Apple has designed the iPod and the iTunes to sync only with one computer. This was done to keep people from sharing the music on their iPod with their friends or family without authorization. This restriction is, most likely, designed to appease the piracy-conscious music industry.
However, there are some instances in which you need to be able to move music from iPod to iTunes, including:
- You have a new computer and want to move all your music to the new machine (the alternative is re-ripping every CD!).
- Your hard drive crashed, taking all your music with it. You can restore iTunes from your iPod.
- You want to make an iPod backup and save it on another computer in case of a crash.
A number of programs will help you do this. IGadget is one of them. This step-by-step guide shows you how to use iGadget to copy iPods to PCs, backup iPods, or transfer an iPod library to a new PC.
To start, you'll need to purchase and download iGadget from iPodSoft, the company that develops it. The software costs US$15 and runs on both Macs and PCs.
Once you download iGadget, double click the installer icon and follow the onscreen instructions.