Accidentally made my iPod autosync :(

Discussion in 'iPod' started by arnos, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. arnos macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys!

    I guess you've heard of this problem a million times before, but I hope you won't get mad about another thread about it.

    Here's my story:

    Some days ago I connected my ipod to the computer. I was going to add one track to my ipod. Something went wrong and the whole computer freezed. The only way to unfreeze it was to unplug the ipod, and so I did.

    When I connected the ipod again, it asked about which name it should have etc...

    Without thinking about it, I let the iPod be on autosync mode. And so it started to sync... Because of this I lost 10 gb of music and all the playlists. I still have about 2000 tracks left on it, but I'm missing a lot of tunes.

    Lucky for me I still have all the tunes on my computer :) But my main problem is that I can't remember all the track names...

    Is there anyway to regain the playlists? I just want to know which tracks where in them so I can recreate the playlists again.

    I tried a program called iRip (Since I don't have a mac I haven't found so many different programs for this task) and it didn't work.

    If anyone knows a way (if it's possible at all?) to recover the playlists I would be very grateful. I don't care if it costs.

    Thanks In Advance
     
  2. Cinematographer macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I don't understand your problem. You've got the music on your computer. Fine. You want to "recover the playlists". Aren't they on the computer as well? How did you make playlists if not on your computer? :confused:
     
  3. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    I did this too by accident, a few years ago. It was very frustrating in my case because I had actually removed the mp3's from my computer after transferring them to the iPod. At least you've still got all your music on yours.

    I considered it a bug then, I still consider it a bug now. All Apple needs to do is pop up a simple warning the first time you change those sync settings, that says "Warning! 4,764 music files will be deleted from your iPod! Do you wish to continue?"
     
  4. Cinematographer macrumors 6502a

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    No warnings please!

    If you use iPod, some basic stuff should be clear: The computer is always the base device with all the music and apps and playlists. This computer needs a backup (two backups if you have to rely on your stuff). But this backup cannot be your iPod. You sync your iPod with (a part of) your media and take it with you.

    If your music is on your iPod alone, it's basicly already lost. Because the iPod can always be lost or stolen or the device can die or the user can make a mistake. Sad but true. :eek:
     
  5. arnos thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok I'm sorry for my bad explanation.

    The playlists are gone both from my iPod and from iTunes.

    I made the playlists directly on my iPod, thru iTunes.

    I'm no expert in this area, so if there is a way to find them in the iTunes folder or something like that please tell me.

    Anyways when I restarted my iPod some tracks were left (cause iTunes could find them in the library I guess). So I'm actually searching for the tracks that went missing.

    I have all the tunes on my computer but they are inside my music map which is 234 gb. It makes it pretty hard to find all those that disappeared from the iPod.

    I hope this made it a little bit more clear...
     
  6. Cinematographer macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the clarification. But I'm afraid I won't be able to help you. I'll point to post #4 where I say how I think it should be done.

    I don't know why Apple allows us to do something like that. It just makes life harder to do it that way. If you organize your playlist on your computer and sync them, there are a lot of benefits like:

    - You can organize playlists without the iPod plugged in.
    - You can easily backup the playlists (e.g. with the usual TimeMachine backup)
    - If your iPod crashes and you have to reset it to factory settings, you can sync it and it will look exactly like before the crash.
    - If your iPod is stolen, you don't lose anything besides the hardware.

    And I don't see any drackback.

    Sorry I only can say what you should have done. :eek: I don't know if it's possible to get the stuff now. Maybe the pros can help?
     
  7. arnos thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you a lot for your help & tips!


    I don't have any high hopes that I'll be able to recover the playlists. But if someone know a way, I'm open for suggestions.


    I made a stupid mistake and now I have to pay the price.

    I've started to remake the playlists now (this will take a looooooooong time... :()

    I guess I've learned a lesson.

    And this time I'll make the lists on the cumputer ;)
     
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  9. gabriel2016 macrumors newbie

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    so if what your worried about is getting all your track named the right name then it will definitely take time but if you know the artist then just go to the itunes strore type that in and then just listen and see which song is which and then you just get the song names from there.. but if you don't know the artist name then i dont know what to do with that, sorry.;)
     
  10. Winni macrumors 68030

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    Yes, Apple's idea of "synchronization" is hopelessly flawed. They are not synchronizing at all, because synchronization by definition is a process that is supposed to work in TWO directions. Apple just wipes out the target device, which is so fatally wrong that it's beyond having words for it.

    Also, not being able to use the natural choice of device - the iPod - for backup purposes is another completely flawed design issue.

    One can get used to this, but Apple should really fix this broken design.
     
  11. Winni macrumors 68030

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    Because when you're on the road, several hundred kilometers away from home, you might not have your 27" iMac computer with you on your lap to create a playlist. At least I don't, and I quite frequently created playlists on the fly. If Apple's broken pseudo-synchronization process would do what the name implies, it would also store copies of those playlists on my computer(s).

    Besides... Since when do we need Apple to ALLOW us to do something? What sort of mindset is that? We're paying premium dollars for basically crippled devices -- but the last time I looked at the real world it were always the people who had and paid the bucks that were in charge, not the ones who got paid.
     

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