Now that you know where your iPod stores media files, you can copy them back to your Mac. The easiest way to do this is to use the Finder to drag-and-drop the files to an appropriate location. I recommend copying them to a new folder on your desktop.
Use the Finder to Copy Files
- Right-click a blank area of your desktop and select 'New Folder' from the pop-up menu.
- Name the new folder iPod Recovered, or any other name that strikes your fancy.
- Drag the music files from your iPod to the iPod Recovered folder. These are the actual music files located on your iPod. They are usually in a series of folders named F0, F1, F2, etc., and will have names like BBOV.aif and BXMX.m4a. Open each of the F folders and use the Finder menu, Edit, Select All, and then drag the music files to your iPod Recovered folder.
The Finder will start the file copying process. This may take a while, depending on the amount of data on the iPod. Go have coffee (or lunch, if you have tons of files). When you come back, proceed to the next step.