iPod is the fantasy of countless tech fans. However, cons always go hand in hand with pros; and so, an iPod by Apple is certainly not an exception to it. As an iPod user, you must be aware that there is no way to sync this musical device with multiple computers. This means that one can sync the iPod data with a single computer only.
However, if this computer stops functioning suddenly, your all syncing efforts will certainly go in vain. As a matter of fact, all the iPod data is at risk, as syncing with another computer tends to replace all content on the iPod with the content present in the iTunes library of the another computer. So, is there a solution to this problem?
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Well, the solution is there! The trick is to extract all the content from the iPod, bring it into the iTunes library of the new PC, and then sync it with the novel library. Syncing an iPod with another PC without losing the iPod content is a bit difficult task. Therefore, always take the backup of your PC and iPod before getting started. Let’s now see how to use another PC for syncing without losing any of the multimedia files.
Start by Preventing Automatic Syncing
On the new PC, install iTunes, browse to Edit --> Preferences to open the Devices Preferences dialog box, and click the Devices button. Now, just ensure that the Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically option is ticked.
Proceed by Recovering Media
You can recover any kind of purchased or downloaded media, including videos, playlists, and podcasts. In case of purchased media from iTunes, it will just suffice to authorize the PC so that iTunes can recognize the iPod quickly for instant syncing. To do so, attach the iPod to the PC via a data cable and open iTunes on the iPod.
Next, browse to Store --> Authorize Computer, which will open a window that will ask for credentials. So, enter your Apple ID along with the password and then click Authorize.
Now, browse to File --> Transfer Purchases from (iPod’s name) and you can see the content being transferred to your computer’s iTunes library. After this is over, you can freely add or delete content, as the iPod is now completely syncable.
In case the media has been ripped from other sources such as a CD, there is a different way to follow. You actually need to use a third party utility for recovering such media from a lonely iPod. For Windows, SharePod is a free and famous utility that detects the iPod and retrieves all media content from it.
The only drawback is that you might not identify as to whether the chosen file is a video or a music file. Once you select the files via Ctrl + A for copying, click Copy to Computer after which you need to specify the location for saving the files. Finally, click OK and you will see that all the files on your iPod now gets copied on that another computer. You can now import the files into iTunes so that it can sync the media to the iPod.