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Without an iPod Rip/Transfer Application:

Here's a way to quickly get files off a PC iPod without any extra software.

Plug your iPod or iPhone into your computer.

From the Desktop, go to My Computer and find the iPod

(usually designated by a drive letter. i e. E: or F:) Open it

Go to Tools > Folder Options > View (the tab) > scroll to Show Hidden Files and Folders and click it.

Click OK

Go back to your iPod folder/drive, there you will find a new folder called iPod_Control

Open it.

The Music folder in it will have a bunch of folders named F00, F01 and so on. (usually three folders)
THEY HAVE YOUR MP3s AND VIDEOS. Look through the folders to find your stuff.

Note: These files are renamed to something you may not recognize, so to know the name of the song, view the ID3 tags of the file.

You can also use the Search utility in Windows and search for a particular file on your iPod. Make sure you specify to search in Hidden Files or Folders. This solution requires no extra software, just some Creative thinking!

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Re: How to Copy Music Off of Your iPod/iPhone using windows ...

I've used a variation on option one. I had already made hidden files visible. From iTunes I went to add folder. Then navigated to my iPod, the the music folder and hit go. It imported all of my music and movies into iTunes and back into my iTunes folder in My Music. Not all of it worked right. Several tracks kept the odd naming structure that the iPod used. So a bunch of songs had names like HAGD.mp3.

For option two you don't need a trial version. Get Floola or Ephpod. Ephpod is older but fairly stable. Floola is newer and my personal choice. It's not too hard to use and will transfer your songs with metadata and proper name intact. Both are free. Floola is cross platform and works in Windows XP, Vista and 7. Mac. Linux. Although 64 bit Linux never worked for me no matter what I tried. Ephpod doesn't like iPods that are full or too close to full. Scroll down on the Ephpod page for the DL.

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