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13th-Mar-2011 12:11 pm
of a techie nature. Sort of.

When my old laptop crashed, it took my iTunes library with it. I have the new laptop and I downloaded iTunes once again. Now, if I plug my iPod in to recharge (with all the songs I have on it), it's fine.

My question is...what would happen if I bought some songs - the first from my new iTunes library, and I plugged my iPod in to sync with it. Would it wipe out ALL my old songs while just leaving the ones I bought today? Or would it leave my collection on my iPod and just download the new ones?

I'm terrified of buying any new songs to download onto my iPod for fear of losing all my other ones. No one seems to know what would happen.

Anyone know?
13th-Mar-2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
I have no idea, but I would call the apple folks and ask before you do anything.
13th-Mar-2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
I will if I must but after getting my new laptop to 'talk' to the old modem with the help of some wonderfully nice folks from India, I was hoping to avoid that. :)

btw, I have NO problems remembering who you are. :P
13th-Mar-2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it will delete all of your current songs. But I'm not 100%. Just don't set it to sync, but manually manage your music and you should be fine. :)
13th-Mar-2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I knew if I asked my flist, someone would know more than me. :D

How do I get it to NOT sync? It does it automatically when I plug the iPod into my laptop.
13th-Mar-2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
If you haven't yet used your iPod with the iTunes on this computer, it will give you the option to sync or manually manage music when it starts up. If you have already connected it before, clicking on your device once its connected will also give you the option to change it.

Try opening iTunes without your iPod attached and go to help. Type in manually manage and it should bring you up all the info you'll need.

Good luck! :)
13th-Mar-2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
I did it!


*strangle hugs you*
13th-Mar-2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
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13th-Mar-2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
I asked Starbuck above, how do I set it NOT to sync automatically?

And thank you. :)
13th-Mar-2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Okay, I can't guarantee success, but try this: Open iTunes without connecting your iPod, click on the iTunes dropdown menu, then on the Preferences option (this might be different in Windows - just go to wherever your Preferences menu is). Within Preferences there is a tab called Devices. Go to that tab and check the box that says "prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from synching automatically" and click OK. You should then be able to connect your iPod to iTunes without it trying to synch.

Once you've connected the iPod to iTunes, you should then be able to select it in the menu on the left, and on the summary screen that comes up, under options, ensure the only box checked is "manually manage music and videos." That way you can control your iPod by drag and drop from the iTunes library rather than having to synch to get everything on there.

To get your music from your iPod to your computer, try this link: http://www.ehow.com/how_2187421_transfer-music-ipod-itunes.html
14th-Mar-2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! That link was a godsend to me! *hugs*
13th-Mar-2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
Also if you contact Apple customer service, I'm given to understand that they will give you a code that lets you download any song you've bought from them previously again for free. This happened to wildrider recently and she was able to get all her music back. Doesn't help for anything you got elsewhere, of course.
14th-Mar-2011 03:05 am (UTC)
Thank you. If my current remedy doesn't work, I may have to. It's good to know it's happened to someone else and Apple is willing to work with me. :)
13th-Mar-2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
I know nothing about this and I know you've already succeeded in adding your new music, but can't you copy your iPod music to your new laptop? Then you have the same music both places and can sync from now on? Or is it not possible to copy music *from* an iPod to a computer? Obviously, I don't have one so I don't know.
13th-Mar-2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
I managed to copy the music in my iPod to my desktop in a new folder, using the link that Littleheaven linked me to...but now I'm trying to figure out how to get the music from my desktop folder into my iTunes library.

I haven't had a problem saving music I've been sent in a file to the iTunes library before but for some reason (probably because I'm working with a severe idiot handicap), this is stumping me. But at least I got the music on my desktop. Baby steps and all. :D
13th-Mar-2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
I figured out how to do it! *dances*
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