3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 17, 2012 1:30 AM by CJ474
CJ474 Level 1 (0 points)

When I first got an iPod back in 2006 I didn't want to use up lots of memory on my PC with my music files, so I added my music collection and just used the iPod as a storage device.

 

For some reason, I can't remember why, I haven't upgraded iTunes as I was afraid of losing all my music when there was a particular update done to the software a few years ago.  I'm on iTunes 10.

 

When I plug in my new iPod touch, iTunes doesn't seem to recognise it.  I'm guessing that's because the software is old.

 

How can I move my music onto my new iPod without losing anything?  I'm afraid that if I just update to the latest iTunes that I'll lose my files.

 

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.

 

Thanks!

 

CJ


iPod touch
  • lllaass Level 10 (176,034 points)

    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:

    iTunes: Back up your iTunes library by copying to an external hard drive

     

    First you have to get Itunes to see the iPod. See the following. Notupdating your iPod iOS has nothing to do with it.

    iOS: Device not recognized in iTunes for Windows

    iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: Device not recognized in iTunes for Mac OS X

     

    You can transfer iTune spurchases from the iPod to the computer by:

    iTunes Store: Transferring purchases from your iOS device or iPod to a computer

    You can also redownload iTunes purchases by:

    iTunes Store: Transferring purchases from your iOS device or iPod to a computer.

    For other music yo will need a thrid-party progtam like one of those discussed here:

    newer copy

  • Limnos Level 8 (47,342 points)

    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).

  • CJ474 Level 1 (0 points)

    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!

     

    Chris