Humans from the time immemorial have developed a peculiar taste for music or in that case, a lot of music. The trend has been passed on to us and it is no surprise that each person has his own idiosyncratic collection of music. As it happens, usually all of our music is stored either on system or on iPod and it really is a night mare if any of them crashes, especially if this happens to your computer. If, unfortunately this happens you loose all the Music that you have purchased and thus it leaves you with only one option to use your secondary music storage device iPod to transfer music back to computer. Apple has given many options which allow users to copy music from a Mac or a PC to an iPod but no information is provided about the vice versa. They have justified this shortcoming that the only reason to copy music from an iPod to an computer is to distribute it illegally which adequately disrespects music lovers and in turn is a shame on Apple’s part.
So in this article we will helpyou to copy music from your iPod to a Mac or a PC.
Copy Music from iPod to Mac Computer.
Step1 : Connect your iPod and launch iTunes . Scroll don to options in the iPod management screen, check “Enable disk use.” which will leave you with a iTunes warning and an OK button. Select OK.
Step2: Now your iPod will be seen as a Drive on the desktop. Before going into the drive you should know that Apple keeps music folder hidden as a security measure which can be accessed by a software called Houdini.
Step 3: Open Houdini, click “Folders,” and then “Reveal.” Locate your iPod, and open “iPod_controls.” Highlight “Music,” and press Choose.
Step 4: Now when you are in your iPod folder open iPod_Controls and then Music. Now you are actually ready to copy you music from iPod to Mac. Just highlight the folders and drag them to desired location. Copying might take some time depending on how much music you have on your iPod.
Note: Once you have copied these files you will notice your files renamed to 4 letter words and scattered among many folders. This is OK! because it will be restored once you import the music into iTunes (or any other media player), and the program will reinstate the titles of the songs.
Copy Music From iPod to PC
Step1: Connect your iPod to PC and if iTunes starts Syncing process stop it immediately by hitting the X button located at the right corner of the iTunes window.
Step 2: Now go to Your iPod devices which is located Control Panel> Portable Media Devices. Double click on your iPod device.
Step 3: In the Tools menu go-to Options, in the View Tab, and check “Show hidden files and folders.”
Step 4: Navigate to the Music folder. On an 2nd gen ‘pod, the full path is:
Portable Media Devices\GINA’S IPOD (F:)\iPod_Control\Music
Step 5: Copy the files and folders to desired location and you are done.
Note: Once you have copied these files you will notice your files renamed to 4 letter words and scattered among many folders. This is OK! because it will be restored once you import the music into iTunes (or any other media player), and the program will reinstate the titles of the songs. Also, you can go-to iTunes Edit menu>>choose Preferences and in the Advanced tab>>check “Keep iTunes Music Folder organized.” to arrange your newly transferred music by artists and albums.