Like me, many people took the long pause before transferring my music to another computer. I did fear losing the hundreds of chart-toppers and other favorites, as what many others have experienced. I persistently sought for the most reliable process, and came across dubious information about music transfers.
Call it luck – but I call it well-informed and being patient – I did get my music from the iPod to iTunes. More importantly, I didn’t lose a single song. It’s actually very simple and gives the best result, provided you follow the steps accurately.
Here are the easy-to-do steps in transferring your music to iPod.
First, find the white USB cable in your iPod and connect it to your computer. Once iTunes is opened, it would likely ask you would like to sync up your iPod. Click NO. Remember this – click NO! or else you lose just about everything.
Once your iPod has been connected, click on the start menu and find the iPod drive in the F: drive. The screen would show the iPod logo among the disk drives list.
Be aware that for Windows Vista and XP versions, there are two separate and specific actions that follow. Note that if you’re using Vista, you will need to open the iPod drive and select ORGANIZE, Folder and then Search Options tab, and the click on the View and Show hidden files and folders. But for XP users, open the iPod drive and click tools. After this, click Tools then Folder Options, followed by clicking the View tab. Once done, click Show Hidden Files and Folders and hit Apply.
Once you already have the iPod control folder, click it and open and all its contents will show. This should include calendar, notes, contacts, iPod control, photos and others. Click to open the iPod control only, and then open the music folder. All these folders should be copied into your PC. To do so, simply create a new folder on the desktop and start dragging music files to this new folder.
Next, open iTunes and insert the newly created folder into the desktop. After this, you can start to sync your iPod to the computer and sit back and wait. Remember, do not do the syncing until you are certain you have created a new folder which will be the new home to all your music.