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Subject: copying IPod onto a PC
Category: Computers
Asked by: greggieb-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 20 Jul 2005 23:54 PDT
Expires: 19 Aug 2005 23:54 PDT
Question ID: 546100
I have an IPod that I want to copy to a home PC. However, if I do this
the PC will reformat the the IPod and wipe out its hard drive and all
my songs. How do I copy the IPod onto the PC and keep the songs on the
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: copying IPod onto a PC
From: matrox24-ga on 21 Jul 2005 10:34 PDT
I use Anapod from Red Chair Software.It lets you interface directly
with the IPOD so you can drag and drop files from your ipod to your pc
and vice versa. the program is $25 and you own it forever including
free upgrades. It can also allow you to make your ipod avaialble via
web interface which is pretty neat.
Here is a link to thier site.
Subject: Re: copying IPod onto a PC
From: jaycosolutions-ga on 22 Jul 2005 01:00 PDT
If your looking for a free way to copy the music files back onto a
hard-drive, make sure that you are displaying hidden folders. This is
accomplished by opening a folder, Going to Tools - Folder Options.
Click on the 'View' tab, and make sure you show hidden files and
folders. Once this is done, Open up your iPod drive from 'My
Computer', and you will see a folder called iPod_Control. Go into this
folder,  then click on the Music Folder, and use the copy & paste
method to get the music of out folders F00, F01, and F02. This is a
simple, and free way to copy music from your iPod to a hard-drive.
Note: You cannot copy music onto your iPod using the same method, it
must still be synced using iTunes or similar software.
Subject: Re: copying IPod onto a PC
From: ranch-ga on 23 Jul 2005 05:21 PDT
It's simple!

1) Ipod Options(Right Click on your iPod icon in iTunes) -> Select
"Ipod" tab -> "Set to Manually manage songs and playlists"

2) Then go to My Computer and now you can use your iPod like a
harddrive. Now You can drag and drop files!

Here is a sample screenshot:
Subject: Re: copying IPod onto a PC
From: matiasbaruch-ga on 23 Jul 2005 11:51 PDT
like RANCH-GA says, itīs simple, are you crazy, aru you a fucker or
something like that, itīs simple, the only think which you must do is
to drop your I POD throwugh the window, but the real solution is:
restart your PC, install WINAMP 5 and Kazaa Lite, beacuase these two
softwares have a driver that make possible to copy directly without
format your IPOD, now give me the money!, i help you!
Subject: Re: copying IPod onto a PC
From: mbear-ga on 24 Jul 2005 03:47 PDT

If you are looking to convert a MAC (HFS File System) formatted IPOD
into a format which is usable (readable) by a PC running Microsoft
Windows, then please refer to the following instructions:

This process requires Linux to be running on your computer (which can
be done using a boot-up CD such as the Knoppix Linux Distrobution
which is a free download).

This site lists commercial and free software for PCs and MACS and may
be of assistance.
Subject: Re: copying IPod onto a PC
From: lucanos-ga on 09 Aug 2005 05:44 PDT
Look no further than the suggestion from <b>jaycosolutions-ga</b>.
He hit the nail on the proverbial!
Subject: Re: copying IPod onto a PC
From: kevpatts-ga on 10 Aug 2005 03:54 PDT

jaycosolutions-ga will work (unless it's an apple formatted ipod), but
it's not very user friendly. The best free way to do it, which I do
often, is download EphPod (
install it and then hook up your iPod run it. go into settings and
change the string to copy files to your computer to something like
"%a\%l\%n - %t.mp3". This means when songs are copied to you hard
drive they'll be of the naming convention like:

c:\iPod Backup\Aerosmith\Nine Lives\01 - Crazy.mp3

etc. Once all are backed up you can wipe the ipod and drag the c:\iPod
Backup\ folder into iTunes.

The WINAMP 5 & Kazaa thing is bullshit.

ranch-ga's solution only works if the ipod is currently linked and
synchronised with your own iTunes, in which case there is not need to
make a backup as there already is one!

Anapod is good, but not free.

The hidden folders method is awkward, cause the files aren't named
correctly and are generally hard to find.

the use of the tutorial at is an
awkward way of doing this too. To use a MAC ipod in windows, simply
download MacOpener (
It's not free anymore though, but you can get a discount (through
EphPod) by going here:

Hope this answers you question.
Subject: Re: copying IPod onto a PC
From: zeodivide-ga on 13 Aug 2005 10:00 PDT
To do this, you need two things:

1) Search for "Sharepod" and download that. It's a program that you
copy onto your iPod via My Computer. When you run it, it will let you
copy music to and from the iPod and also allows you to create winamp
playlists from your current iTunes playlists. If you use this program
to export your music back to the PC instead of just copying songs from
the iPod to the computer after unhiding the music folders, you will be
able to retain the original filenames and everything without having to
deal with Apple's stupid naming method.

2) Also, you want to prevent iTunes from synching to your iPod and
erasing your music, from what it sounds. That's simple. Simply hold
down the "shift" and "ctrl" keys together before loading iTunes and
release it after it recognizes and mounts your iPod. The key
combination prevents iTunes from auto-synching and erasing your music.
Then, you can go to iPod options in iTunes to turn off autosynching

I hope this has helped. These are the methods that I use. Good luck.

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