Before syncing your content, consider using iCloud, Apple Music, or similar services to keep content from your Mac or PC in the cloud. This way, you can access your music, photos, and more on your iOS devices when you aren't near your computer. Learn more about using Apple Music or iCloud Photos instead of your computer. Sync with Finder If you're using macOS Mojave or earlier or a PC Sync with iTunes Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement.
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Join , subscribers and get a daily digest of news, geek trivia, and our feature articles. 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.
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To start the conversation again, simply ask a new question. I stored my iTunes library on my external hard drive, which held music purchased through iTunes, other sources, and personal music files. My external hard drive recently broke. I will have to rebuild my library, but I have some things I'd like to add to my iPod.
If your computer has crashed, if you've purchased a new computer or if you're plugging your iPod into your friend's computer, when you sync your iPod, you risk losing all your music. However, by letting the computer know that the music on the iPod should transfer to the computer, you preserve your music, which can ameliorate the pain of your computer crash or make it easier to set up a new computer. Plug the iPod into the provided USB cable and connect it with your computer. Click the icon for your iPod located on the left side of iTunes. If your computer displays an error message asking you to reformat your iPod, your iPod won't work in Windows as it is formatted for Mac computers; you may still transfer the music, but you will need to download a third-party application to do so. Under the "Advanced Settings," choose the option to "Show hidden files, folders, and drives," and then the "OK" button. This makes the hidden files and folders on the iPod available for viewing. The transfer proces may take some time if you're transferring a large number of music files. Select the iPod folders again, right-click them and select "Properties. In iTunes, sync your iPod.