How to Recover MP3s for Your iPod

by Will Conley
ITunes backs up and restores all models of iPod.

ITunes backs up and restores all models of iPod.

When it comes to recovering MP3s for your iPod, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of lost digital music files. If somehow the MP3s on your iPod are ever erased, you can simply plug your iPod into a computer on which your iTunes library is housed and restore the iPod from its last backup. ITunes backs up your iPod every time you sync it, but it does not hurt to back it up manually on occasion.

Backing Up MP3s for Your iPod

1

Open iTunes.

2

Connect your iPod to your computer.

3

Wait for iTunes to display the name of your iPod in the left menu.

4

Right-click the name of your iPod and select "Back Up."

5

Wait for iTunes to back up your iPod.

6

Eject your iPod.

Recovering MP3s for Your iPod

1

Open iTunes and connect your iPod to your computer.

2

Right-click the name of your iPod in the left menu and select "Restore from Backup."

3

Select from the drop-down box the iPod name for which you want to recover MP3s.

4

Click "Restore." Wait for iTunes to restore your iPod settings.

5

Click "Music" to select MP3s to recover for your iPod, and then click "Apply."

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About the Author

Will Conley's writing has appeared in print and online since 1999. Publication venues include Salon.com, SlashGear.com, National Journal, Art New England, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Daily and ThisBlogRules.com. Will studied journalism at the University of Minnesota. He is working on four fiction and nonfiction books.

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