How to Transfer Songs From iPod to Mac

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Losing files can be frustrating. The iPod doesn't allow you to automatically transfer your data back onto your computer after a meltdown, but it's possible to do it manually. Your songs aren't lost as long as you have your backed-up MP3 player handy, the Houdini application and a USB cable to reignite its connection to your Mac. Your music library can be easily restored in a matter of minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • IPod (any generation)
  • IPod USB cable
  • Houdini software program
  • Connect the iPod to the computer using the iPod's USB cable.

  • Download and install the free Houdini program for your Mac. This will allow you to view hidden files on your computer.

  • Double-click on the .dmg Houdini file once it has finished downloading in its entirety.

  • Open a Finder window and click on the "Applications" icon on the left side bar. Here, you will find the downloaded Houdini program. Double-click on the Houdini icon to launch the program and install it safely to your Macintosh hard drive.

  • Double-click on the Houdini icon to launch it and access the music files on your iPod.

  • Select the "Folders" tab; this will open up five options for you: "Hide," "Create," "Move," "Open" and "Delete."

  • Click on the "Open" option. This will bring up the Finder window, in which you can select your iPod under "Devices."

  • Double-click on the "Music" folder to access the hidden song files on your iPod. Simply click and drag the files into a new folder or area of your desktop to complete the transfer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hold down the "Shift" key while selecting song files to select and move more than one at a time.
  • Your transferred songs will be in numbered folders. You must double-click on each song file and manually play it in iTunes in order to identify it correctly; there is no automatic way to transfer your songs as listed on your iPod.

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