Help: Hard drive died, how tog my songs from the ipod to the new drive

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by andrewraffles, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. andrewraffles macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2004

    So this christmas I purchased a shiny new ipod for my windows (yes sorry) pc. the ipod is wonderful and i scanned in all my cds into itunes and put them on my ipod.
    However my hard drive died and now that I have a new one i want to get all the songs off my ipod and back onto my pc. The problem is that my ipod is linked to my old library in my old pc. Is there anyway around this which doesnt mean re scanning in all the cds again?

    Thanks so much

  2. magid macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2003
    just goto and download something called xpod then connect your ipod and all of your songs will then import from your ipod.
  3. montecristo macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2003
    songs from iTunes

    Also, if you have songs downloaded from iTunes Music Store, you have to go to your iTunes account and add your new computer as an "authorized/registered" computer (and de-authorize your old one, if you don't think you'll get it back), and then you can pull these songs off your iPod.
  4. 603 macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2004
    yep... you can do that

    hi Andrew. no need to apologize for using a PC. Windows may have problems, but Mac OS X has problems of its own... and so does a lot of recent Apple hardware.

    sorry to hear about your dead hard drive too - same thing happened to me in my 2-month-old G4 PowerBook... it''s currently on its way to Texas, where they will hopefully fix the latch, the loose trim, and get the battery to fit all the way inside the machine.

    anyway, you should be able to copy all the songs from your iPod back to your PC using any of the following methods:

    1) download EphPod ( and install it. launch EphPod with your iPod attached. EphPod will load your iTunesDB file from your iPod and display a list of all the music currently on your iPod. select all the songs in the lower pane by clicking any given song and pressing CTRL+A. now, right-click on the songs and choose "Copy Songs to Directory" from the context menu. a dialog box will open asking you which folder you want to copy the songs to. in my case, there were a ton of songs and it took a very long time. my iPod also got very hot. so i stopped the transfer and opted to transfer the songs in groups. it's up to you, if you don't have too many songs (i have 4000+) it shouldn't be a problem.

    2) launch Windows Explorer and look for the Removable Disk which corresponds to your iPod. it will be E: or F: or whatever depending on how many optical/IDE/other drives you have attached. on the iPod, look for a folder called /iPod_Control/ - this is where all your music is hidden. (make sure you have your Windows Explorer set to show hidden files and folders - otherwish the /iPod_Control/ folder will be invisible. inside iPod_Control, navigate to /Music/ and take note of the folders F000 - F20. all your songs are in here. copy them to your computer. you might want to split up the copy, say copying F00 - F05, and later copying F06 - F10, in case your iPod gets too hot.

    now, when all the copying is done, launch iTunes and go to File > Add Folder to Library. choose the folder where you put all your songs. iTunes will re-import your songs and sort your library in a more human-readable way (i.e. by artist/album/etc instead of F16, F07, etc). when this is done, you should be able to delete the folder that you used to copy all the songs to... depending on your iTunes settings. make sure that "Copy files to iTunes Music Library when adding to library" is checked (Edit > Preferences > Advanced tab).

    either of these methods should work fine for you. if not, post back and let me know what sort of problems you're having.

    and by the way, you wouldn't be able to do this on a Mac (AFAIK) without purchasing a shareware utility - Mac OS X purposefully hides the /iPod_Control/ folder so that you can't copy your whole library to someone else's computer, which makes sense, but you can't copy the songs back to your own computer either. maybe there's a way to do it with Terminal, but iTunes will definitely not let you do it... that's what all this library/linking stuff is, Digital Rights Management to appease the RIAA.
  5. andrewraffles thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2004
    Thanks Everyone

    Thanks for such quick and informative replies everyone. I am downloading ephpod as I type. this is a huge relief!

  6. 603 macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2004
    hey, no problem.

    how is it working out for you?
  7. andrewraffles thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2004
    works great

    Ephpod works fantastically well. Have now recovered all my songs from my ipod. yay!

    Especially helpful since I'm moving continents tomorrow and now dont have to ship my cds!


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