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JayBeast Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 19, 2012 8:51 PM

I recently got a new MacBook (My first one ) but the problem is my old PC crashed and I lost all of my songs that were on that computer. The only songs I have left are on my iPhone. Is there anyway I could simply transfer the songs on my iPhone to my new MacBook? of course, when I go to "sync" my phone to my new iTunes, which is my old account, it says that everything will be erased and what is in my new iTunes library (which is empty) will be transfered to my phone.

 

Please help!!!! I am still learning this MacBook so please forgive my stupidity! Go Team Apple!

  • eplefrikk Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi JayBeast,

     

    I don't think there's any way of doing what you want in iTunes, unfortunately. (They were probably afraid of pirating.) So if you have a backup of your old machine, the easiest might be to get the files from that. If you don't, however, I know there's a lof of programs that can copy music and other files from an iPhone to a Mac. I haven't used any of them, but google a bit, and I'm sure you will find plenty.

     

    You can see if you find anything in Apple's app store, but I doubt it, since this is a functionality Apple doesn't really want you do have. Macupdate.com is a good place to look for Mac software – they have a good review system.

  • eplefrikk Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I wouldn't think so, no.

     

    Have a look at this thread for software options

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,010 points)

    Re-downloading all your purchased music (apps, ibooks, videos, everything) is easy if you purchased them from Apple. Assuming they are still available, you simply download them again: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2519

     

    Retrieving music that you copied from CD or other sources is not easy. Music is supposed to go from your computer to the iPhone, not the other way around. Moving its content to a computer is contrary to the design.

     

    I wish I had a dollar for everyone with a Windows PC who asked this question. Given their predilection for attracting viruses and other sordid malware, Windows PCs crash with disturbing regularity. Now that you made the wise decision to replace it with a MacBook, get an external backup disk (external hard disk drive, or Time Capsule) and simply use Time Machine. Plug it in and Time Machine does the rest. The drudgery of backing up your system becomes painless and totally forgettable, and recovering from a crash becomes a non-event.

     

    Here is some guidance retrieved from an old post. Since it is old, some of the links may not work:

     

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    For everything else (music from CDs, other downloads etc) 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:
    iTunes & iPod software
    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

     


    MacBooks  iMacs  iPods  AirPorts, Mac OS X (10.7.3),  27 years Apple!
  • qkdman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Use this...I think it helps 

    iSkysoft FreeSync for Mac

     

    just google it

  • Mojicaer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Now lots of apps can help you transfer music from iPhone 4S to the new MacBook, like, it's able to transfer music, video, photo, tv shows, podcast etc from iPhone to Mac computer or iTunes.

     

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  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,140 points)

    Or, you can enable automatic downloads of purchased media in iTunes and maintain a Time Machine backup of all your personal data. iPods and iOS devices are not backup or storage devices.

  • Thornsport Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you still have your old iTunes from the computer you were using before, you can back up from that iTunes, and then import into your new computer. You can back up to disk, that's what I've used a few times, it's easy to do, but it takes awhile.

     

    You could also opt for the very easy but costly method of buying a program such as Senuti. I bought it awhile back when my computer crashed but I still had all my music, playlists, ratings etc. on my iPhone.

     

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  • WordBell Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you purchased music off from your iphone itunes music store, you can simply transfer purchases. Connect your iphone to your new MBP, right click on your device and transfer purchases.

     

    Another option: Search Google.

     

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  • Klainrelli Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Have you tried this: 

    http://download.cnet.com/Xilisoft-iPhone-Transfer/3000-18551_4-10957926.html 

    Can't recommend as I haven't tried it myself, but found in a Google search.  

    Good luck.

  • colisonkent Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Klainrelli wrote:

     

    Have you tried this: 

    http://www.iphone-mac.com/transfer-iphone-music-video-to-mac.html

    Can't recommend as I haven't tried it myself, but found in a Google search.  

    Good luck.

    Connect your iPhone to your Mac computer

    A box should pop up

    Click "transfer music" and it should transfer all your music.

    If u downloaded it from the internet it might not transfer it b/c the music isn't authorized by iTunes.

  • Kayla6277 Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)

    If the harddrive in your old computer still works you could connect it to your macbook and simply copy the files... just because windows is busted doesn't mean all data is busted.

     

    You would need a harddrive docking station, it turns your internal hd into an external hd, you connect it via USB.

  • dffd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, almost every iPhone user would meet this problem, the fastest and easiest way is to use an iPhone to Mac transfer to help, and there are really many apps we can choose. And I think you can try [B]Amacsoft iPhone to Mac transfer[/B], it's pretty good! You can read this how to transfer iPhone music to Mac guide to know more. Good luck!

     

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  • Bellaniel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    colisonkent wrote:

     

    Klainrelli wrote:

     

    Have you tried this: 

    http://www.iphone-mac.com/transfer-iphone-music-video-to-mac.html

    Can't recommend as I haven't tried it myself, but found in a Google search.  

    Good luck.

    Connect your iPhone to your Mac computer

    A box should pop up

    Click "transfer music" and it should transfer all your music.

    If u downloaded it from the internet it might not transfer it b/c the music isn't authorized by iTunes.

    I'm not sure what to do when you have Windows Vista, but for Mac users, I just linked my iPhone to my macbook using my USB cable and was able to authorize my computer to receive downloaded files from the itunes store via icloud.  You will be prompted through this process if you both of your devices are signed into icloud. I then had to download the songs on my computer in itunes via icloud.

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