Question: I just lost my ipod that had a ton of songs on it. So now I have to buy those songs all over again and load them on my new ipod! Is there a way for me to backup these songs I'm buying, so that if my ipod goes belly up again then I won't lose my music investment?
Answer: Wow, sorry to hear that you lost all those tunes - that can be really expensive!
iTunes does have a built-in backup feature, but it requires you to use a recordable CD for each album. You can access this feature by selecting the songs you want to back up, and then selecting the "File" - "Back Up To Disc" menu in iTunes.
That'll convert your mp3 songs to audio format that you can play from a CD or DVD player, but you'll burn through a LOT of discs for several gigs of music files that live on most ipods.
A more ideal solution would be to back up all of your ipod music to a single location on your computer, and preferably an external hard drive.
MediaPilot has a slick backup feature that lets you backup all of your ipod music to a single location on your hard drive. No recordable CDs or DVDs are needed with this approach either.
Here's how it works.
- Plug your ipod into your computer using the regular data cable, which should start itunes.
- Download a copy of MediaPilot, install it and run it on your system.
- Select the Tools - iPod File Backup menu.
- Choose a backup folder location and identify how you'd like the backup folders to be organized.