Copy music from iPod to computer

Kirk McElhearn

Q: My hard drive crashed and I had to reinstall everything, but I didn’t have a backup of my music. Is there anyway to transfer music from my iPod to my computer?

– Virtually every iLounge reader.

A: This is the most common question we receive at Ask iLounge.

Apple has not provided a simple way to do this, most likely because it would allow people to illegally copy other people’s music too easily.

Yet hard drive crashes, Windows reinstallations and other problems make this a valid question. We’ve created an iLounge iPod 201 series article that steps you through the entire process.

In a pinch, you can also use a simple software- and computer-agnostic procedure to “find” the music on your iPod.

Your music is stored in hidden folders, but this article tells you how to see those folders and recover your music manually.

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.