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How to move music from ipod classic on to PC?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SpaceInvader75, Jul 16, 2017.

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  1. SpaceInvader75

    SpaceInvader75 Thread Starter

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    Windows does not recognize the ipod (I'm assuming this is due to the file system, but I am not certain). When I looked up the issue I found a solution that looked simple enough, by displaying hidden files, but in this case I don't think the PC is going to read anything. The only solution I could think of was to install OSX in a virtual machine. I've used a virtual machine for linux before, but getting OSX to work with it is no easy task, particularly since the computer I want to install it on uses an AMD processor. I found a guide on how to do it, but at the end VMWARE could not find the usb device (it kept waiting for the device). The problem is, that I am not sure how to tell where the error was made, due to the number of steps required.

    Is there an easier way? I am helping a friend, and he was worried about using TransMac to transfer his music (I'm not certain that would work, but I suggested he try it) because he is worried about losing his music. He said he could buy an older Mac for $200, but I said I would help him see if there was a more cost-efficient solution.
     
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  3. metallica5456

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    Did you have him download iTunes onto the PC? You should be able to pull it off using iTunes for PC.
     
  4. SpaceInvader75

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    I asked him about that but he said he doesn't get any option except to format the device. I'm not sure the process was as complicated as the guide that he referred me to. He was attempting to load OSX on a USB and then use third party software and edit the OS. And, according to a video I found, that shouldn't be necessary on newer AMD cpus. It might not be necessary, but I don't have an better ideas yet, except to use TransMac, and I think he is afraid of deleting his music.
     
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    Ah ok. I am sorry, I missed that part in your last post. Using an AMD CPU is going to make it almost impossible to use OSX.
     
  6. SpaceInvader75

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    OK. Is there anything else he could try?
     
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    I doubt it. I mean yes there's ways around it, but that would require high level knowledge of the kernel systems to bypass certain things and that's also something I don't think we would assist with here. I will request a Moderator to see what our options are for advice.
     
  8. SpaceInvader75

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    Thank you. I told him it might not work, but I guess he really wants to backup that music.
     
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    I would suggest he try another computer, maybe even a friend's Mac and another USB cable, iTunes should be all that is needed unless the iPod or USB cable is faulty.

    Apple is very strict on using OSX, it must be used only on Apple hardware, using it on a standard PC either directly or in a virtual environment is prohibited by Apple and no assistance can be given on these forums based on that.
     
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  10. SpaceInvader75

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    OK. I understand if they don't allow their OS on computers they don't sell. Maybe there is a problem with the cable or the device. I think I've honestly spent too much time on this already, but that was one of the few options I could think of (if I had a MacBook I would help him) to save him $200 or so, because if he buys a $200 Mac he's probably not going to use it for much else. But thank you for your help.
     
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    I loath Apple and their whole iTunes ecosystem. The only reason why I have an iPod is because BMW chose to put more development work on their Infotainment system with Apple versus Android. I don't buy music digitally. I buy music on physical medium. I spent quite some time ripping music to my old iPod Touch (gen 1) and decided to upgraded to the latest Touch a few months ago. You would think it'll be simple to move my music files over from the old Touch to the new one. Nope. iTunes refuses to do this because the music files are not controlled by the iTunes DRM. I had to jump through hoops to finally figure out how to move the files. Even after moving the files, I lost all my album art and can't even update the missing album art.

    I just don't understand why people still support this terrible restrictive system.
     
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  12. SpaceInvader75

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    I just bought a Philips mp3 player. It was a better deal than a similar ipod. It eventually broke but I never had any problems with transferring my music before that. If I get another one I'm definitely not going to get and ipod. The main reason I've never owned an Apple product is that I think they're overpriced. But I suspect I'd have less problems with OSX than I do with Windows. lol
     
  13. plodr

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    I just bought my 4th mp3 player and it is the 3rd SanDisk model. The three we have still work but some day the battery won't hold a charge so it won't be portable. That's why I bought another player. (y) The Clip+ cost about $30 each. The 3rd player was given to me and it is a store brand for Office Max/Depot. The Clip Zip I just bought was $30. I too don't believe in spending the $$$$ that Apple wants for the iPod and then be forced to either use iTunes or go searching for a 3rd party program.
    Simple drag and drop to move files back and forth through Windows Explorer works for me.
    They also have a microsd slot so I have music loaded on that too.
     
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    I don't use an iPhone and I refuse to install iTunes on any hardware I own.

    So I have no idea how you transfer files from an iPhone to a computer.
     
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