Copy your iPod library to another computer!

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  1. Hazed

    Hazed Retired Moderator

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    Hey all,

    I was recently asked if it was possible to transfer your iPod's music library to a computer. I decided to give it a go, as I have recently formatted my PC and needed my music back anyway.

    So follow these simple steps and you will be able to transfer your entire iPod music library to any computer you wish.

    1. Your going to want to download and install Total Commander and the T-Pot plugin to enable fast USB transfer to/from your iPod. Click here for the tutorial
    2. Once done, open up Total Commander and go to your iPod's file system
    3. Then browse to var/mobile/Media/iTunes_Control/Music/ (var/root/Media/iTunes_Control/Music/ if your on 1.1.2 or below)
    4. Inside your going to see a lot of folders, just drag them all across to your computers music folder (or wherever you keep your iTunes library)
    5. Once complete (It may take 10 minutes or so) open up iTunes and go to File -> Add Folder to Library and choose the folder containing all of those copied folders
    6. Let it work it's magic, and if you have enabled iTunes to organize your music for you (under Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced) your music will have been added to your iTunes library and will be fully organised and renamed
    7. Your done!

    Hope this helps a few people!

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    Updated: 16/05/2008
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  2. nclaxmiddy11

    nclaxmiddy11 Active Member

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    Good guide. I already knew how to do this but it's good for anyone that doesn't.
  3. 1god1king

    1god1king New Member

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    Dido very nice
  4. Apple Guy

    Apple Guy Well-Known Member

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    Nice guide!
  5. xs220

    xs220 New Member

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    Nice guide!

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    i am going to want this.
  6. Weedeater Deluxe

    Weedeater Deluxe New Member

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    Copying Whole iTouch Drive -Root and main drive

    I mounted the iTouch thru AFP and searched thru the network botton. Set Permissions to write/read. then select all the files and copy over. it is taking a bit casue the network is crowded.

    Does anyone know how to make this into a restore. or do I have to restore it. then copy over the existing drive.

    Please let me know..

    Aaron

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  7. Rdude

    Rdude Member

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    Couldnt you just do this through winscp and ssh or shh or whatever the right name is? I will try it and confirm it tomorrow.
  8. hypnotiza23

    hypnotiza23 Member

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    I already have my music copied to my computer, but I don't have any of my playlists.
    Does this method copy the playlists from the iPod too?
    If this doesn't, does anyone know of a free program that works with Vista that imports playlists?
  9. Weedeater Deluxe

    Weedeater Deluxe New Member

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    I got most of it copied then it quit. Said download cound not complete.
    I beleive the AFP is like SSH. I may use transit to try next.
    I use a MAC I think the program you refered to was for PC.

    I want to image this.
    Can it be mounted and then restored?
    A
  10. bard1290

    bard1290 New Member

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    yes you could use this, however it will take a very long time because data transfer is much slower through ssh than ftp. speeds vary greatly, but almost always FTP will be faster than ssh

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