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How to transfer music I didn't buy from Itunes from Ipod to new computer

kmoff77 1,826 334 June 2, 2016 at 09:37 AM
Hello. My wife used my laptop for her iTunes and it crashed last month. I have since purchased a new laptop and when she installed her iTunes on this new laptop all of the music that she bought from Apple appeared. But the music she didn't buy from them didn't follow, but remains on her iPod.

Apple seems to make it pretty tough to transfer this music to the new iTunes account. Can anyone offer some suggestions?

I have searched the internet but alot of the threads I am finding are pretty dated. I think I might have to use a 3rd party software.

Or could i back up the iPod on an external harddrive and transfer the to iTunes that way?

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What died on the laptop? Can you take the drive and put it into an external enclosure, and transfer the music (and other files) that way? Or you can just restore them from your backup (you did make a backup, right?).
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maybe this

http://www.copytrans.net/copytransmanager/

CopyTrans Manager: The free iTunes alternative to manage iPhone, iPad and iPod without iTunes
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What model of iPod? If you can put this model into disk mode that works (much older products).

Mac or PC?

sentui has been around a long time, but isn't free/shareware anymore.
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What died on the laptop? Can you take the drive and put it into an external enclosure, and transfer the music (and other files) that way? Or you can just restore them from your backup (you did make a backup, right?).
Ya this is the route I would go, Try mounting the old hard drive and get the music from there.
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Pulling data directly off the hard drive is the first thing I'd do too. Has the advantage of recovering other data
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My friend who was going to help me pull the harddrive said that my Dell Inspiron was a PITA to pull the HD. He said you have to take the entire laptop apart and has 30ish small screws and the pull up the keyboard. He was hoping he didn't have to do that and could just try to reinstall Windows instead (in that case I would love everything). I was able to retrieve all photos because I used Google Photos as backup.

No my wife didn't make a backup of her iPod music. I believe what she has is a 1st Gen iPod Touch.
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Hello. My wife used my laptop for her iTunes and it crashed last month.
Crashed last month is pretty darn vague. It it's something hardware related reinstalling the OS isn't going to fix it. What model is the laptop and what's wrong with it?

If the hardware is still ok, there are lots of ways to boot the laptop off a flash drive or dvd and copy files.
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If you have Windows, you can plug the iPod in, go to it under "My Computer" and enable the option to see hidden folders. You will find a bunch of folders in numerical order. Inside those folders will be your music. Just drag and drop to the computer. Only problem is the songs will have randomized names. For example, the song's new file name may be DFJKLWNEIUO123
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If you have Windows, you can plug the iPod in, go to it under "My Computer" and enable the option to see hidden folders. You will find a bunch of folders in numerical order. Inside those folders will be your music. Just drag and drop to the computer. Only problem is the songs will have randomized names. For example, the song's new file name may be DFJKLWNEIUO123
You have to enable disk mode first (if it's supported on the newer models). iTunes or other software can reorganize

It may not let you enable disc mode from a computer it isn't already syncing with.
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none of the Dells have a hard to get at hard drive google the model + manual and you will see some have a bottom with 4-6 screws others pull out from the side with 2 screws.
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If you have Windows, you can plug the iPod in, go to it under "My Computer" and enable the option to see hidden folders. You will find a bunch of folders in numerical order. Inside those folders will be your music. Just drag and drop to the computer. Only problem is the songs will have randomized names. For example, the song's new file name may be DFJKLWNEIUO123
agree with this one. tried it once. you can have a mp3 player plays the songs on the pc so you can know which songs they actually are.
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You have to enable disk mode first (if it's supported on the newer models). iTunes or other software can reorganize

It may not let you enable disc mode from a computer it isn't already syncing with.
I thought I remembered it working without disk mode too. I learned my lesson the 1st time my computer messed up and I didn't have my songs. I learned my lesson a second time and don't buy apple products any more. I use music streaming now.
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Quote from kmoff77 View Post :
My friend who was going to help me pull the harddrive said that my Dell Inspiron was a PITA to pull the HD. He said you have to take the entire laptop apart and has 30ish small screws and the pull up the keyboard. He was hoping he didn't have to do that and could just try to reinstall Windows instead (in that case I would love everything). I was able to retrieve all photos because I used Google Photos as backup.

No my wife didn't make a backup of her iPod music. I believe what she has is a 1st Gen iPod Touch.
That most likely not true. If it's a traditional laptop and not an ultrabook then it most likely has a hard drive catty on the side, you remove 2 screws and thats it. Others you have to remove 4 or 5 screws along the bottom and the entire bottom comes out. Very few these days go through the keyboard.

If we knew the model number of your machine we could help further.
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