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How do you backup your ipod music?

  1. Apr 23, 2012 #1
    Hi guys, I’m new here! Just wanna say hello and hope to gain some experience from you. I wanna download some new music but my ipod is almost running out of space. I really don’t wanna delete the old songs, so can I backup them to my computer? Do you have any experience?
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  3. Apr 23, 2012 #2
    Hi, I'm new also.

    Your computer will probably read your iPod's hard-drive as just a regular hard-drive, however, I think Apple intentionally designs it so you can't easily transfer your files directly unless you use iTunes, so you may have to use third-party software which I assume may be what you are really asking. I would try accessing it as a hard-drive, this may mean you will have to first disable iTunes. Otherwise, it should be an option under the iTunes equivalent of "File", but I'm now simply conjecturing beyond my conjectures.

    Sorry, I don't use Apple, so my incredibly vague suggestions may be of no use. I do think, though, that you should be able to access the iPod as a hard-drive, so long as it's not the iPod touch, to manually transfer your files.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012
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    Since this thread isn't a homework problem I am moving it to a more appropriate forum section.
  5. Apr 25, 2012 #4
    Well if you bought those songs on iTunes I think it’s easy to get them back, because they should be linked to your account so you can download them for free again.
    But if those music on your ipod are from other computers via itunes, you may not transfer them from ipod to pc because itunes can only transfer these fiels from itunes to your ipod touch. In that case you will need some other tools to do that. Google iPod Transfer and maybe you can find something useful.
  6. Apr 30, 2012 #5
    look for Copypod and idump
  7. Jun 8, 2012 #6
    Download iTunes from Apple's website. You can put all of your music in there. When you want to resync it, you should be able to selectively move the songs you want on your iPod so it does not go over its storage limit.
  8. Jun 11, 2012 #7
    All you need is itunes on your laptop. Back up you music files on portable HD etc.

    Now just plug in the ipod, select what you want on it, and the pc will switch your taste in music around!
  9. Jul 23, 2012 #8
    1. Connect your iPod, without launching iTunes .
    2. Open your iPod, right click and choose “Explore” then go to the control panel, Protable Media, and double-click your ipod .
    3. Go to Options (in the Tools menu), and on the View tab, check “Show Hidden Files and Folders”.
    4. Select songs and music and drop them to a folder on your hard drive.
    5. Go into iTunes Preferences, and under the Advanced tab, check “Keep iTunes Music Folder Organized” and “Copy files to iTunes Music Folder when adding to the library”
    6.Add your files ,select file in iTunes and add folder to library and and select the folder where you copied the files from your iPod.
    If above can’t help you ,search a page “how to backup iPod music on PC” or “how to backup iPod music on Mac” may give you guides .
  10. Jul 27, 2012 #9
    Go to this following web-site.Look to the lower left.
    You will find a solution for your problem.
  11. Jul 27, 2012 #10


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    I haven't bought one. I cannot figure out how to get the door open to insert my CDs.
  12. Oct 11, 2012 #11
    What kind of iPod do you have? If it's anything other than a Touch then how did you get the music on there is the first place? In any event, there are numerous software available that will allow you to copy over the music that's on your iPod on to you computer. DiskAid is one that comes to mind.
  13. Dec 19, 2013 #12
    You may try to transfer them via iTunes or iCloud.
  14. Dec 31, 2013 #13
    You can read the document from Apple here: https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3141
    Or you can read the thread here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4930527
    Hope the information can help you.
  15. Jun 17, 2015 #14
    Thanks for your guide, it works perfectly.
  16. Sep 8, 2015 #15
    Its better if you root it first with android root before you back up it. So it will backup fast.
  17. Sep 10, 2015 #16


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    lol --- root my ipod with Android Root. That's rich. Really getting some quality answers here.

    You can find the directory where itunes stores your music and copy it anywhere you want.

    For me, for example, my win7 machine has it at user/user/my music/itunes/itunes music

    In itunes you can delete music from your ipod but not from your itunes library. So you can cycle through the library any way you want.
  18. Apr 19, 2016 #17
    Coolmuster iPad iPhone iPod to PC Transfer is a good tool to transfer music from ipad to o computer directly.You can also use it transfer ios data to iTunes library easily and fast.
  19. May 9, 2016 #18
    I would strongly second that. Many many many (need I go on...) hours of frustration with iTunes led me to ditch it and use CopyTrans. Never looked back!!
  20. May 9, 2016 #19


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    You have to fold them just so. Those iDoohickeys are tiny.

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