Transfer mp3's from old iPod to new iPod

Discussion in 'iPod' started by nburwell, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. macrumors 68020

    May 6, 2008
    I tried searching for a simliar topic, but came up with nothing.

    I'll be purchasing the new 160GB iPod Classic after Christmas to replace my old 30GB iPod Video. Since my old iPod is 3-4 years old, it has a lot of music on there that I don't currently have in my iTunes library. It's also formatted for Windows from when I had a PC.

    So my question: Is there any free or inexpensive software out there that can transfer my mp3's from my old iPod to my new iPod? Additionally, does it make a difference that my iPod Video is formatted for Windows? I own a MBP now, and don't have my PC anymore.

  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
  3. thread starter macrumors 68020

    May 6, 2008
  4. macrumors 68030


    Oct 15, 2008
    Isn't it amazing that in the Apple world you have to buy a third party product to do something that should be a default feature? Except for the obvious reason that Apple wants us to buy the same songs again and again from the iTunes store, what again is the rationale that iTunes won't copy mp3 files from an iPod back to a computer?

    Sorry, but this still is -THE- most annoying "feature" of my iPod Touch and iTunes. And it's the #1 reason why I won't ever buy one again.
  5. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I think it's really a holdover from the days of DRM; they don't want to make it too easy for people to simply copy their iPods to a friend's iPod.
  6. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Helps avoid piracy.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2005
    far away
    Basically if you've got your stuff organized, you will never need that functionality. And I guess it makes sense that Apple assumes that you've got your stuff organized. ;)
  8. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    This is idiotic. You rip your CDs _once_ to your computer and put them into your iTunes library, you download music _once_ to your computer and put it into your iTunes library, when you buy a new iPod you just connect it to the computer, when you buy a new computer you just copy your library over.

    The rationale for not copying music from your iPod to your computer is that it is bloody idiotic to copy to the computer that holds the iTunes library that the music comes from. Except, of course, if the music on the iPod is "borrowed" from a friends iTunes library, in which case you don't have any grounds to complain. And your rationale is right there.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    Ditto, QFT, seconded, This, what have ya.

    I have never thought about my iPod as the center of my music collection. Instead, iTunes is the core, the central media warehouse. iPods are simply portable physical manifestations of portions of that core.

    I have also never understood the act of syncing all one's music over to the iPod, then clearing out large parts of the iTunes library. The only logical reason someone might have used is "to save disk space". But, as is said often here at MR, storage is cheap-- so that's no longer a valid excuse.

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