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Recovering music that wasn't backed up.

179 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 19, 2013 1:48 AM by Hemiolia RSS
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Mar 18, 2013 6:44 PM

Okay guys -


My MacBook Pro recently got stolen and I hadn't Time Machined it in a few weeks (maybe a month tops...) so it'll be easy to recover about 99% of my music library through time machine. There is definitely some music that was not backed up - some of which was iTunes purchased, some wasn't.


My thought is that when I restore my replacement MacBook Pro my ipod will be recognized and will ask if I wanted to add the music on my iPod that isn't on my computer to the computer... However I could be wrong, lol.


Any suggestions on whether my thoughts are true. Orrrrr any way to make sure I recover this music.


The iPod is up to date from up to 10 hours before the theft, so at least that's an upside so all the music is in my possession in some way.


Any help from you fine people would be awesome!



MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Hemiolia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 1:48 AM (in response to isean413)

    WHO YOU CALLIN YOU PEOPLE?!  hehe just kidding


    I answered another question that is remotely similar to yours.  From all the reading I have done, iTunes does a great job of transferring music *TO* your iPod but is extremely restrictive of transferring music in the opposite direction.  iTunes does not have a way to do what you are asking.


    I used a program called xPort that extracted all the music on my iPod which put it in a neat little folder at which point, you can tell iTunes to add the contents of this folder into your library on your new MacBook (which btw did you get it replaced?).  Anyway xPort was free to download and use.  Just do a Google search for it.


    I don't know if I am violating Apple TOS by pointing you to a site that has helped me with this very subject but it's worth reading - if for no other reason to give you good information about the mechanics of how iTunes works "under the hood":



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