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Need help understanding mp3 players.

by spirro7 / May 2, 2010 12:01 AM PDT

I've had an ipod and had my computer crash having to start all over, twice. Reloading 40gb of music is no fun at all.

Do any other mp3's have the ability to load from the mp3 to the computer in case of a crash??

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Give it a try.
by ahtoi / May 2, 2010 3:38 AM PDT

nothing venture nothing gain.

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that's why we back up
by ktreb / May 3, 2010 8:52 AM PDT

Backing up your entire digital library, including the iTunes data files makes recovery so much easier. External hard drive or the cloud. Both probably better, though I use 2 hds.

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Sony Walkman, Sansa
by make_or_break / May 5, 2010 1:46 AM PDT

You can use a file browser to recover song files from those devices. Believe you can do the same with Cowon, Creative, Samsung as well.

Recovering files off an iPod in the past has been easy for me, though I admit I haven't done it in a while.

I recall that Apple does rename all the song files on the player to some nondescript gibberish, but you can still copy everything off the device using a simple file browser like File Explorer and then let iTunes to all the rest of the heavy lifting. Just connect an iPod to your computer as a USB device, then use the file manager of your choice to find the hidden folder that contains all the songs. Copy all the contents of the folder into a temp folder in your intended music directory on the computer. Disconnect the iPod once that's done and start iTunes. Then tell your freshly installed version of iTunes to add all the songs in that temp folder into the iTunes library. iTunes then will use the metadata embedded in the songs and recreate all the artist folders/album subfolders, rename the songs to match whatever setting you have for song names and place the files in the correct folders. All you have to do is kick back and let iTunes do its thing. Overnight always worked best for me. Minimal fuss for me, and usually ZERO editing and organizing.

I've done this a number of times on my various computers I've had at work, where I decided to use iTunes on the PC rather than my iPod to listen with, either through speakers or the cheap headset I leave there. Then I don't have to remember every morning about bringing my iPod along.

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External Hard Drive
by run_va / May 10, 2010 2:16 AM PDT

As others have pointed out, using an external hard drive is one of best ways to back up all of you music files and makes the recovery process much easier. You can usually find pretty good deals on them now.

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