How to copy files from iPod to iTunes on a mac
So iTunes stuffed up my music collection and I recently found out it had deleted my music from my folder. Partly the fault of my husband and partly my own silliness at not just keeping my own local copy and not sharing it!
ANYHOO it’s done and dusted but it still leaves with the problem that some of my stuff is on my iPod, so how to get it back to my computer??
I found a groovy tutorial which tells me how.
BUT my geeky hubby is out at the moment, soooo that leaves me all alone to navigate the wonderful world of Terminal on my own… so for the benefit of us noobs who have never ventured into these things, I have provided some additional steps. I’m sure there are better ways but this did the job for me :)
Go to http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/copying-music-from-ipod-to-computer/P0/ and follow the instructions on page 2 towards the bottom
OK so you’ve copied the iPod_Control folder (or the Music folder within it) now copy it to somewhere on your computer. Then follow the instructions to show hidden files in your mac. Once you’ve done that you’ll need to open your Terminal window to do some bits so iTunes will be able to read the folders within it… so
Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal
And type in
chflags nohidden /pathname/Music/
(where pathname is put the full path to where you put the Folder, to find this in Finder go to View > Show Path Bar )
That will then unhide the Music folder, but then you also need to unhide all the folders within it so you might need to do this a few times
chflags nohidden /pathname/Music/F00
then press the up key and delete the letter 1 and put a 2 and so on…
chflags nohidden /pathname/Music/F01
chflags nohidden /pathname/Music/F02
Then you can go to iTunes and go to File > Add to Library (but read the rest of the instructions on the link above as you can get iTunes to sort it all again for you).
So yeah, I am happy I got some of my music back anyway!