Recover my music from Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by toomuchstereo, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. toomuchstereo macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2005
    With my iMac exploding, and me of course not having a back up of my iTunes library on disk. Is there a way I can get it all off my Apple TV?
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Not easily. You can pull the drive and connect it to a 2.5" PATA adapter, then search the Media partition. Unfortunately, they'll all have names like '3MPC.m4a'. Kind of meaningless without an extractor similar to what we have for iPods (e.g., PodWorks).
  3. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    The file names do not matter. If you can manage to copy them to a folder on your new computer, you can just drag and drop that folder on to your iTunes. It will read the tags, so it will organize them in the library properly. You don't need to know which song correspond to '3MPC.m4a'.
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Yeah, but they'll be a real mess on the hard drive. I suppose that doesn't matter if you're desperate, though.
  5. cohibadad macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2007
    iTunes reorganizes the files into folders based on the tags. The file names only matter outside of iTunes.
  6. petteri macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2006
    AppleTV transcodes?

    Hmm, this made me wonder...

    If I have my music in MP3 format on my iMac, does the AppleTV keep them this way or does it transcode them? I'm guessing not.
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Yes, I know, but his hard drive (i.e., Finder files) will be a mess. Artists and Folders will be fine, but all the songs will have spurious names.
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    No, it doesn't transcode unless you convert them to the file format selected in the Preferences of iTunes (e.g., MP3, AAC, etc.)

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