But what if this computer with which you sync the iPod dies? All the content on your iPod is at stake, because syncing it with another computer will erase everything. Ah, poor lonely iPod. So keep reading to see how you can sync your iPod with a new computer without the risk of losing data. This is the first part of the guide, more focused on iPods Shuffle, Nano, Classic.
Your scenario can be either: Or, you simply want to move your entire iTunes library to a new computer and eliminate the risk of losing everything when you sync with it. However, moving the iTunes library to another computer is not as difficult as it seems, since you have the original host computer up and running, so you can get stuff out of it. Apple has detailed instructions for that, so have a look at them. But all is not lost.
You might have different types of content on your iPod, depending upon the model. But retrieval of almost every type of data is possible. Attach the iPod, open iTunes if it is not open already. A window will open asking for your Apple ID and Password. Enter the required information and click Authorize. Instead, it is the music or videos that you probably ripped from CDs or obtained from some other source. If you have both iTunes-downloaded and ripped music, this method is more preferable, since it will recover everything.
In such a case, third party utilities come to the rescue. There are several paid and free utilities for recovering music from a stranded iPod. We will have a look at the free ones. SharePod is a very useful, free utility. Plug in your iPod and open SharePod. Make sure iTunes is not running or it will prompt you to close it. Looks like SharePod is no longer a free option.
SharePod will readily detect the iPod and all the content on it, including songs and videos. However, in case of videos, you might not be able to identify whether the selected item is a music file or a video. Once recovered, you can view the videos as well. SharePod will now ask you where to save the files. Specify a path, and you can also specify how the recovered media is to be categorized. You can select a different categorization format if you want to.
Finally, click Ok to start extracting media from your iPod. Once the process is complete, you can navigate to the specified location to see all your music there. Now, all the content that was on your iPod is on your new computer as well. Now you can import it into iTunes, and let iTunes sync it to your iPod. Nothing will be lost. Mac Users can use a free program called Senuti. There was a time Senuti used to be free and open-source , and you can find the older version here. It has almost the same interface and features as SharePod.
However, the destination folder can be changed from the preferences panel. No hiccups, iTunes will accept you iPod for sure. We just enabled the new computer to sync with your iPod.
So, did we recover everything? Did we lose any data? Who said syncing your iPod with another computer was risky? There are several other methods of achieving the same results, this guide only highlights a couple of those methods. Let us know in the comments if you have ideas on the same subject. And stay tuned for Part-2 of this guide, syncing an iOS device with another computer.