IPod Help
November 14, 2010 4:48 PM   Subscribe

IPod filter. If I down-loaded music from the ITunes store directly into my IPod, how do I get the songs into my ITunes on my computer?

I purchased songs from ITunes directly on my IPod Touch. In my ITunes on my computer, those songs do not appear in the purchased list of songs.

When I connect my IPod to my computer, won't that sync the play-list on the computer, and erase what is on the IPod? I don't want to lose my purchased songs.

I have tried to google the answer to this, and I feel like there is a simple solution to this - but I am not sure what to do. And I do not want to lose my recently purchased songs.

Any thoughts or help are greatly appreciated.
posted by Flood to Technology (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Sync goes both ways.
posted by Gungho at 4:50 PM on November 14, 2010

Nope, it'll transfer your purchases, I do it all the time.
posted by nomadicink at 4:53 PM on November 14, 2010

iTunes on your computer does not erase the songs you bought on your iPod Touch. When you sync on your computer, it will go grab the songs and put them on your computer. This is, of course, assuming the iTunes account you used on your computer and iPod match.
posted by birdherder at 4:58 PM on November 14, 2010

On your next sync, iTunes will tell you that you have purchased items on your ipod that aren't on your computer and will let you transfer.
posted by moviehawk at 5:00 PM on November 14, 2010

If you are connecting your iPod to a computer with which you have never synced, syncing won't do the job. An iPod can only sync to one iTunes library, and if you're syncing to a new library, the music on your library is erased and replaced by the music on the computers library.

If you want to transfer officially purchased music from your iPod to an iTunes library to which you are NOT synced, you should choose the "Transfer Purchases" option from the menubar. On the Mac it is under the File menu; not sure about on the PC. This backs up any iTunes purchases from your iPod to the Mac you are connected to, provided you have logged in your iTunes account on it.
posted by raygan at 5:11 PM on November 14, 2010

File-->transfer purchases
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 5:13 PM on November 14, 2010

It sounds like you just misunderstand the word "sync".

Sync doesn't mean "overwrite one from the other", it means "update both ends with anything that's new or more recently changed on the other side".

Music you purchased from an iPod Touch will just be incorporated into your computer iTunes library.

Sometimes there are more complex issues, like whether you've chosen the option for managing music manually, or have more than one iTunes account. But it doesn't sound like you're asking about any of those things.
posted by philipy at 8:01 PM on November 14, 2010

Thank you for the answers.
posted by Flood at 12:54 PM on November 15, 2010

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