When it comes to recovering MP3s for your iPod, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of lost digital music files. If somehow the MP3s on your iPod are ever erased, you can simply plug your iPod into a computer on which your iTunes library is housed and restore the iPod from its last backup. ITunes backs up your iPod every time you sync it, but it does not hurt to back it up manually on occasion.
Backing Up MP3s for Your iPod
Connect your iPod to your computer.
Wait for iTunes to display the name of your iPod in the left menu.
Right-click the name of your iPod and select "Back Up."
Wait for iTunes to back up your iPod.
Eject your iPod.
Recovering MP3s for Your iPod
Open iTunes and connect your iPod to your computer.
Right-click the name of your iPod in the left menu and select "Restore from Backup."
Select from the drop-down box the iPod name for which you want to recover MP3s.
Click "Restore." Wait for iTunes to restore your iPod settings.
Click "Music" to select MP3s to recover for your iPod, and then click "Apply."
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