Believe it or not, transferring music from an iPod to a computer is probably easier than you think it is. Take a minute to check all your software and get your songs ready. Make sure that the latest updates have been installed if nothing else, this adds some quality of life changes that will make the other steps easier.
Transfer Music from iPod (Touch) to Computer
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Most of us store music in two places: on our computer and on our iPod or other MP3 player. But if your computer crashes indefinitely, all the music you hopefully purchased disappears along with it. So what's left? A handicapped iPod, as Apple restricts its gadgets to sync with one music library--any attempts to sync with a different computer will result in a deleted iPod. Naturally, there's a workaround. If you'd like to safely move songs from your iPod except the iPod Touch to any computer, follow these steps:. In the iPod management screen, scroll down to Options and check "Enable disk use. Step 2: Now your iPod will show up as a drive on your Desktop. But before you can access its files, download and install a program called Houdini. Houdini lets you view the music folder that's automatically hidden by Apple.
Prevent iTunes From Automatically Syncing With Your Device
Entertainment iPhone and iPad. It might still have old music on it that you no longer possess in any other form. To do so, you just need to consider your iPod as an external drive that you can take music from. Once extracted from the iPod, you can add music to your iTunes library and even sync it with your iPhone. When you connect a device to iTunes, the music in your iTunes library is automatically synced to your device.
When iTunes introduced its version 7, they included a feature that makes it much simpler to transfer music from your iPod to a new or different computer. While it was possible before, it was a hassle to find a way to copy the music from your iPod to the computer. With the new backup feature it's a breeze to recreate your iTunes library. Confirm that your iPod is configured to enable disk use.