How do I import music from my ipod to itunes on a mac?

I was doing some "tidying" on my mac last night and due to lack of sleep and booze I ended up trashing 70% of my tunes stored in a shared folder! Dumb I know but I really didn't give it a thought!

Can anyone help me from getting the living daylights being beaten out of me when my wife finds out what's happened!

2 Answers

  • Me
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    This is how you get all the songs/videos/games/etc. from your iPod to your computer. I'm going to write step-by-step instructions on how to do it, but I'm also gonna provide a link that shows pics and stuff of how to do it because it can seem a little confusing sometimes.

    NOTE: If you bought ALL of your music/etc. from iTunes, simply log into the new iTunes and plug in your iPod. Then sync it. A box will pop up and ask if you want to transfer your music. Click Yes. If you got your music from CDs, or off the internet, etc. then follow the directions below.

    Keep in mind that all computers are different. If this doesn't work for you, I'm sorry. Email me at (or and I'll try to help you out!

    STEP 1:

    - Plug in your iPod. iTunes should open up. If not, then open it how you normally open. Wait until it connects with the iPod.

    STEP 2:

    - A message will pop up and ask if you want to erase this iPod and sync with the iTunes library (or sometimes it asks if you want to transfer your music). Click Cancel.

    STEP 3:

    - Make sure you are on the iPod Options page (your iPod should pop up under Devices; click on it). Make sure the box that says "Enable disk use" is CHECKED.

    STEP 4:

    - Exit iTunes. Don't eject it, though.

    STEP 5:

    - Go to your iTunes music folders. (It's usually located in Start > My Documents > My Music > iTunes.) Delete the XML and ITL files.

    STEP 6:

    - Go to Start > My Computer. Then click on Tools > Folder Options > the "View" tab. In Advanced Settings (under Files and Folders) click "Show hidden files and folders". Then click OK.

    STEP 7:

    - Go to Start > My Computer. Click on your iPod (for instance, mine says "VICKY'S IPOD (:F)". See the slightly see-through iPod_Control folder? Right click on it and scroll down to "Send to ... " and pick My Documents. NOTE: You can save it anywhere on your computer, but to make it easy I'm just going to pick a spot for you.

    STEP 8:

    - It will take a few minutes to copy everything. When it's done, unhide the iPod_Control folder that you just copied to My Documents (NOT the iPod_Control that is on your iPod!) by right-clicking on it. Scroll down to Properties. Then uncheck the Hidden attribute. A message will pop up and ask if you want to apply this to this folder, subfolders, and files. Make sure this option is chosen, and click OK. (You MUST do this step.)

    STEP 8:

    - Open iTunes. Remember that your iPod is still connected to the computer. You will get the same messages asking if you want to erase this iPod and sync it with the iTunes library, unless you chose "Do not ask me again". Click Cancel.

    STEP 9:

    - At the top, click on Edit > Preferences. Choose the "Advanced" tab. Make sure "Keep iTunes Music folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" are checked.

    STEP 10:

    - From iTunes, choose File (at the top) > Add Folder to Library. Navigate to the iPod_Control folder and click OK.

    STEP 11:

    - The files will begin to copy into your iTunes library. You might want to take this time to write down all your playlists, because when you sync your iPod again you'll lose them.

    STEP 12:

    - After your library fills up, simply click on your iPod under Devices and sync it! It will ask if you want to erase the songs and sync. Just click Yes. It doesn't matter now because all of your songs are on your computer.

    Sometimes, for an unkown reason, songs are copied into iTunes with four-letter titles (ex: WGYT or JSFU). I'm sorry, I don't know any way to correct that aside from doing them each manually. Keep in mind that this is a FREE tutorial. You're not paying for anything, so just be happy that you got your songs =D

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Just go to your Trash can and drag all all the music to your desktop to restore it if you didn't empty your trash can already.

    There is a way to import but that is only if your iPod was put on the specific settings of a portable hardrive. For future use:

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