If you have more than just downloaded or purchased content in your itunes library and you need to get it back from an ipod due to computer fail or stolen laptop etc , please read on .
Basically you cant normally use your iphone or ipod to reload your computer with your songs or store a backup with/on the ipod / iphone etc .
You can get back your address book info and calender as this can be synced to the new Mac setup .
In future always use the built in backups in itunes and iphoto applications for keeping a up to date backup , save to a DVD and store in a safe place .
There are a few ways to get the songs off of your iphone / ipod , if it is jail broken and unlocked . but this is not 100% trusted method and will invalidate your warranty and possibly brake the phone for use in itunes normally , i would not try to do this .. because of the legal issues , i cant give you direction on how to do this either .
However , please follow this link to read about the options that will possibly suit your predicament . I.e your music is on your iphone / ipod and you have lost your computer , backup and files altogether .
This application for both Mac & PC should help retrieve all your data , also there is a free trial so you can check its what you need before paying:)
we need to use an application to fetch the data off the ipod .
More options here :-
Important . Do not plug in the iphone , ipad , ipod to the computers USB yet.
The folder where iTunes backups data are stored on the computer varies depending on the computer's operating system.
iTunes places the backup files in the following places:
Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
To quickly access the Application Data folder, click Start, and choose Run.
Type %appdata% and click OK.
Vista and Windows 7: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
To quickly access the AppData folder, click Start. In the search bar, type %appdata% and press the Return key.
Go to the backup location above and copy/paste all the backup files to a different location folder on your desktop etc .
Go to the preferences in iTunes , For Windows iTunes , Edit menu , Preferences ,
Then click the Devices tab,
Turn off the option to sync automatically. Close the prefs .
Quit itunes .
Mac senuti :-
And install , and use the tool to recover ipod data and follow instructions to recover .
More Software choices..
More options here and Windows Explorer desktop windows instructions to access files on using windows :-
Ok once things are fixed up and back to normal , iTunes is working fine and all songs are copied back to the iTunes music library folder , make a backup See File menu , Library , Backup..
If you need more help please ask .
Good to know:)
Itunes home sharing .
Things are changing as iTunes moves cloud based. . "online streaming , downloads " for your own music etc , see new iTunes updates for this possibly soon to come new share option.. see info for newest iTunes 10 and iOS 5.1 + iCloud.
iPod sync is one way in most cases , although.
How to share?
In iTunes try using the File menu and transfer purchases from iPod /iPhone , to the second Mac or PC .
You my need to Authorize the computer to share your music and downloads at which point you will be asked for your apple ID and password XXXXX
Purchases on the iPod /iPhone will be copied to iTunes .
Sync the iPod / iPhone so all music and data is current.
If you have music from a different computer , make sure it is shared with the second computer using home sharing .
Once the music and data is shared across all computers and iPod / iPhone , then you can remove the computer that is not being used anymore .
See Deauthorize computer in the Store menu , and turn off sharing for this computer as below.
More on home sharing:
There is a home sharing option built in to iTunes 9 onward . Please use Apple software update if needed to upgrade iTunes to the latest version.
You can use this option to share the music in the home place network .
Sharing your iTunes library across computers
If your computer is connected to other computers over a local network, you can share items in your library with up to five of those computers.
While your computer is on and iTunes is open, others in your network can play your shared items, but shared items can’t be imported into others’ libraries.
If you want to import items from other iTunes libraries on other computers in your home, you can turn on Home Sharing.
You can use Home Sharing with up to five computers.
To use Home Sharing, you must have an iTunes Store account.
Sharing is intended for personal use only.
To share your library with other computers on your local network:
Choose iTunes > Preferences, click Sharing, and select “Share my library on my local network.”
Select the items you want to share.
To require users to enter a password XXXXX they can see your shared items, select “Require password” and enter a password.
If you choose to share your entire library, its name appears in the iTunes window (below Shared) on other local computers set up to look for shared libraries.
To change the name others see, choose iTunes > Preferences, click General, and type a new name in the Library Name field.
To turn off sharing:
Choose iTunes > Preferences and then click Sharing.
Deselect “Share my library on my local network.”
To import items from other libraries using Home Sharing:
Choose Advanced > Turn On Home Sharing.
Type your iTunes account name and password, and then click Create Home Share.
Using the same user name and password, repeat steps 1 and 2 on each computer.
To import items from another computer, select the computer (below Shared), and drag items from its library to yours.
To automatically import iTunes Store items that are downloaded to a computer you’re Home Sharing with, select “Automatically import new purchases from [Computer Name].”
To turn off Home Sharing:
On each computer, choose Advanced > Turn Off Home Sharing.
You can share movies; radio station links; and MP3, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, and AAC files. You can’t share programs purchased from Audible.com or QuickTime sound files.
You can also find this info in iTunes help , launch iTunes , use the top screen help menu , select iTunes help , search for home sharing.
Once you are shared across all you computers and Authorized , and Deauthorized if needed "if a computer is not used any more or to be sold" ..
If you have music on a second PC that is imported via audio CDs or downloads or your own music etc and you don't want to Authorize the other computer .
Just burn an MP3 CD/s and copy the music to the iTunes folder by adding the music to the iTunes library , check import settings in iTunes preferences . Or use home sharing to copy via itunes.
Be aware of copyright on music and other MP3 or video content , also convert WMA "Windows media audio files" files to MP3 or AAC for use on Mac if moving files from a PC , this can be done in the iTunes import settings , choose a WMA file in the iTunes library window , use right mouse button on the selected audio file and select Make MP3 Version or convert to MP3 AAC , the setting is made for conversion / import in the iTunes preference , please ask if help is required.
knowing all this info will help you understand how everything works ,some of the info would be a one off such as getting back data from the ipod devices etc if needed , I hope this helps .