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Lost my iTunes library... can I get it back? - July 18th 2009, 10:25 PM

My old computer was a Dell Inspiron 1520. I had my iPod Touch G2 (purchased new, in December 08) synched with my iTunes library on that computer (which consisted of something like 2000 songs).

In April of this year, my Inspiron crashed... I saved all of my files on to an external hard drive. I reinstalled the operating system (Windows Vista) and all the programs on to the Inspiron, so it was like I was starting from new. I plugged the external hard drive into the Inspiron. I had no problem finding all my text and picture files, however, my iTunes library seemed to be... gone.

I recently got a Dell Latitude E6500 (I'm using it for the first time today). I still have all 2000 or so songs on my iPod, but I'd like to listen to my music on my computer, too (I have some of it backed up on CDs, but not all of it!). Is there any way to get my iTunes library back? I'm worried that if I just plug my iPod in to my computer, I'll lose all the songs on my iPod (since won't the iPod sync with the iTunes library on my computer?- which is, as of now, empty). What will happen if I plug my iPod into my Latitude? Will I lose all of my songs?

If there is a way to get my iTunes library back (as in, get it from my iPod to my Latitude) I would GREATLY appreciate it if someone could tell me what to do! The songs that are on CDs, I could easily rip on to the computer... but is there a way to get those songs that were purchased on iTunes (and never burned to a CD) on to my computer (the Dell Latitude)? Please help!


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Re: Lost my iTunes library... can I get it back? - July 19th 2009, 12:41 AM

There are ways to copy your whole iTunes library back to your computer from your iPod. A few applications to recover your iTunes library are for example:

iPod to Computer (http://download.cnet.com/iPod-to-Com...html?tag=mncol)

iPod->folder 1.2 (http://download.cnet.com/iPod-Folder...html?tag=mncol) [note: this one is free but just copies your music back to a folder. It doesn't put it back into iTunes, you'll have to do that yourself.]

I just looked these up in a few minutes, but there are probably a lot better apps out there. I'm not into Windows so maybe others know better apps.


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Re: Lost my iTunes library... can I get it back? - July 19th 2009, 12:39 PM

You say you backed up all the files on the hard drive... Now I assume you've done this, but just to make sure, you searched your external HD for music... and if you do find it there... to play it in Itunes, you need to go to File > Add to library... And select your songs, if not do what was previously suggested (:



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Re: Lost my iTunes library... can I get it back? - July 21st 2009, 01:30 AM

I ended up using something called "Sharepod" (recommended on another website) which basically copied the files from the iPod to the iTunes library. It worked, so yay!


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Re: Lost my iTunes library... can I get it back? - July 21st 2009, 12:29 PM

Yay! Good to know your music got back safely. Since the problem has been solved, I'm going to close this.


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