8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 24, 2006 10:12 PM by Neuroticalchick
hbaker4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My old computer crashed and I lost everything. When I plug my ipod in to my new computer it ask if I want to replace the music on my ipod with the music on my new computer (right now there is no music on here). Is there a way I can bring my music from my ipod to my new computer? Thanks

Dell Inspiron E1505, Windows XP Pro
  • star123tina Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Just plug in your ipod and copy all you music in your ipod to you new computer,open iTunes and it should copy automatically.
  • Gretad123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem...First time I tried, it deleted all of the files off my ipod because the library didn't have anything on it. I freaked. I got the files back on to the old laptop, but want everything sync'd to the new one instead. How do I copy the files from the ipod to the computer??? What steps am I missing? What should I watch out for? What makes it easier? Thanks for your help.
  • hbaker4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It won't let me copy the music from my Ipod.
  • spazattack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    my computer crashed also and all my songs are now on my ipod. i would like to transfer my music but it asks if i'd like to replace the songs, which i dont want to do. has anyone figured it out? when i try to copy it, it asks if i want to compensate my files??
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    You can't sync your music back from an iPod to iTunes, the transfer of music is designed by default to be one way from iTunes to iPod. However there are a number of third party utilities that you can use to retrieve the files from your iPod, this is just a selection. Have a look at the web pages and documentation for these, they are generally quite straightforward.

    iPod Access Mac and Windows Versions
    YamiPod Mac and Windows Versions
    PodUtil Mac and Windows Versions
    iPodCopy Mac and Windows Versions
    PodPlayer Windows Only
    PodPlus Windows Only

    There is also a manual method of accessing the iPod's hard drive on Windows and retrieving your songs posted in this thread: MacMuse - iPod to iTunes

    If you are using the iPod in manual update mode, your iPod is safe from being accidentally erased when you connect to an empty iTunes after reinstalling your operating system. However if your iPod is set to automatically update you will get a message that your iPod is linked to a different library and asking if you want to link to this one and replace all your songs etc, press *No*. Pressing "Yes" will irretrievably remove all songs from your iPod. Your iPod should appear in the iTunes source list from where you can change the update setting to manual.

    You can also use a keyboard command to prevent your iPod auto-syncing with iTunes. While connecting the iPod to the computer on Windows hold down the Shift + Ctrl keys (on a Mac hold down the Option and Command (⌥ and ⌘) keys). This will stop the iPod from auto-syncing with iTunes and the iPod will appear in the source list. Wait until you are sure the iPod has mounted, and that it will not auto sync and then you can let the keys go. This may take between 20 to 30 seconds depending on your computer. Then go to Preferences>iPod and check the "Manually manage songs and playlists" box: Managing Your Songs Manually

    Whichever of these retrieval methods you choose, keep your iPod in manual mode until you have reloaded your iTunes and you are happy with your playlists etc then it will be safe to return it auto-sync again.
  • gston Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    how exactly do you do the copying process to put the ipod library onto the empty itunes?
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    Read the links above, the utilities all have documentation explaining what to do, each will be slightly different. In the link describing the manual method there is a full set of instructions on how to do that.
  • Neuroticalchick Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yeah, i've been trying to get songs from my iPod to my new computer- the old one is finito- and it's reading my iPod and listing all the things I have on it. The computer is even reading it like a disk. But when I try to open it, all it does it try to to install iTunes again. I've tried right clicking it, enabling viewing of hidden files, and opening it, but all it does is show me install things. The music's still on there, it shows up on iTunes