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Mac was stolen - now I've lost my music - HELP!!

by shelby427uk / August 11, 2010 3:59 AM PDT

I bought a Macbook Pro last year, and have recently had the pleasure of it being taken from me. I am no longer in a position to spend another $1500 on a new one, and ended up just buying a cheap PC for $300. I never really used the Mac to it's potential, I only email, browse the net and watch movies - don't know really why i spent that much on the first place, but oh well.

Now i have a huge problem. I had collected CD's for years and had hundreds of albums. I got so aggravated with storing, cleaning and organizing them, that i bought a 160GB Ipod Classic at the same time as the computer and put them all on there. Sold the discs for quite a lot of money surprisingly, and was very happy with less clutter and instant playability of my music anywhere - Welcome to the 21'st century I know!

Now, when i connect the Ipod to my new computer it asks me to format to windows and says i will lose all of my files!! I have searched Google and got results for retrieving the files, but mine are all in Mac format and can not be read by windows!

How am i going to be able to recover my music? The thought of losing all that money makes me sick. Does anyone have a way to help me? Am i just going to have to find someone with a Mac to extract them for me? Once they are extracted, can they be transferred to a PC?

I guess this is one of the drawbacks of the digital age! Good job i didn't do the same with all of my old photo's!

Thanks in advance for any input

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No real loss?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 11, 2010 4:03 AM PDT

Since you sold the CDs didn't your license go with those CDs? Maybe we tempted fate here by doing that?

I've alerted this discussion because any help could be considered as those that help being an accessory to the theft.

Sorry but the moment you sold that CD you sold your license.
If you had destroyed them or they have been stolen from you that would have been different.

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No real loss?
by shelby427uk / August 11, 2010 4:09 AM PDT
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Awesome - thanks!

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While it is permitted,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 11, 2010 9:22 AM PDT
In reply to: No real loss?

legally, to backup your CD's & DVD's under the "Fair Use" clause, you have to be the owner of the original disks.
As Bob said, once you sold the disks you were no longer the owner of the disks.

You sold the disk, the license to copy them under the Fair Use clause and should destroy all copies of the original material.
The same applies to software that you have purchased and then sold.

I will lock this thread to remove temptation from unwary passers by.

However, if you feel you can make a compelling case, feel free to do so by clicking on the Report Offensive Post button and I will ensure that your argument goes to the CNET legal department for adjudiction.


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