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  1. #1 how do you backup your ipod music? 
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    I wanna download some new music but my ipodís running out of space. I really donít wanna delete any single song, how can i backup them to my computer? They said I can copy the songs to anywhere on pc but that didnít work at all, when ipod was pluged in there was no music(only some pictures) shown on the computer! I know there must be one solution, anyone know how ?


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    As long as your ipod is registered to itunes on the computer you're using it really shouldn't be a problem - because the music on the ipod must've come from that computer, in which case, creating an additional file is as simple as drag/drop. I won't question you, but this kind of sounds like you're actually trying to take music off somebody else's ipod (I won't judge you either).

    Regardless of the truth, there is a way to access files directly from your ipod. There are programs that can do this, and they are readily available online. There is also a way to do it manually, which involves an unfortunate amount of effort.

    The file names are coded, and need to be renamed using their ID Tags. When you drag/drop these files from your ipod, you actually don't know what song it actually is until you go through the trouble of identifying it, or listening to it (this is done precisely so people need to go through a lot of effort to 'steal' the music).


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    Quote Originally Posted by stander-j View Post

    The file names are coded, and need to be renamed using their ID Tags. When you drag/drop these files from your ipod, you actually don't know what song it actually is until you go through the trouble of identifying it, or listening to it (this is done precisely so people need to go through a lot of effort to 'steal' the music).

    I carried out this very procedure earlier today, copying around 13,000 mp3's from my ipod to a new laptop (old one died). I was pleasantly surprised - and relieved - to find that once you have copied all the music and then imported it into iTunes you are not stuck with the meaningless filenames the ipod uses. If you make sure to configure iTunes beforehand to manage your library it will extract the metadata from the ipod files. With this it will then name each file with track number and title then sort music into folders of artist and album.

    Not 100% perfect, since I lost some album artwork and now have my files named and stored slightly differently than before. Better than losing it all I suppose...



    EDIT: album artwork wasn't missing after all, so worked out better than I thought at first.
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