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Sometimes, the easiest way to get something done is to pay attention and read the directions. Approximately two months ago, I did a clean install on my computer to help clean up the hard drive and eliminate minor accumulated errors. Of course I backed up my data, but not the programs for which I knew I had the install disks. After reinstalling everything, I still didn't have BBEdit back ( a lovely text editor) and I learned that iTunes does not include functionality for copying music FROM your iPod TO your hard drive.

The iTunes problem seemed easily solved. There were plenty of utilities listed on iPod Lounge to solve that very problem, so I read reviews and downloaded a recommended one, iPodRip. I was in a hurry that day - I ran the program, but after a few minutes, it was still working on the first song, so I put that project aside to another day when I had more time. A few weeks later, I found my misplaced system install disks and reinstalled many useful utilities, such as Graphic Converter and Snapz Pro, but BBEdit was no where in sight. Then I went away for a few weeks of travelling and then I was busy writing and then I travelled some more. I didn't do any website updates since it's a pain without BBEdit.

Yesterday, I ran iPodRip again. After ten minutes it was still on the first song and this time I read the instructions. "May take up to 15 minutes to copy your whole iPod". Clearly the apparently slowness (read: nonfunctionality) was actually a problem, not just inherent slowness. I emailed support. Meanwhile, since I was working on long-standing problems, I investigated BBEdit. $179??!! I wasn't going to pay that for another licensed copy of a text editor. So I looked in my preferences file to find out what version I'd had, so I could scout out an old one... and suddenly all was clear. I'd never had a licensed version! I had BBEdit Lite, the freeware version, from back when it was still made! And I could still download it from other sites! I have BBEdit again!!

Today, tech support emailed me back, and now I have all my iPod songs back on my hard drive again too. Happy ending.

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tisiphone
Jul. 8th, 2004 02:45 am (UTC)
Apparently the easiest solution to copying from iPod to Mac is to mount the iPod as an external drive and simply copy it - I can ask my bf for directions if you like?
owlfish
Jul. 8th, 2004 06:32 am (UTC)
To do that, I would at least have to use a program which makes hidden files visible (they're readily available), if not one of these utilities, as Mac hides all the music files in an invisible database. When the drive is mounted, all I can immediately see are any of the files I've copied over when using my iPod as a firewire hard drive - nor was there anything visible before those were copied over.

Also, I have a niggling memory that says if you just copy the files over, you lose all the identity data (track name, artist, album) as that's all in the database, but that's from distant memory so might be wrong.
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