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-- Connect the iPod with your PC. Close iTunes if it opens up automatically after connecting iPod.
-- Go to Control Panel-> portable Media Devices/devices and printers-> Double click on your iPod or right click and select "Browse Files" option.
-- Navigate to the iPod_control folder/Music Folder.
-- Select all the folders over there and copy all the folders and paste it on your hard drive or directly into iTunes. If nothing is visible then go to Control Panel -> folder options -> View Tab-> Show hidden file/folder/drives.
-- The iPod music folder structure is very strange, however if you copy the folder content into iTunes you can arrange/organize the music files by selecting "Keep iTunes Music Folder organized". You can do this by in iTunes Edit menu-> Preferences -> Advanced tab-> check Keep iTunes Music Folder organized.
Copying Music using Software--
There are some software's that are available that can be used to copy the selective items from your iPod. There are a few softwares that can be used to do this, they are-
Have the "View Hidden Files and Folders" option enabled. To view them go to my documents and then tools>folder options>view. Then click the "Show hidden files and folders" under the "Hidden files and folders" section. (You will not have to scroll down the list to see it)
Plug the iPod into the computer that you wish to back it up on.
Open up a Windows Explorer Window, from the accessories folder of the programs listing.
Navigate to the "My Computer" icon.
Expand the folder, and find the drive that has the name of your iPod.
Expand your iPod's folder, and find the folder: "iPod Control".
Expand "iPod Control" and find the folder "Music".
Look for a series of folders with strange names.
Select all of the files. Do this by going to: Edit>Select All>. Alternatively, you may hold the Control key and click all of the folders.
Copy all of the folders, by going to Edit>Copy or by right clicking one of the selected folders and clicking copy. This will copy all of the folders.
Paste the music in the desired folder by using Edit>Paste.
Open each folder, and copy the MP3 files into the desired folder, or you can leave them where they are. The music will have non understandable names, like "EDCI" and "DLXE", 4 letter names are normal.
Open the music up in the music player of your choice if you wish. Do this when all of the music has been extracted from the original iPod folders.
Most music player programs can decode the names into the original names, and artists.
This works on both PCs and Macs, but these instructions are for PCs. Mac computers work similarly to this.
The copying of the music takes some time.
This can be used to copy friend's music.
Get a good MP3-Tagger-Program e.g. mp3tag (freeware) and automatically rename the files if you want to use them on your PC
Do not try and manually rename each song.
Do NOT mess around with any other file(s) on the iPod
go to this site www.apple.com and download itunes to your pc....once you have download the latest version of itunes . let itunes scan your pc for music (this is very very quick)....now that itunes has found your music (you should see a listing of it now on the itunes screen) plug your ipod to pc using usb cord...on the left bottom of itunes your ipod should be listed...look up on the same left side and click music folder (pc) and drag it down to music folder (ipod)...this is all the music itunes just found now on your ipod...NOTE...never ever ever just disconnect your ipod always click eject... have fun and enjoy if you found this to be helpful feel free to rate
reformat your ipod, if you installed itunes via disc or from file, you should have the option in itunes to restore your ipod to factory settings. If you have songs on your ipod that arnt on your computer, you will need to copy them off the ipod before you restore your ipod.
To copy music off an ipod that is YOURS (in XP) go to my computer>click on your ipod> then go to tools>folder options>View TAB>and click on the option "show hidden files and folders". Then there should be a folder somwhere in your ipod (depending on what ipod you have) that says music. Copy that folder to the desktop and filter through all of the folders inside it for your music.
first the easy part....1800 songs we will not move this one at a time..............plug ipod to pc..open itunes....see on left hand side of screen...pc (music,photo & video folders) and under that ipod (music, photo, video folders)..ok..click on pc (music folder) all your music shows up right ok..this time click & drag the pc (music) down to the ipod music folder and release....its 1800 songs so lets wait til the ipod is finish (look at the ipod file a circular motion is happening,,,,its loading).......once finish always eject your ipod...............now find where you are storing mp3 / mp4 on your pc...once you find it ..go to top bar view then click,on view details (artist,album,type,lenght) this where it will say mp3/4/wma/wav or flac file
When connect ipod to computer, go to my computer. Click on ipod:- -click on tools, go to folder options -go to view tab -check show hidden files -a ghost like folder will apear: ipod control -click on it and go to device -there will be a locked file -click and delete it
I know another way you could try formatting which may fix this problem. Restoreing just restores all the setting to your iPod yes it shoudl format as well but it may not due to an error or something.
To do try it another way follow these steps, first click on "Start" - "My Computer" look for you iPod when it's connect usually called "Removable Disk" once you've found it "Right-click" on it then click on "Format", once format is complete disconnect, then connect it again then run "Update" for your iPod and for iTunes, once you've done that have another attempt.
Good luck. Hope my solution was helpful in some way. Further problems leave a comment and i will get back to you.