ipod Itunes help.

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  1. Glhboy

    Glhboy <font color=red><b>Goes Like Hell....</b></font> Moderator

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    For some reason all of my music has mysteriously been deleted from Itunes. My library is gone and everything. All of my music is still on my ipod though, but when I plug in the ipod I can't select any music to leave in Itunes. Is there anyway to do that? I hope so.
     
  2. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    Are the music files themselves still on your computer? Or have those been lost?

    If so, I would recommend viewing your ipod directory in Windows XP (make sure to select the option to show hidden folders) and copy all of the files to your harddrive. The names won't make sense, but once you import them back through iTunes, it'll recognize the names, artists, etc. Or you can find a third party program that will assist in transferring music from your iPod to your harddrive.
     
  3. MegaMoonMan

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    I thought the ipod didn't allow for transferring back to a HDD without a hack?
     
  4. Glhboy

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    I can't find the files anywhere. Only thing I can think of is I did a system restore a couple days ago for something else and then they were gone.

    How can I view the ipod directory thru XP?
     
  5. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    By default, it doesn't. But a simple changing of settings reveals the iPod's goodies.

    Here's a quick rundown of how to do it with no third party software (like I said, the folder names and filenames won't make sense, but iTunes will still recognize everything upon import; I don't know if there's a way to get the filenames as they were on your PC, I'd check out one of the third party programs for that):

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    Here's a page that talks about a free utility that can help you, if need be:
    http://www.engadget.com/2004/11/02/how-to-get-music-off-your-ipod/
     
  6. Glhboy

    Glhboy <font color=red><b>Goes Like Hell....</b></font> Moderator

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    Didn't work, no hidden folders showed up. but I'm using the link you provided and downloaded that program, so that should work. Thanks for the help Jux.
     
  7. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    That's odd. It works for me, I've used it to copy iPods in the past.
    Here's a few quick ss's of what it looks like on my system (making sure to select "View Hidden Files/Folders" in the explorer window:

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    Jux's method works for me too; I've been using it since I got an iPod last year.
     
  9. Glhboy

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    ok, I got it to work through the first part you posted, but I had already used ephpod to transfer music, but now every song that I have bought from Itunes in the past won't work.

    I'm trying it the way you suggested and I have all these files saved in a folder I created(the ones that are songs but file names are different) and I can't figure out how to transfer to itunes.

    correction, make that no songs will work!
     
  10. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    Just reimport them via iTunes by using the "Add Files/Folder to Library" menu option.

    That sucks ... I hope you get your music back.
     
  11. Glhboy

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    also says I can't drag the files over to itunes in the new folder i saved.
     
  12. Glhboy

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    Ok, I think I figured it out now, but I now have 2 copies of the same song in Itunes, one that doesn't work and one that does. Any idea how to get rid of the bad one?
     
  13. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    If it's one song, I think you can just right click and select "clear."
     
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    oh yeah, duh, this is gonna take awhile, man thanks again.
     
  15. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    If your entire library is now duplicate, you could select all, clear all, and then reimport the music you copied to your harddrive.

    In theory.
     
  16. Glhboy

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    that would be too easy.
     
  17. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    We are MEN! There is no EASY!
     
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    Men like it easy. And cheap. Congrats on getting your tunes back.
     
  19. Glhboy

    Glhboy <font color=red><b>Goes Like Hell....</b></font> Moderator

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    for some weird reason, I'm getting this again today. I plug in the ipod to put some new songs on it and all of my library is there, but it all has exclamation points next to it and won't play anything at all, says it cannot find the original copy. WTF?
     
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    My advice is to copy all your music from your iPod back to you computer into a seperate folder.

    Uninstall iTunes and make sure where the music is stored on your computer is deleted as well, and also run a virus check.
    Then reinstall iTunes (grab it form Apple.com) and import you music library again.

    Then reset you iPod, connect it back to your computer and copy everything back to the iPod.

    Do remember that your iPod will only contain the files that you have selected to copy over to it, so if there is some songs that are on your computer that aren't on your iPod then you'll either have to re-rip them or save them from the deleted folder.
     

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