IPod Classic and Restoring Itunes library

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Mick 1, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Mick 1 macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2012
    Sick of PC "blue screens" and years of unsolicited error messages, I'm a new Mac owner. Have question about porting my IPod Classic library over to my new Mac mini.

    My entire library (over 1700 songs, purchased and laboriously added over the years from CDs) is on my iPod Classic. I have no worries about iTunes restoring my purchased songs onto the new master library I will build on the new mini, but I'm wondering what the best "music rescue" type program is to bring all the "non-Apple Store" music over to the new library.

    Any suggestions, pros/cons, or caveats would be appreciated.

  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Go back to your PC, start iTunes, turn on "Home sharing", start iTunes on the Mac, and copy everything through "Home sharing". Or go back to your PC, start iTunes, and use the "backup" menu item in iTunes to copy your library to a few DVDs, then import them on your Mac.

    Your iPod is _not_ the place to keep your library.
  3. Mick 1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2012

    Thanks for the help. No, I don't use my classic for keeping my library but like many folks am lazy about backing up. When my PC crashed and took everything with it, I realized that the only place I had my "full" library anymore was on my IPod.

    I have no problem transferring my purchases back to my new Mac, but have much I've ripped over time and some of the old source CD that I begged n borrowed from friends I no longer have access to.

    Guess that'll teach me......

    Thanks Again,....
  4. phairphan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
    Reject Beach
    You'll need to use something like Senuti to copy the songs back to your computer. There are other programs like Senuti. A quick Google search should reveal others.
  5. zorritta macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2012
    IPod Classic and Restoring Itunes library

    I had no problem porting music back and forth between my PC, Mac, and iPod Classic using a program that unfortunately I don't remember. Senuti, iDumpPro, 4Media, all of those do the same thing - let you treat your iPod as a TRUE hard drive and drag+drop organized files from place to place.

    Programs like that are much easier than any "How to do x" tutorials you find on the internet.
  6. juanmaria, Feb 29, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2012

    juanmaria macrumors newbie

    Feb 29, 2012
    you can follow steps below:

    *Verify that you have an active Internet connection, because you may need to download new versions of the iTunes and iPod Software.
    *Download and install the latest version of iTunes if necessary.
    *Open iTunes. Connect your iPod to your computer using the USB or FireWire cable that came with your iPod.
    *After a few moments, your iPod will appear in the Source panel in iTunes.
    *Select your iPod in the Source panel. You will see information about your iPod appear in the Summary tab of the main iTunes window.
    *Click Restore.
    *If you are using a Mac, you will be asked to enter an administrator’s name and password.
    *A progress bar will appear on the computer screen, indicating that stage one of the restore process has begun. When this stage is done, iTunes will present one of two messages with instructions specific to the iPod model you are restoring. .

    * Disconnect iPod and connect it to iPod Power Adapter (typically applies to older iPod models).
    *Leave iPod connected to computer to complete restore (typically applies newer iPod models).
    *During stage two of the restore process, the iPod displays an Apple logo as well as a progress bar at the bottom of the display. It is critical that the iPod remain connected to the computer or iPod power adapter during this stage.
    Note: The progress bar may be difficult to see, because the backlight on the iPod display may be off.
    *After stage two of the restore process is complete, the iTunes Setup Assistant window will appear. It will ask you to name your iPod and choose your syncing preferences, as it did when you connected your iPod for the first time.

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