Introduction: 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.

Step 1: First

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First you want to go to your desktop an locate your "Start" Button, click on it, and click on My Computer

Step 2: Secent

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After opening the folder, My Computer, you want to find the folder that is for your iPod. In my case its "MR" Once you have completed this, Open it.

Step 3: Thirdly

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Once the folder is open, Find the "Tools" and select "Folder Options"

Step 4: Fourthly

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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"

Step 5: Fifthly

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

Step 6: Sixthly

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Now locate Music and open it.

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There are whole bunch of sub folders to select from so I just picked any random one which just so happened to be F31.

After opening a folder you will see the odd names of songs, and hopefully the Artists as well. To tell what it is drag it some where and open it with iTunes. There it will give you the full name of the song, and the artist.

If you are here to import all the songs, Create a folder on the desktop and copy all of the sub folders into it. You then want to go to iTunes, go under "Files" then select "Add Folder to Library" and add, in my case, "F00," "F01," "F02" extra till you do all of the sub folders.

Quick suggestion; After you get the files into iTunes, I would suggest that you Consolidate your library. So you can move and or delete the music files and not worry about them no longer playing.


wardenjtkj (author)2017-03-18

Most excellent.

violetkitty (author)2016-01-21

this needs to be updated for windows 10

Just did this windows 10 and it worked. To display hidden files and folders click file > Change folder and search options. Switch to the view tab and then everything else is exactly the same.

i see that but it still needs an update

Mr.Asmith9 (author)violetkitty2016-01-21

Honestly, there's no point. This instructable is so outdated for current iPod technology that it no longer works unless you have working original ipods (first and second Gen classics). And, I refuse to upgrade to Windows 10.

If you need to recover information I suggest an application called 'ifunbox'

Good luck and take care.

Megsy1 (author)2016-01-22

This didn't work on Windows 10. I ended up using third party software, TouchCopy, which worked perfectly!

S1992walker (author)2015-12-26

Does this also work if their is music on my iPod with lim wire music on it, I know that this feel is from forever ago I'm praying your still here lol

Mr.Asmith9 (author)S1992walker2015-12-26

I'm afraid this method is no longer effective unless you are using a first or maybe second day Gen ipod like the classics. Nowadays I would recommend getting some free software called 'ifunbox' which can remove information from your Apple devices.

Hope this helps.

billneu (author)2009-06-26

who dosent know about that

mattameo213 (author)2008-08-02

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*

Hellchild (author)mattameo2132009-02-18

And that's why Itunes sucks.

thebboy (author)Hellchild2009-02-18

i agree. unfortunately, it's thew only legal, ipod and video compatible system that i know of.

abadfart (author)thebboy2009-05-04

I hear that banshee dose to

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Hellchild (author)thebboy2009-02-18

hahaha, legal...

thebboy (author)Hellchild2009-02-18

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.

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thebboy (author)Hellchild2009-02-20

ya, you can thank my parents for most of the stuff that isn't great about me.

Hellchild (author)thebboy2009-02-20

I'm sorry about that.

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thebboy (author)Hellchild2009-02-18

oh ya.

Mr.Asmith9 (author)mattameo2132009-02-18

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!!

thebboy (author)2009-02-17

yes. this has helped a ton. 5/5 and fave

Mr.Asmith9 (author)thebboy2009-02-18

Happy I could help! = )

thebboy (author)Mr.Asmith92009-02-18

ya, it did. thanks a lot

pfingers (author)2008-10-11

There is no drive showing for my ipod... Oh well.

norvelas (author)2008-07-25

i also don't have .mp3 at the end of each file =(

Mr.Asmith9 (author)norvelas2008-07-29

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.

norvelas (author)2008-07-25

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 please?

Mr.Asmith9 (author)norvelas2008-07-29

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?

dnguyen415 (author)2008-07-24

EDIT never mind, i just did it old school, move it file by file individually. thanks again for the instructable

dnguyen415 (author)2008-07-24

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.

kbsmevin (author)2008-07-07

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)kbsmevin2008-07-14

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

kbsmevin (author)2008-07-07

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.

pink16 (author)2008-06-29

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)pink162008-07-05

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.

diego_marcogliese (author)2008-06-25

dude thank u sooo much

BoSilver (author)2008-05-27

Just wondering what does Consolidating your library do?

Mr.Asmith9 (author)BoSilver2008-06-05

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.

death2u23 (author)2008-06-02

thanks dude,apple trys to rip you off any way they can

mschf3 (author)2008-04-20

Thank you for this!!!! I have been trying EVERYTHING - and this worked great. WHEW. (author)2008-03-07

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.

dianneiyisan (author)2008-03-06

very good. wish I had this a week ago. lost 10 gigs of music. hd on the computer holds only so much, you know!

davidpumpkin (author)2008-01-11

can this method also be used to delete music from your ipod

Mr.Asmith9 (author)davidpumpkin2008-03-03

Yes. However I don't know how it effects the Ipod.

- creative name - (author)2007-09-08

haha how simple I never tried that. but what if your trying to import music to a different computer?

What do you mean? Like, use the same iPod and put the music onto another computer besides your own? If thats the case, doing these same steps will work.

yea but doesn't it tell you that you have to delete everything on your ipod or is that just when you try and download music from another computer onto it? I'm confused

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