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Restoring Erased iTunes Library with iPod

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Q: Somehow my computer’s entire iTunes library got erased.  Is there a way to transfer my files from the iPod back to the library?

- Walter

A: For various copyright and business reasons, Apple doesn’t provide a simple way for you to transfer your music back from iPod to computer. However, it is possible to accomplish this, either manually or using third-party software. This thread in the iLounge forums explains several methods for getting your music back. You can also follow the iPod 201 tutorial Copying Music from iPod to Computer.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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