Hack Ipod Without Software!




Introduction: Hack Ipod Without Software!

This Instructables is to show you how to recover music from your ipod without any software.

this Instructables is for education purposes, and incase you need to recover your music, in no way should this be used to illegally obtain music. I also take no responsibility to any harm done to your computer or Ipod.**

All you need:
Ipod (I used an Ipod mini not sure if other models will work)

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Step 1: Connect Ipod

First Connect your ipod, pretty simple...

Step 2: Terminal

Next we need to show all hidden files in finder.
This is pretty simple. We're ganna have to use the terminal to do this so go to applications>utilities>Terminal. Then copy and past this in without quotations "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE"
Then we need to relaunch finder, so hold the option key and hold the finder icon on your dock then a menu pops up, click relaunch.
Now you should see files that all have periods before their names that means their hidden files. (probably shouldn't mess with these too much unless you know what your doing).

Step 3: Ipod

Now on your desktop click on your Ipod.
Normally if we didnt unlock the hidden files all we would see would be something like calendar, notes, addresses. now we have a bunch of random files and folders. Now all Ipods may be different I happen to have an Ipod mini so I'll tell you how to do it with a mini.

Open the folder "ipod_control"
then open 'music"
Now you should have a group of folders all named something like F01, F02 or something. These are the folders that contain your music, when you open one up your ganna find all your music but with random names all in caps. dont worry when these files are opened they show the original name and artist

Step 4: Done

Now you have your music back. if you know longer what to show the hidden files in finder copy and past this into finder "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles False" again without quotations.

-have fun

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    8 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    My newish lap top pc does not recognise my device IPOD 4 yrs old 160 GB I. I gave my old lap away and have used other pc's in internet stores a couple times; I need help... Going Mad in Oxford , UK cheers


    8 years ago on Step 2

    This Instructable is for Mac users. If you run Windows, just launch Windows Explorer (the file manager thingy) and maneuver to the iPod_Control and Music folders to do the same work.

    IF you don't know how to launch Windows Explorer (there are many ways) just RIGHT-click on the Start Button and left-click on Explore. Maneuver your way in the left pane to the drive letter that represents your iPod.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    True, I meant without having to download software from the Internet


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i see what you mean (i dont have a mac)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    You can do the same thing in windows with the command prompt. its really easy...


    11 years ago on Introduction

    An easier way to backup your stuff is to copy sharepod to your ipod, run it, and click the backup button. Then you get all your files in a correctly named folder structure and file names.