Moving iTunes to new computer using an iPod

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  1. outsidethelines macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I have been trying to transfer my iTunes to my new MacBook Pro because my old PC Desktop is going to computer heaven soon. I followed all the steps in this Apple article: http://support.apple.com/kb/hT1329

    Everything was going perfect until I plugged my iPod into my laptop to transfer the music. The icon of an iPod on my desktop I am supposed to see is not there. I tried to find it on Finder, which pulled up my iPod with a bunch of random empty folders but with none of my music or movies.

    I can see all of my music and movies in iTunes under my iPod but cannot drag and drop them into my actual iTunes folders for the laptop. I am getting frustrated because I don't want to lose all of my music. I have been without access to my iTunes library for two years now because my music wouldn't transfer from an external hardrive to my last PC laptop so I thought since this is a Mac it should be able to run smoother with the iPod transfer but I guess I was wrong.

    If you could help me figure out how to fix this I would be super grateful. In the off chance I cannot figure out how to transfer my iTunes, how much do you think the Apple store would charge to do it for me? Thanks!
     
  2. kaielement macrumors 65816

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    Best thing to do is use a program to extract the music off the iPod something like Googe is a good place to search for a good program and you can find free ones. Once you have all the music off the iPod please for god's sake save it to an external hard drive...... Any questions let me know
     
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Although you can enable an iPod for disc use, and it appears on the desktop, you can't access your music this way due to DRM issues.

    Senuti is one app that lets you download from your iPod to your computer. I not used it myself so can't say whether it's any good or not. It comes with a 30 day/1000 song trial.
    http://www.fadingred.com/senuti/
     
  4. SpetsnaZ99 macrumors member

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    If its a one off, you're better off just trying to borrow an external hard drive off a friend or relative.
    Macs don't mount iPods on the desktop anymore.
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    I take it that's a Lion thing?
     
  6. SpetsnaZ99 macrumors member

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    Macs havent mounted iPods on the desktop for years.
    Years ago you could enable 'Disk Use', but for some reason this has also been removed.
    iTunes help states 'Disk Use' can be enabled in the summary tab but in my version 'Disk Use' doesnt show up.
    Im using Snow L 10.6.8 with iTunes 10.6.1(7)
    See below:-
    iTunes Help Disk Use.png
    iPod Summary.png

    I know Apple have been trying to get rid of 'Disk Use' for some while now, looks like they finally did it.
     
  7. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Not strictly true. I still can with mine with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and iTunes 10.5.3. Also, I have an iPod Classic rather than a Touch which could be the reason you can't??
     

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