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How to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac

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How to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac
An Apple employee holds a new iPod Touch at an Apple Special Event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts September 1, 2010.
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There are few things that Mac users dread more than the sudden loss of data, whether it's from a failed hard drive or the accidental deletion of files. No matter how you lose your files, you'll be glad you've been performing regular backups.

What? You don't have any backups, and you just accidentally deleted some of your favorite tunes and videos from your Mac? Well, all may not be lost, at least not if you've been keeping your iPod synced with your desktop iTunes library. If so, your iPod can serve as your backup. By following these instructions, you should be able to copy your music, movies, and videos from your iPod to your Mac, and then add them back to your iTunes library.

What You Need to Transfer iPod Music to Your Mac

  • An iPod, with your music and other content intact.

  • A Mac with iTunes 9.x or later.

  • An iPod USB/syncing cable. The specific type depends on the iPod or iPhone you're using.

A quick note: Need instructions for a different version of iTunes or OS X? Then take a look at: Restore Your iTunes Music Library by Copying the Music From Your iPod.

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