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How do I do this? My old computer is toast, but I have 5000+ songs on my ipod that I want to put on to my new computer. If I download itunes and plug in my ipod, it will start to sync before I can get into the options and set it to manual sync - and it will update the ipod to match my computer's music files and delete them all. Most of my songs are not itunes purchases, so I won't be able to use the automatic function that adds purchases from the ipod back into the itunes muslc files. I know there's a way to do this, but I can't figure out how. Anyone know what I need to do? I have an Ipod Classic and I'm using windows 7, if that helps.<img alt="confused.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/confused.gif">
 

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<p>Can you set manual sync on iTunes before plugging in your iPod?</p>
 

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<p>I've found the old fashioned PHONE CALL to tech support works well.  I dont know squat about my IPOD so thats what I would do.  (I know Apple has a tech support ##)</p>
 

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<p>I'd love to know if you figure this out. I keep forgetting to call and ask and so never use my ipod anymore.</p>
 

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<p>I've been told it's not "officially" possible. You basically have to rip the music from the iPod to the new machine. But I'm not sure that's true; I can ask tomorrow if no one has helped you out by then.</p>
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<p>I know that I have seen a solution to this on ilounge dot com. It may have involved purchasing a program to do it but it can be done.</p>
 

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<p>Yea, it's not possible via Apple. But I know some people have managed using non-official software. I don't have any links, as I've not had to do it. Sorry!</p>
 

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Alrght, a techie friend gave me this link:<br><br>
<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/25/how-to-get-music-video-and-photos-off-your-ipod-iphone-win/" target="_blank">http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/25/how-to-get-music-video-and-photos-off-your-ipod-iphone-win/</a><br><br>
I used the second method - enabling hidden files, finding the music file on the ipod, copying it to the new computer. I lost my playlists and song counts, a lot of album art, some album information (like release dates), and one song was inexplicably renamed in chinese characters (<img alt="confused.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/confused.gif">:lol), but otherwise I seem to have recovered everything. If anyone in the future finds this post in a search, PM me and I'll try to walk you through it. It was a bit of a PITA, but saved way more time than copying all my cds back individually and finding other things from other sources!
 

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<p>i did this once by mounting the ipod, configuring windows explorer to see hidden files, and then dragging the files over once they become visible.  </p>
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<p>this is not something that is supported by apple, as it is a shortcut to sharing music illegally. </p>
 

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<p>I was wondering this too.My Vista computer is full of viruses(thank you dc) and all my music and dd's music is on that computer.I have to figure out how to get all of it on to my laptop(windows 7).I guess I have to find all our cds and do it that way,what a PITA.Oh well.</p>
 

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<p>This is what back ups are for.</p>
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<p>I just upgraded to a new mac and have both my time machine backups and my itunes folder on external drives. I just plugged them in and told the mac to restore from my time machine back up, gave it a little time and my new mac was set up exactly like the my old one was.</p>
 

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<p>I was just recently having the same problem.  I downloaded a free trial of a transfer program, which can take everything from your iPod or iPhone and transfer it to your computer.  It worked perfectly.</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.ipod2computer.com/index.php?SRC=42" target="_blank">http://www.ipod2computer.com/index.php?SRC=42</a></p>
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<p>Good luck!</p>
 

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<p>I back up my music (from each computer) onto an external Hard drive. Then I can use that HD to transfer to other computers.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>muldey</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1281510/help-how-do-i-transfer-my-music-files-from-my-ipod-to-a-new-computer#post_16074562"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I was wondering this too.My Vista computer is full of viruses(thank you dc) and all my music and dd's music is on that computer.I have to figure out how to get all of it on to my laptop(windows 7).I guess <strong>I have to find all our cds</strong> and do it that way,what a PITA.Oh well.</p>
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Get an external Hard drive instead....they come in multiple sizes....much better for back ups imo. <br>
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<p>Yes, definitely back up your information in the future. I also have a Time Capsule and have everything on there(I actually don't save music to my computer, I save it to the Time Capsule and then access it wirelessly and remotely whenever I want). And we also have a second back-up with a basic external HD as a "just in case." The Time Capsule saves my information throughout the day automatically, so it really couldn't be easier. </p>
 
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