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.
A quick note before we begin: If you're using iTunes 7 or later, refer to How to Transfer Purchased Content From Your iPod to Your Mac, for an easier method that's built into iTunes.
If you're using iTunes 9 or later refer to How to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac, for a manual method that works with your Mac and iTunes 9.x or later.
If you're using OS X Lion and iTunes 10 or later refer to Copy iPod Music to Your Mac Using OS X Lion and iTunes 10.
If you're using an older version of iTunes, read on for the manual method of transferring content from your iPod back to your Mac.
What You Need
- An iPod with your content intact.
- A Mac in fully operational condition.
- An iPod syncing cable.