Recovery of all your music on your iPod doesn’t have to be difficult and stressful. If you want to safely retrieve music from your iPod before your computer erases it, follow this useful guide that will have you listening to your tunes in no time.
Why iTunes Likes to Banish Your Songs to the Recycling Bin
The software that allows you to connect your iPod to your computer (iTunes) wasn’t designed to retrieve files from a device. It only ever sends and overwrites data from computer to device, which poses a problem when you don’t want it to do that. While there are ways to prevent iTunes from overwriting your data – as detailed in this guide – the default state is for it to do just that, and many people have been caught out by this when they’ve connected their device to a fresh install of Windows or a new computer.
How to Safely Recover Your Data from an iPod Device
• Preventing automatic syncing
The first thing to do is to make sure that iTunes doesn’t try to sync your device with the library already found on your computer. To do this, open up iTunes and navigate to the preferences panel listed under the drop-down menu in the top-left of the iTunes window. Under the Devices tab, check the box that says “Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically.” Now you can connect your device to your computer.
• Transferring your purchases
After you have connected your iPod, you can begin to transfer your purchases to your computer. Click on File in the top-left corner of the screen and then Devices. You should see an option to “Transfer Purchases” from your device in the drop-down menu. Select this choice and begin recovering your data, making sure to authorise your computer with iTunes first for each account you want to recover purchases from.
• Recovering all your data
Unfortunately, iTunes only allows you to transfer songs that you have purchased, so retrieving all of the data on your iPod will require messing around with the source data or calling on the services of a data recovery specialist. They use sophisticated software to trawl through the files on any hard drive and piece together the data easily, including music and photos on an iPod.
Advice for the Future in Order to Avoid Losing Your iPod Data
As with any important data that you wouldn’t want to lose through something as simple as connecting your device to your computer, you should always backup your files. There are many easy and cheap options these days for this purpose, including hard drives that can hold many gigabytes of data and convenient data networks such as the iCloud.