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What's a good (free) program for transfering music from an iPod to a PC?

Asked by MissAnthrope (21479points) January 28th, 2010

I had iPod to Folder before, but it’s fairly buggy (it strips about half the ID tags and file names). Anyone use one they really like?

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janbb's avatar

What’s wrong with downloading iTunes or am I missing something here?

MissAnthrope's avatar

I want to take the music from my sister’s iPod and put it on my computer. I don’t have the music files on mine, so if I connect it to my iTunes, her iPod will be cleared of the music.

janbb's avatar

Ah – got it. That’s the complication. Can’t help you there, but hopefully someone can.

iwamoto's avatar

multiplatform, should do the job, let me know if it works out for you.

MissAnthrope's avatar

First of all, thanks for the suggestions! Neither YamiPod or CopyToy would recognize her iPod.

The reason I’m trying to do this is because all her movies and music were from another computer and I was hoping to be able to keep it to put back on her iPod. She got some iTunes gift cards for Christmas and wanted to buy some games.

Anyway, I guess I’m going to have to wipe the iPod because this is frustrating me too much.. I’ll have to figure another way to get the music back on, she says she doesn’t care about the movies because she’s already watched them.

Thanks again. :)

DeanV's avatar

Have you gone into the folder and manually copied folders over? Hoping to get this answer in before it gets erased…

MissAnthrope's avatar

I tried that.. iTunes recognizes the iPod, but the computer seems to think it’s a camera. I went into the “camera” and the only thing there was one .jpg that she has as her wallpaper. :\

DeanV's avatar

Have you tried enabiling hidden files in Windows Explorer and copying over the data folders from the iPod itself, though?

Bugabear's avatar

Hmmm. Is it an iPod touch?

tuxuday's avatar

If you are on linux, try amarok. I reckon you aren’t in linux.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@dverhey – Yeah.. I found a tutorial online for this, still didn’t work.

@Bugabear – Yepper.

@tuxuday – Nope, XP.


DeanV's avatar

In that case, it’s probably corrupted. If there are no data files present on the iPod, it probably needs to be reset and formatted. That’s too bad.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I’ve been pretty ill and sapped of energy this week, and I just didn’t have the patience to spend hours messing with this, so I went ahead and just wiped the iPod. She’s got games on there, which is good enough for now, and then when our mom gets back from vacation with her laptop, we’ll start all over again.

Thanks so much for the suggestions, guys. :)

janbb's avatar

@MissAnthrope Hope you feel better soon.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@janbb – Thanks. :) I really am looking forward to feeling better.

flakeyjake's avatar

I tried a bunch of them, and this one’s my favorite because it also has a music player built-in:

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polycarpofjohn's avatar

A friend transferred her iPod music to cds, then used the cds to install the music on her PC. She said they lost some quality getting put onto cds, but she was satisfied with the results.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Okay, but how did she get the music from the iPod onto the CD?

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