Reinstall your system or iTunes library; Retrieve your music, videos and photos from your iPod and save them to your computer; Share your iPod contents with friends and family; Restore your songs, movies and photos to iTunes in the event your system crashes. With iCopyBot, you never have to lose your music again! How to use iCopyBot? It only takes a few steps to retrieve your iPod data: Open iCopyBot 2.
Connect your iPod to computer 3. Select the music, videos, photos and playlists you want to copy and transfer 4. Easily transfers all music, videos, e-Books, ringtones and photos from your Apple device to your computer folder or iTunes; Seamlessly rebuilds your iTunes library; Maintains your song ratings, comments, play counts, song order, volume adjustments, playlists and even artwork; Helps keep your output folder organized; Automatically rejects duplicate files when importing music into your iTunes library; Only reads data from your iPod, iPad or iPhone; Extremely easy to use; Supports all current iPod, iPad and iPhone models.
There are few things that Mac users dread more than the sudden loss of data, whether it's from a failed hard drive or the accidental deletion of files. No matter how you lose your files, you'll be glad you've been performing regular backups. Well, all may not be lost, at least not if you've been keeping your iPod synced with your desktop iTunes library.
If so, your iPod can serve as your backup. By following these instructions, you should be able to copy your music, movies, and videos from your iPod to your Mac, and then add them back to your iTunes library. A quick note: Need instructions for a different version of iTunes or OS X? Before you connect your iPod to your Mac, you must ensure that iTunes won't attempt to sync with your iPod.
If it does, it might delete all of the data on your iPod. Because at this point, your iTunes library is missing some or all of the songs or other files on your iPod. If you sync your iPod with iTunes, you'll end up with an iPod that's missing the same files your iTunes library is missing.
Once you mount your iPod on your Mac's desktop, you would reasonably expect to be able to use the Finder to browse through its files. But if you double-click the iPod icon on your desktop, you'll see just three folders listed: Calendars, Contacts, and Notes.
Where are the music files? Apple chose to hide the folders that contain an iPod's media files, but you can easily make these hidden folders visible by using Terminal, the command line interface included with OS X. The two lines you enter into Terminal will allow the Finder to display all of the hidden files on your Mac.
The first line tells the Finder to display all files, regardless of how the hidden flag is set.
The second line stops and restarts the Finder , so the changes can take effect. You may see your desktop disappear and reappear when you execute these commands; this is normal.
Now that you've told the Finder to display all hidden files, you can use it to locate your media files and copy them to your Mac. The Music folder contains your music as well as any movie or video files you've copied to your iPod. You may be surprised to discover that the folders and files in the Music folder aren't named in any easily discernable manner. The folders represent your various playlists; the files in each folder are the media files, music, audio books, podcasts, or videos associated with that particular playlist.
Fortunately, even though the file names don't contain any recognizable information, the internal ID3 tags are all intact. As a result, any application that can read ID3 tags can sort the files out for you. Not to worry; iTunes can read ID3 tags, so you need look no further than your own computer. Now that you know where your iPod stores media files, you can copy them back to your Mac. The easiest way to do this is to use the Finder to drag-and-drop the files to an appropriate location.
We recommend copying them to a new folder on your desktop. The Finder will start the file copying process.
This may take a while, depending on the amount of data on the iPod. Go have coffee or lunch, if you have tons of files.
When you come back, proceed to the next step. At this point you have successfully recovered your iPod's media files and copied them to a folder on your Mac.
The next step is to unmount your iPod and add the recovered music to your iTunes Library. During the recovery process, you made all the hidden files and folders on your Mac visible. Now when you use the Finder, you'll see all kinds of strange-looking entries. You recovered the formerly hidden files that you needed, so you can send them all back into hiding.