I attempted to back up my old iPod, but in File - Library - back up to disk, it's asking for 15 disks! I can't just back up to the PC/ext HDD that I can see.
That backing up your iTunes library, not your iPod. You can backup up your library by:
First you have to get Itunes to see the iPod. See the following. Notupdating your iPod iOS has nothing to do with it.
You can transfer iTune spurchases from the iPod to the computer by:
You can also redownload iTunes purchases by:
For other music yo will need a thrid-party progtam like one of those discussed here:
Is this a brand new ipod Touch? What version of iTunes does it require (see the side of the box)? Possibly iTunes 10.7 if brand new, or 10.6.3 if slightly new. If you are running an older version of iTunes you will have to update to the minimum version required.
Updating iTunes should not cause any files to be lost but it is always a good idea to back up first. Forget about trying to do that to DVDs or CDs unless you have a tiny iTunes library. To back up to an external hard drive the easiest thing to do is drag your whole iTunes library in you Home > Music folder to an external drive (make sure you have sufficient room).
Thanks both! I think I need to do this one step at a time, and the first thing I need to do is to back up my old iPod. I'm using windows xp, if that makes any difference.
I've seen a video online explaining how to move files from the iPod to the PC and it involves unhiding files and transferring them over, instead of downloading a piece of software. Is this a reliable way of backing up my files?
I have 2000+ songs on my iPod and don't think I have them backed up anywhere so really need to sort this part first!
Some of my music is just on the iPod, some is on both the iPod and the PC. How do I avoid duplications?
Yes, it is a brand new iPod touch, the box says it needs 10.7 or later. I haven't updated iTunes yet, I was going to do that after I'd backed up my old iPod.
Thank you again!