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How to get your music back off your Ipod.. FREE!

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Basically, Ipods Don't let you re import the music off of it, they only let you delete it.

For example, If you where to put you're favorite songs on your Ipod, but then, accidentally delete them all off of your computer. So you sat there in a bad mood and it hit you, My Ipod still has all my music! I can just re-import in from my ipod! Thats when you would go into iTunes and see if you could drag them out of your Ipods library into your iTunes library, but no Apple didn't want to make it this easy for some obvious reasons.

But here is how you can do it Free without any software.
 
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Once the folder is open, Find the "Tools" and select "Folder Options"

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Once the Folder Options are opened, Select the View Tab, then find the sup folder "Hidden Files and Folders" and select "Show hidden Files and Folders" once completed click "OK"

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Now that you can see the Hidden folders, locate the folder named "iPod_Control" and open it.

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Now locate Music and open it.
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billneu5 years ago
who dosent know about that
mattameo2136 years ago
I've already tried this but the songs are in the .m4p format (Itunes protected format) when I try to play the songs the ITunes declares that I don't have permission.......*sigh*
And that's why Itunes sucks.
i agree. unfortunately, it's thew only legal, ipod and video compatible system that i know of.
I hear that banshee dose to
cool
hahaha, legal...
ya, i would use limewire, or something, but thanks to my o so snoopy parents and that stupid voice in my head (you can also thank my parents for that) i can't.
lol
ya, you can thank my parents for most of the stuff that isn't great about me.
I'm sorry about that.
thanks.
Rhapsody?
oh ya.
Mr.Asmith9 (author)  mattameo2135 years ago
Try to use the Itunes File Converter, Right click on the file and select, for example "Create MP3 Version" If it says AAC or AIF, You can change that by going into Itunes setting (Hold down control, and hit the comma button on your keyboard.) Under the General tab, There is an option you can select called "Import Settings." At the very top of the new window is where you can select what type of file you would like to convert songs to. Once completed with that, HIt "OK" to close the sub menu and then hit "OK" again to close the main menu. Try again to convert the song. If that doesn't convert the song into a unlocked playable format try Authorizing the computer with the same email you used to download the songs from the itunes store. (It will be some where in the advance popdown in the upper right hand corner of itunes.) Hope this helps!!
thebboy5 years ago
yes. this has helped a ton. 5/5 and fave
Mr.Asmith9 (author)  thebboy5 years ago
Happy I could help! = )
ya, it did. thanks a lot
pfingers5 years ago
There is no drive showing for my ipod... Oh well.
norvelas6 years ago
i also don't have .mp3 at the end of each file =(
Mr.Asmith9 (author)  norvelas6 years ago
As far as not having all your files be .mp3s, If you create a folder in Itunes that has all your songs that are not .mp3, you can have itunes change them into .mp3 its a conversion program it has built in.
norvelas6 years ago
ok, so i have all the steps down till i get to copying all the music to desktop. it says the parameters aren't correct and now i'm lost...help please?
Mr.Asmith9 (author)  norvelas6 years ago
Honestly, I'm not sure what to tell you. I've done this on quite a few computers and none has ever said that to me. Maybe you have some folder options off? Maybe your on a restricted computer? are you the Admin? or at least have admin Accessibility?
dnguyen4156 years ago
EDIT never mind, i just did it old school, move it file by file individually. thanks again for the instructable
dnguyen4156 years ago
i moved everything to my desktop, made a new folder and everything, but when i add file to library, it just doesnt show up... can i get some help? big ups on the instructable by the way. it seems to work for everyone else, just not me.
kbsmevin6 years ago
ok so i put all my music files in one folder on my deskrop. but when i go to itunes; file; add folder to library. it does nothing. help please?
Mr.Asmith9 (author)  kbsmevin6 years ago
It could be that there are too many songs in there for you to add all at once, try creating a separate folder adding 20-30 songs and adding that. If that works then add it that way
kbsmevin6 years ago
someone just won like 57 thousand gold stars =] thanks man i use to know how to import my ipod on the old itunes but with the newer version i have put off modding for quite a while because i havent been able to figure it out. thanks so much.
pink166 years ago
this is a great instructable. i did everything up until creating a new folder on my desktop and copying the songs into that folder. and then i tried to "add folder to library" on itunes but nothing happened. what am i doing wrong?
Mr.Asmith9 (author)  pink166 years ago
You can't add a invisible folder, It just won't work. Thats why I did the final step of moving everything to the desktop.
dude thank u sooo much
BoSilver6 years ago
Just wondering what does Consolidating your library do?
Mr.Asmith9 (author)  BoSilver6 years ago
Itune's Has the Capability to back up its files onto the computer. When you add new songs, You have to tell Itunes do Save all of the music in its own file so you can move/edit/delete the original while it has a copy, Consolidating your library Does Just that.
death2u236 years ago
thanks dude,apple trys to rip you off any way they can
mschf36 years ago
Thank you for this!!!! I have been trying EVERYTHING - and this worked great. WHEW.
regil.dj6 years ago
I always use this method but I can only locate mp3s and not aac's and mp4s. sucks. And if you're looking for a particular song(s), then you can try going on itunes updating the info songs, then go to ipod_control and music. Search for modified on that specified date you updated and you'll find the music you want to take out.
very good. wish I had this a week ago. lost 10 gigs of music. hd on the computer holds only so much, you know!
can this method also be used to delete music from your ipod
Mr.Asmith9 (author)  davidpumpkin6 years ago
Yes. However I don't know how it effects the Ipod.
haha how simple I never tried that. but what if your trying to import music to a different computer?
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