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How to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac

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How to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac: Identify the iPod's Music Files
How to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac

Your iPod's music files will have some very strange names.

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Now that you've told the Finder to display all hidden files, you can use it to locate your media files and copy them to your Mac.

Where's the Music?

  1. Double-click the iPod icon on your desktop or click the iPod's name in a Finder window's sidebar.

  2. Open the iPod Control folder.

  3. Open the Music folder.

The Music folder contains your music as well as any movie or video files you've copied to your iPod. You may be surprised to discover that the folders and files in the Music folder aren't named in any easily discernable manner. The folders represent your various playlists; the files in each folder are the media files, music, audio books, podcasts, or videos associated with that particular playlist.

Fortunately, even though the file names don't contain any recognizable information, the internal ID3 tags are all intact. As a result, any application that can read ID3 tags can sort the files out for you. (Not to worry; iTunes can read ID3 tags, so you need look no further than your own computer.)

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