I advise that you close down as many applications as possible as the files we are going to access can potentially corrupt all the music on your iPod. This is not a big deal if have it backed up somewhere, just simply format and start over, but it is a hassle.
The music on your iPod is in mp3 or equivalent format, pertaining to the format it was loaded on in. So why can't you see the files? They're hidden... simple as that. Here's how to get the files off and correct their names, etc.
*If the computer does not have iTunes, then you can jump to step 2)
1a) Set up with another iPod
If the computer you are connecting to has a registered iPod
, plug that one in first, and in iTunes got to Edit\Prefrences
tab, and under music
. Check the box for disk use
you will be warned about manual ejecting.. blah, blah.. click yes or OK
Under the same menu select the second raio button option Automatically update selected playlists only
, and do not select any
1b) Set up without another iPod, but computer has iTunes
If the computer does not have a registered iPod, i suggest simply uninstalling iTunes, to avoid the hassle, but if you do not wish to, you can do the following:
First, open iTunes (if the computer has it) and click edit\prefrences
*You will now need to connect the iPod. (this next part requires you to be quick as iTunes will attempt to update the music on the iPod *If this is not your computer*)
quickly do the same steps as 1a
selecting selected playlists only
radio button and check the hard disk use
*You MUST be quick or the update will attempt to erase the iPod... defeating the purpose.
2) Change view settings
Now that the hard part is done, go to your My Computer
or Mac equivalent. Select Tools\Folder Options
click the View
tab and choose the radio button labeled show hidden and system files
*I know there is a MAC equivalent.. i just don't have the options and tabs memorized as well.
3) Get the Music!
Open the new drive which has appeared (it will have the name you gave your iPod).
There will likely be a non-hidden folder called music
. There are mp3s in this folder, which are not managed by iTunes for some reason, but the bulk of the music will be in another place.
move through the folders: iPod_Control\Music
In this folder are a bunch of folders labelled F##
where the ## are numbers. each of these folders contains a certain amount of music, so copy them all.
This will take a few minutes depeding on the size of your iPod.
**DO NOT do anything with the computer that could endanger the data, the files were not meant to be copied this way so corruption is possible.. though i've never had it happen.**
Now that the files are on the PC or MAC, what now? They all look like ARCX
or something else equally ridiculous, but not to worry, the ID3 tags are still intact!!
Simply open the files in iTunes, Winamp or what have you and they are labelled correctly!
If you REALLY want the files named correctly and sorted artists, album, etc. (you will need iTunes for this)
4) Fix Horrible Names
Open iTunes and select Edit\Prefrences
choose the Advanced
tab. Here check the box Keep iTunes music Folder Organized
and Copy music to iTunes music folder when adding to library
. Add the files and instantly your files are renamed correctly and sorted for you!!
*I was aprehensive when i first started trying to do this... playing with an iPod in ways in which it was not originally intended can be a little unerving, and expensive if a mistake were to happen. But remember you are messing with software, and software can be erased and replaced
Plus you are dealing with a second computer, in a few freak accidents i've seen... a computer either without iTunes or one which is not registered with the problematic iPod was needed to format the little bugger, but it can still be done.
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-William. § (marvin_gohan)