How do I transfer music from my iPod to a new computer, without losing the music I have?

I would like to transfer music from my iPod to a new computer, without losing the music I have on the iPod as well as the music that is already on the new computer. My old computer crashed, and my music is only on the iPod. I've already uploaded and purchased music on the new computer, that wasn't on my iPod before. I'm afraid to hook the two together, because I've heard you can loose music. Any ideas on what I can do?

Leo19871 year ago
susiewell1 year ago
1. Connect the iPod to your PC. If iTunes starts syncing (ie erasing) your music automatically, hit the X in the upper right hand corner of iTunes display, to the left of the search box, to stop it.
2. In Control Panel, Portable Media Devices, double-click your iPod.
3. In the Tools menu -> Options, in the View Tab, check "Show hidden files and folders."
4. Navigate to the Music folder. On my 2nd gen 'pod, the full path is
Portable Media Devices\GINA'S IPOD (F:)\iPod_Control\Music
5. Select all the music folders, and drag and drop them into a folder on your hard drive, or directly into iTunes
More information: Transfer music from iPod to PC
chepech5 years ago
Im doing this by memory so some of the exact names of the menu may not be accurate but the general idea will get you there.

Try using WINAMP (v 5.x or higher):

1.- Install Winamp

2.- Connect your Ipod and close ITunes if it comes up.

3.- Once installed, Right click it and select Music Library.
There is a PORTABLES section in the left menu on the Music Library where you should see your Ipod, Expand It and select Audio/Music option

4.-In the right side of the screen you should see all you music. Just Select all and right click it and the select Move To > Local Drive.

5.- You can find all the music you selected in "My Documents/My Music" Folder (Windows only)
also your welcome and jeff thats the easy way

Here's a way to quickly get files off a PC iPod without any extra software.

  1. Plug your iPod or iPhone into your computer.
  2. From the Desktop, go to My Computer and find the iPod (usually designated by a drive letter. i e. E: or F:)
  3. Open the damn thing.
  4. Go to Tools > Folder Options > View (the tab) > scroll to Show Hidden Files and Folders and click it.
  5. Click OK
  6. Go back to your iPod folder/drive, there you will find a new folder called iPod_Control
  7. Open it.
  8. The Music folder in it will have a bunch of folders named F00, F01 and so on. THEY HAVE YOUR MP3s AND VIDEOS. Look through the folders to find your stuff.
  9. You can also use the Search utility in Windows and search for a particular audio file on your iPod. Just make sure you specify to search in Hidden Files or Folders. There, a solution that requires no extra software, just a few extra brain cells.

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jeff-o5 years ago
Before hooking up the iPod, make sure you have iTunes set to "manually manage music." This will prevent it from automatically loading new stuff, and deleting what's already there. To copy the music from your iPod to the computer you'll need a special program. There are probably dozens of them out there, do a search at and get the highest-rated one.