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iPod - The Official "How To Transfer Your iPod or iTunes Library to Your New Mac" Thread

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Senuti only lets you transfer 1000 songs on the free trial, then you have to buy a license to use it more. I used a program called iPod View for the rest. Both were slightly glitchy, and I had to quit and re-open the applications a couple of times after every couple of hundred tracks, but the job is done now, and it works fine.

Now, does anyone know if I can pull the photos from my 2005-ish 30GB iPod Photo?
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I am a iTouch newbie when it comes to moving my music from my old device to my new 32gb iTouch arriving tomorrow. It is synced with my PC but I bought some of the songs and others were recored from CD. Some of the CD's I no longer have. I do have a wireless network set up at the house and office.

So what would be the best way for me to get my music moved to my new iTouch 2G?
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I've been in the process of transferring my music from my iPod 30g to my MacBook's new hard drive using Senuti. Some of the files weren't working and Senuti kept freezing, so I quit both iTunes and Senuti and unplugged my iPod. When I plugged my iPod back in to begin transferring again (holding down the Option and Command keys), I got the classic error message: iTunes cannot read the contents of my iPod and wants me to restore it to factory settings. If I restore, I will lose over 6000 songs!! I've tried resetting the iPod by holding down the center and Menu buttons and I've tried plugging it into a wall charger and an iHome before connecting it to the computer again.

How can I transfer the music files from my iPod to my MacBook without restoring? Help!!
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My pc crashed and i had it recently repaired, and ive reinstalled itunes, but the itunes library with all my songs in it has been erased so when i plug my ipod into itunes, it asks me if i want to format/wipe my ipod so it works with the new itunes.. how can i put all my songs back into the itunes library and how can i prevent my ipod audio content from being erased to make it work with the new itunes program ?
I have not got a Mac pc.. just a basic IBM Pc

Im new to this forum, not sure how to post a question .
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Can anyone tell me if it is possible to back up my iTunes library, playlists, the lot from my iMac direct to an External Hard Drive rather than DVD - I currently need 8 DVDs and it takes loads of time. EHD would be much quicker.

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what do I do when I upgrade my HD? how do I transfer all my music and how do I keep my playlists intact along with all the album artwork.
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One way to back up your iTunes Library is to consolidate your library into one folder and then copy that folder to an external hard drive.This is a painless process that only takes a few moments to accomplish.
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i downloaded senuti and it was fine but then when i insert my ipod itunes comes up and senuti dosent do anything... i cant transfer my music or anything.. what the heck!!
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I just turn my iPod into an external disk by putting it into disk mode and copy the iTunes files, this includes the library files (playlists), artwork and of course songs. really simple.

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Originally Posted by carlyse_09 View Post
One way to back up your iTunes Library is to consolidate your library into one folder and then copy that folder to an external hard drive.This is a painless process that only takes a few moments to accomplish.

For those who used an External Hard Drive to transfer their iTunes library, how has it turned out on the other, or new, computer that the files were transferred to? I'm looking at PC to Mac... any issues to expect??
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Since this is the official thread, I figured I should post my request here for the easiest method to date on transferring my iTunes library from my old PC to my brand new Mac Mini.

And will I need to do anything special to the iTunes in my MM for it to recognize my Touch? Will I still be able to use my Touch on both iTunes (PC and Mac)?

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is there any way to get my music off an ipod touch
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op, geez, it's an old thread, but we got a new 3G Iphone and hundreds of songs on our older Imac.. G4, PowerPC we badly want to transfer the music from our IMac onto our new Iphone, but when we plug in the Iphone into the computer, it doesn't show an Iphone icon on the desktop (though it does for the IPhoto, so don't know what's going on?) and so won't let us transfer the songs from the puter onto the IPhone!
What's wrong here?

Also any good websites or forums that will give you step by step instructions on how to use your Iphone 3G and the apps you can use for free?

Look forward to the members response.. have a good one..
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