How To Get Music Off your iPod

39

iTunes LogoApple’s iPod is the most popular media player on the planet and together with the iTunes software and music store command almost 90% of the market for digital music and music players.

With the amount of money at stake, it is not a surprise that Apple likes to maintain tight control over the iTunes/iPod ecosystem. For example, officially the only way to manage music on an iPod is to use the iTunes software. And even then music can only be copied from the computer to the iPod, not the other way round.

If your computer crashes or you happen to change your computer, you’re out of luck as far as your music is concerned, since iTunes won’t let you copy it back.

Unless you follow this guide and do as I tell you to.

There are two ways to go get all your music off your iPod. One method involves using third party software to get the data that you want and the second method involves using what you already have, Windows. We’ll be talking about the second method today.

If you want any of the two method to work, though, Click Cancel on the message that pops up as soon as you connect the iPod to the computer.

iTunes

Now, select the iPod in iTunes and make sure that the “Manually Manage music and videos” and “Enable disk use” options are checked.

iTunes - enable disk use

You should now be able to see your iPod as a removable disk in My Computer. If it doesn’t show up, you might have to manually eject and then reconnect the iPod to the computer.

Make sure you have enabled the option to view hidden files and folders on your computer. If you’re using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, the option is tucked under My Computer -> Organize -> Folder and Search Options. Look under the view tab.

Enable viewing hidden files and folders

Now, on the iPod, Browse over to the iPod_Control folder and you will see a folder named, well, Music. This is where iTunes stores all your music files, under the various folders that you see here.

iPod Music folder

The only problem with this scheme is that since iTunes likes to give all the media files encrypted names that only iTunes understands, you won’t be able to look at the files and find that one track that you were looking for.

But, the good thing is that the metadata is all there so if you’d copy these tracks back to your computer and import them back to iTunes, you’ll be able to recognize the songs easily.

How do you guys copy music off your iPods ?

Sharninder:
Programmer, blogger and a geek making a living shifting bits around the Internet. Sharninder is the owner of Geeky Ninja

Related Posts :

Tags: , ,

39 Responses

  1. totolastname says:

    yamipod

  2. Namit Karlekar says:

    gtkpod

  3. I always had trouble getting music of my iPod. This should make things a lot easier. Thanks for sharing

  4. Britt says:

    I followed all of these directions, but my iTouch shows up under my computer as a digital camera under portable devises for some reason. when i click on it it goes to a folder that says “internal storage” but doesn’t show all of these folders. I’ve had to do this before with my old ipod and my old computer, but i now have an iTouch and a new computer with Windows 7. Do you know what I can do to fix this?

    • aoifetuna says:

      having the same issue,
      have u had any luck yet

      • Sharninder says:

        The iPod Touch is a very different beast so I’m not sure if these instructions will directly apply to it. Is your iPod touch jailbroken ? I don’t have an iPod Touch but I’d guess that you’ll need to jailbreak it to follow these instructions.

  5. alyssa says:

    thank you sooo much! i was actually crying because i thought id lost all of my music! u saved my ipod!!!

  6. erika says:

    hi, i did this but when i select the folder that i saved all the music from the ipod to and tell itunes to import music from that folder, nothing happens! any tips? thanks!

    • nekotee says:

      mine did that to so I just opend each folder selected all the songs and pulle them over to itunes worked for me.

  7. Zac says:

    the process worked fine, but the music in my iTunes could not be played after my iPod was disconnected. suggestions?

    • Sharninder says:

      Are you sure you copied the correct files ? They should all be regular MP3 files and iTunes should not have any problems playing them. Can you play them using another media player such as VLC ?

  8. molly says:

    ok so i get my ipod connected and when i look in the my computer the ipod isnt showing up the only thing it says is the dvd drive? please help!

  9. The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important.

  10. Madam Hardcore says:

    Thanks so Much! All the other sites didnt have anything for windows 7! This is great!
    =D

  11. melanielost says:

    ok i cant get this to work at all ive got windows 7 and all that but i cant get it to transfer i plug it it in and hit cancel and then whenever i make it manually managa it kicks my device out of the “removable device” thing im super confused on how to get this to work?

  12. brayden says:

    so my laptop just crashed and all my music is on there.. i need my music and my trailerpark boys. so if i do what you said to do up there i will have all of my music and TPB and i can sync my ipod onto the new computer? correct?

  13. Daniel says:

    Just a update to this which is handy.

    1. Open your iPod, navigate to that hidden Music folder.
    2. Select all the folders F00-F99 etc,
    3. Right-click -> Properties -> Uncheck “Hidden” and then “Apply to selected folder only”.
    4. Go back one folder, select “Music” folder
    5. Right-click -> Properties -> Uncheck “Hidden” and then “Apply to selected folder only”.

    Now that these are unhidden, you can then go into iTunes -> Add Folder, then select this now visible Music folder. It will then add all the songs from your/friend’s iPod into your library.

    (make sure in your iTunes library preferences, you have checked “copy when adding to library”)

    • HappyIpod says:

      Thank you for this. after struggling i tried this and bam! my music started playing even with the Ipod disconnected from the computer. Thanks for being nice enough to share this.

    • HAPPY TUNER says:

      O HELL YEAH!!! FINALLY GOT IT TO WORK WITH THIS>>> THANKS BUDDY!

  14. Cabers says:

    Thanks a lot you saved me putting over 400 albums back onto my computer :)

  15. Rhiannon says:

    Thank you so much I tried something like this ages ago but had the problems of the weird file names but this has worked perfectly and the extra help for windows 7- fantastic!!

  16. AJ says:

    You’re a genius!!! Thank you thank you thank you!

  17. andrew says:

    Helped a lot. Thanks

  18. Cortney says:

    yeah it didnt work for me and i did everything but the ipod control folder is nowhere to be found.
    screw my new laptop

  19. gods child says:

    ummmm ok ill try wht u said cause somebody gave me a ipod with a camera on it and im triing to learn how to do it.!!!

  20. Hannah says:

    Thank you so much! the other website that i looked at was not for windows 7 but this one worked AMAZINGLY! thank you so much!

  21. Shanna Banana says:

    Thank You Thank You Thank You! I ended up trying to use 4 different sets of instructions to get my music off of my iPod onto my Laptop and Desktop Computers which both already have different sets of music…
    These were the only instructions I found that worked FIRST try!! Once again- Thank you, you saved my hair from being ripped out of my head!

  22. nekotee says:

    THANK YOU!! you have saved me so mch greif, abut tw years ago my usb containing years and years of my music (thousands of songs) broke and I lost (so I thought) everything. the thing is al my music was still lon my ipod but there was somthing not working right and i coundt use my ipod properly with itunes, I ust got a new laptop wth windows 7 and i guess the ipod liked it, anyway I decided to gve your tip a try and well. I am so HAPPY! I got all my, music back :D thank you so so so much!! orm l my heart!

  23. Ashley says:

    Thank you much, bro. I looked on a TON of different useless websites for hours with no luck, until stumbling upon this one. You saved my computer and Ipod from the usual “throwing against the wall until it works.” I appreciate it. :) Now I can enjoy my music in peace.

  24. Tracy says:

    PLEASE PLEASE ASSIST ME …..I HAVE GOT THE MUSIC FILE FROM IPOD TO COMPUTER AND HAVE SAVED IT TO DESKTOP. FROM THERE I CAN PLAY BUT
    I CANNOT SEE THE PLAYLISTS – SONGS IN ITUNES. I TRIED TO IMPORT FROM
    THE FILE ON THE DESKTOP, NO GOOD. THEN TRIED TO COPY TO ITUNES.

    THE IPOD USED TO WORK FINE WITH THE SAME COMPUTER WHICH WAS VISTA,
    BUT THEN LOADED WIN 7 AND IT WANTS TO SYNC. JUST DON’T WANT TO LOSE
    PLAYLISTS. DO I NOW PLUG INTO PC AND SYNC? WILL THE PLAYLIST RE APPEAR IN ITUNES SO I CAN CONTINUE SYNCING FROM ONE TO THE OTHER?
    THE MUSIC IS THE SAME JUST THE PLAYLISTS TOOK FOREVER TO CREATE.
    PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF I MUST NOW SYNC !!!! I EVEN PURCHASED MEDIA WIDGET BUT STILL DIDNT SEE PLAYLIST MUSIC FILES. IN ITUNES I CAN SEE
    THE LIST OF PLAYLISTS THAT WERE ON THE IPOD BUT WORRY CAUSE DONT
    SEE THE FILES. DESPARATE TO GET IT RIGHT.

    • Sharninder says:

      So you have all the music files, right? Create new playlists then. What’s the point of wasting time trying to figure out playlists. Delete everything in iTunes that doesn’t point to a music file and import music again.

  25. CadenceM says:

    So what do I do if the ipod never shows up under computers? i’m working with windows 7 too, but no matter what i’ve tried, it never pops up.

Leave a Reply

© 2014 Geeky Ninja. All rights reserved.
Proudly designed by Theme Junkie.