecting to itunes but every time i want to select a song to transfer to my iphone it just alerts me that the file doesnt exist.

    I will try as you advise and see what happens.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Another Microsoft tax. Why so many accept and put up with that is beyond me even after paying for antivirus software year after year after year. You should dump that swiss cheese for security garbage the first chance you get.

    Your iTunes library should be included with your computer's backup along with all other important data stored on an external drive or some other external media used for backup purposes only. This is important regardless the platform but a number 1 priority with Windows due to a Microsoft tax - constant virus, adware, and spyware concerns.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1751

    This link includes instructions for consolidating your iTunes library. Give that a try to see if it finds the music files on your computer's hard drive that are missing from your iTunes library.
  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,860 points)
    I lost most of my files due to virus and so lost the use of my pc.


    And you never backed up the files on your computer in preparation for the inevitable virus?

    Just because your computer gets a virus doesn't mean you have to buy a new one.
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (92,450 points)
    "I lost most of my files due to virus and so lost the use of my pc."

    This is one of the many reasons that it has always been very basic to always maintain a backup copy of your computer ( files/docs/music/pics/etc.) Just use your backup copy to put everything back.

    If for some reason you have failed to backup ( not good), then you can transfer itunes purchases from an ipod: File>Transfer Purchases
  • arcane1977 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    back up, yes, yes, I know, i always say "i must do a back up", but i always forget....i know...at my loss

    I will rephrase.. i didn't buy a whole new pc, sorry, I had to reformat as i kept getting the blue screen of death!

    I will try all that everyone has advised.
    Hope it works!
  • Andy :] Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    arcane1977 wrote:
    back up, yes, yes, I know, i always say "i must do a back up", but i always forget....i know...at my loss

    I will rephrase.. i didn't buy a whole new pc, sorry, I had to reformat as i kept getting the blue screen of death!

    I will try all that everyone has advised.
    Hope it works!



    Hi and welcome to Apple friendly forum

    Dont worry arcane1977. If your music is still on the iPod, you can use this program call "Sharepod" that let you transfer iPod ---> computer. After that you can use iTunes to sync to your iPhone

    http://www.getsharepod.com/

    Enjoy your magical iPhone
  • Andy30104 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Oh FYI, download and install Microsoft Security Essentials from Microsoft.com. It's free and really works well. It doesn't eat your system resources like other products like Norton do. And there is always ways of getting files of dead computers unless the hard disk is physically damaged.