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Syncing iPod to Mac without erasing new music?

Asked by alysa (6points) October 5th, 2011

I have two computers with iTunes. All the music from Computer 1 has been downloaded to my iPod. I would like to download all that music onto Computer 2. However, Computer 2 has newer music on it that is not on my iPod/Computer 1. I can’t figure out how to get the music from my iPod onto Computer 2 without erasing the new music. Suggestions? Thanks.

PS: Both of computers are on Mac OS.

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CWOTUS's avatar

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Start iTunes on your computer without the iPod attached.

Find the control to enable you to perform manual sync only, and select that. (I don’t use iTunes any more, so I can’t say where that is.)

Now you can connect the iPod and only sync-in (and delete) selectively.

XOIIO's avatar

Or transfer purchases

rooeytoo's avatar

I believe you need special software to take music from iPod to computer. I use Senuti. I am sure there are others as well. Ask @johnpowell, he is the mac expert.

CWOTUS's avatar

Ah. I should have read the whole question.

If you want to put the music from the iPod onto Computer 2 without using a cable between Computer 1 and 2 or disk or flash drive transfer or “upload / download to and from ‘the Cloud’”, then the best way that I know to use the iPod as the transfer mechanism is to use CopyTrans with that.


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rooeytoo's avatar

Originally this was impossible to do, an iPod could only be synced to one computer, connect to a stranger and it wanted to erase everything. I assume it was to make it more difficult to share your music. Specific software was always needed. Has this actually changed? Or am I misunderstanding the question?

victoriabrad's avatar

Select your iPod in iTunes, click the iPod options button, and change the synchronization management mode to Manual. iTunes won’t auto-synchronize anymore, but you can now control what iTunes does when it syncs your library with your iPod

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