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Old 02-06-2012, 03:37 PM
 
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It's been a few years since I lost my iPod AND mac during a move. When I had come around to unpacking.. laptop is completely nonworking. I have other computers yes, but that was my only mac. My iPod was formatted to that laptop and not a windows format. Now... with that laptop broken, I have to reformat the iPod to windows... yadayadayada.
My problem now is... all 3,000+ music that was on it was ripped from cds before I had sold them. Now if I reformat it... I no longer have the music. I also have a couple tv episodes and a couple movies on there too. So those will be lost forever. sadface.
My question is (though I already know the answer..) am I able to keep the information on the ipod and put it back after I restore it?
Since everyone knows that I cant just click a few folders and copy stuff and replace it later.
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Wilsonville, OR
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If it's a 5th Gen iPod, you can always RockBox it and then use it like a removable storage device.

Rockbox - Free Music Player Firmware
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Wasilla Alaska
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It's been a few years since I lost my iPod AND mac during a move. When I had come around to unpacking.. laptop is completely nonworking. I have other computers yes, but that was my only mac. My iPod was formatted to that laptop and not a windows format. Now... with that laptop broken, I have to reformat the iPod to windows... yadayadayada.
My problem now is... all 3,000+ music that was on it was ripped from cds before I had sold them. Now if I reformat it... I no longer have the music. I also have a couple tv episodes and a couple movies on there too. So those will be lost forever. sadface.
My question is (though I already know the answer..) am I able to keep the information on the ipod and put it back after I restore it?
Since everyone knows that I cant just click a few folders and copy stuff and replace it later.
Well if you sold all of the CD's that you had ripped, then you don't own the original copy anymore and those copies on the iPod aren't legal anymore, near as I can figure anyway, if you can find a way to legally say they are then more power to you. An analogy (albeit imperfect, but you get the point) would be something like breaking in to a car that you sold to retrieve the CD player after the sale. If I'm wrong feel free to correct me here, things get complicated because you can have one purchased copy of a song from iTunes saved on your iPod, iPhone, and other Apple devices and that's peachy, but you still own the "original" that you bought, rendering the others "backup copies". I'm not a lawyer, but I've worked for some, and if you were a customer I wouldn't even consider pulling those files off of your iPod for you, I'd give you the above advice to let you make an informed decision and do as you please.

That being said I don't think it's a formatting issue, you should just need to authorize the windows install of iTunes to your iTunes account that you had already set up. You can authorize several computers to play your library. Once you've done that you should have the option to "Import Purchased Media" or something to that effect. Meaning that everything you bought from the iTunes store will be transferred to the Windows PC. It doesn't work with ripped CD's IIRC (only for items purchased through the iTunes store), but as I said above that is probably a good thing from the legality standpoint. I'm not 100% sure on how far back their data goes, but I know that nowadays you are eligible to re-download anything that you have purchased from the iTunes store for free.
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