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COPY IPOD MUSIC BACK TO YOUR MAC

The Annoyance:

iTunes copies data one-way only, from the Mac to the iPod. The music and playlist files are hidden on the iPod, so there is no way to manually move them back to my Mac. In fact, after my hard disk failed and I reformatted it, iTunes wanted to erase my iPod instead of moving the files back to the Mac. This is a real shame, because the iPod is would be a natural backup device for the gigabytes of music stored on my Mac.

The Fix:

Blame this one on the lawyers. Apple needed the music industry's permission to sell their songs online; the music industry doesn't want people to be able to share music files. Lawyers met. The result is that you can't use your iPod to copy music to all of your friends' Macs or PCs. This made the lawyers happy, but it means that you-the person who actually paid for the music-can't restore your music library or playlists to your Mac after a hard disk failure-at least, not without the assistance of some third-party software.


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