Macworld Masterclass: Transfer iPod tunes back to your Mac

How to recover your music files without specialist software

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  • Transfer iPod 1 Intro
  • Transfer iPod 1 Step 1: Open terminal
  • Transfer iPod 2 Step 2: Show all files
  • Transfer iPod 3 Step 3: Paste your music
  • Transfer iPod 4 Step 4: Where's my track information?
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Intro

One annoying thing about the iPod is that transferring songs back from your portable music player to your Mac is tricky. Syncing in one direction is easy, but the other? Not so much.

This is especially annoying if your Mac has stopped working or your library has been corrupted, and your sole chance of keeping your music collection relies on finding a way to transfer music files from an iPod to your Mac.

Luckily, there is a relatively easy way of changing the settings on your Mac to get back your precious MP3s – and you don’t need to download any specialist software. Here’s how you go about doing it.

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One annoying thing about the iPod is that transferring songs back from your portable music player to your Mac is tricky. Syncing in one direction is easy, but the other? Not so much.

This is especially annoying if your Mac has stopped working or your library has been corrupted, and your sole chance of keeping your music collection relies on finding a way to transfer music files from an iPod to your Mac.

Luckily, there is a relatively easy way of changing the settings on your Mac to get back your precious MP3s – and you don’t need to download any specialist software. Here’s how you go about doing it.

 

Step 2 of 5: Step 1: Open terminal

Go to Applications, select Utilities and then open Terminal.

 

Step 3 of 5: Step 2: Show all files

Once Terminal is open, type the following: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

This will force your Mac to show every file. To undo these changes replace the YES with a NO. Reset the Finder.

 

Step 4 of 5: Step 3: Paste your music

Locate your iPod and open the iPod_Control folder, then the Music folder. You can now paste all your music to wherever you like on your Mac. One useful tip is to open all the folders in a drop-down list and copy the MP3s rather than the folders, because once you restore the hidden folder settings your music will be hidden again.

 

Step 5 of 5: Step 4: Where's my track information?

Right now your file folders and filenames will look something like F00/TWVP.mp3, and not make a lot of sense. Fear not, though. Once you import them into iTunes, the files’ built-in ID3 tags will be read by the application, and your music will be displayed with all the appropriate track and artist information.

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