Today’s iPods can contain upwards of 32 gigs of data. That’s a whole heck of a lot of albums, and the biggest nightmare of any true music fan is losing all of those files and having to start over again from scratch. This is why it is always a good idea to back up your music files on your computer in the unspeakable event that your iPod gets lost, broken, or stolen. Unfortunately, Apple has always made it difficult to upload songs from iPod to computer because of the possibility of pirated data. But this makes it difficult for us honest song buyers to save our music and we shouldn’t have to suffer just because of a few bad apples (no pun intended). But there are ways to transfer your iPod files to your computer, especially now that Apple has responded to complaints and lifted their iron grip a bit. We’ll show you how to save your music files on your computer just in case the unspeakable happens to you.
Option 1: Folders
If you look in the Advanced Settings section in the Folders Option tab, you’ll see a list of hidden files that you can click on. Once you do this, plug your iPod into a USB drive. Now you’ll see a folder with all of your precious, precious music. From here you can copy the music all onto one single folder and then open iTunes. Here you will be able to add the folder to the library by clicking on File and then selecting the “add folder to library” option.
Option 2: Use Software
There are many great programs that can do the job of transferring your iPod files to your computer while you sit back and relax. This is often a good option because it keeps you from accidentally destroying your files when you copy them manually. The best part is that these programs can allow you to transfer your files to friends’ computers as well, if you so choose. Media widget is a great third party program that makes the transfer from iPod to computer quick and easy. Cucusoft is another dependable company that can take out a lot of the guesswork of transferring music.
Words of Warning
Remember that it is illegal to download music that you don’t own a tangible copy of. Now, the odds are good that you’re never going to get your door busted down by the feds for simply downloading a Lenny Kravitz song for free. But even if there’s no legal risk, it is wrong to steal anything that isn’t yours. But enough preaching: A more important warning is this: Be careful with your files. If you don’t know what you’re doing when you’re copying your music files and making folders, simply leave the job to a third party program. You can seriously damage your PC when you mess around with folders and files, especially hidden ones. If you don’t trust your PC skills, don’t manually transfer your music.