Imagine a situation: your computer crashed and you lost all your music. If you do not have a backup, you will have to spend several hours re-downloading all the music in iTunes.
Fortunately, you can restore music from your iPod. And you don’t even need to use special programs for this. The only thing you can’t recover is playlists, ratings and the number of plays.
In this article, we’ll show you how to recover music from your iPod using Windows. Recovery for Mac and Linux computers is different and not covered in this article. Please carefully follow the instructions given.
Method 1 - delete music with iTunes sync
- To remove music from your iPod by synchronizing with your PC, you need to turn on the device or unlock the screen and enter the iTunes app.
- Then the iPod is connected to the personal computer using a cable. After that, a menu will appear on the screen in which you can change the synchronization settings.
- In this case, the method of synchronization with iPod will be used to delete music. In the latest version of iTunes 11.0, the desired icon is located in the upper corner of the screen to the right, in earlier versions it is located in the "Devices" section. After that, select the item “Handling music manually”, the system will ask for confirmation again. It is necessary to confirm the processing and save the changes by clicking on the commandApply. If the manual file processing command has already been enabled, synchronization will happen automatically.
- After synchronization is complete, you can delete songs by going to the section “On this device”. The tab is selected in it. "Music"where all the files you are looking for are located.
- If you want to delete only one song, you need to click on the file and clickDelete on the PC keyboard or use the uninstall via the context menu. In either case, the system will ask for a second confirmation of actions, which can be done by clicking on the command"OK", after which the composition is deleted.
If you want to erase all the songs or most of them, the procedure remains the same, except that you need to select several files at once. This is possible using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift. This method allows you to delete tracks from the device’s memory and from the iTunes list.
Method 2 - Delete Music Directly from iPod
Deleting media files directly from the gadget is only possible if the device has a touch screen. However, this method is not suitable for all iPod models, but only for earlier versions. The way to delete media files directly from the gadget is simpler, since it does not require connecting the device to a PC or downloading auxiliary applications.
Uninstall via the Music app
To delete media files through the Music application, which is located in the main menu, you need to find the corresponding track in the application list. In this case, deletion is performed using the additional menu, which is called by clicking on the ellipsis icon to the right of each song. In the menu that appears, just select Delete, and the song disappears from the list.
Sign in to Apple Music with Apple ID and turn on iCloud Music Library
After you sign in to Apple Music using your Apple ID and turn on your iCloud music library, you’ll automatically have access to music on all devices. Manually synchronizing music is not required.
Access to the Apple Music collection with HomePod will be possible after setting up the device.
Apple Music features may vary by country or region. Learn more about what's available in your country or region.
If you are not subscribed to Apple Music
- You can re-download purchases from the iTunes Store to your iOS device or computer. Even if the item was purchased on an iPhone, it can be reloaded onto a Mac.
- You can manually sync music to your iOS device using iTunes on your computer via a USB cable or Wi-Fi network. Manual synchronization copies content from one device to another. For example, when you sync an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with a computer to your device, all the music selected in iTunes on the computer is copied (if it is not already there). Your music collection is stored locally on all your devices, and you can listen to it without connecting to a Wi-Fi network or the Internet.
What happens to the music that was already on your devices after signing up for Apple Music?
When signing up for Apple Music for the first time, we identify the songs that are on your iOS device or computer and compare them with the Apple Music catalog.
- Songs purchased from the iTunes Store are automatically available in the Apple Music Library when you use the same Apple ID used to purchase these songs on Apple Music.
- If your version of the song is in the Apple Music catalog, it will be available on all your devices while the subscription is in effect.
- If you cannot match specific songs from your collection with songs from the Apple Music catalog, use iTunes on your Mac or PC to send copies of the songs to iCloud Music Library. Once sent, you can access them on all your devices.
If you have music from sources other than Apple Music or the iTunes Store on your iOS device or computer
- A music library can contain up to 100,000 songs. Songs purchased from the iTunes Store are not counted.
- Only songs less than 200 MB in size and less than 2 hours in length are added to the iCloud Library.
- Songs in ALAC, WAV or AIFF format are converted to AAC format with a bit rate of 256 Kbps and are added to the iCloud library as such. The original music files remain unchanged on a Mac or PC.
- We don’t add songs in AAC or MP3 format that do not meet certain quality criteria to the iCloud library.
- To add DRM-protected songs to your iCloud library, you must first authorize your Mac or PC.
Apple Music is not a backup service. Do not forget to back up data on iOS devices and Mac or PC computers to save your music and other information in case of replacement, loss or damage to the device.
Voice recordings saved on your iOS device or iTunes library on your Mac or PC are not sent to iCloud Library.