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How to Restore and Recover Lost iPod Files Using Music Rescue?

Updated on February 22, 2018
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Ceres Schwarz is a technology enthusiast who loves writing tutorials, guides, reviews, and information about the latest gadgets & software.

Is it possible to lose your iPod music or your iTunes library?

What would you do if something happened and you lost all your iPod music and files and your entire iTunes library? This is actually possible. But how? Losing your iPod files or iTunes library can be caused by a number of reasons.

Maybe your computer gave out (and this can be caused by a variety of reasons such as old age) and you had to reformat it. That would cause you to lose your iTunes library.

What if you lose all the music in your iPod or music player?

What will you do? Is there anything that you can do to recover and restore all the songs you lost?

Some might feel like crying if they end up losing their extensive collection of music and other files. But don't cry and don't lose hope. You're not alone and there is a solution to your problem.

It could also be something simple, such as accidentally pressing the wrong buttons or clicking on something, that could cause you to lose your iPod files or iTunes library.

The worst part in these scenarios is not having backup files to be able to recover and restore your lost collection of files.

Some of us might think that it's all right to delete the iPod and iTunes files in our computers to save space because those files are all stored in our iPod anyway. And that's true.

This is the main interface of Music Rescue.
This is the main interface of Music Rescue.

But what happens if we suddenly end up losing our iPod files or iTunes library? For most, if not all, of us, music has really become a huge part of our lives.

It seems that wherever we go, we see people listening to music. Some of us listen to music while working, while walking or while doing a variety of other things.

Have you ever experienced losing all of your iPod or iTunes files for one reason or another?

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Did you lose your iPod music or your iTunes library?

It can be a really sad thing to have to lose your iPod music and files or your iTunes library, especially if you already have an extensive music collection along with photos and videos. You might feel frustrated and miserable about this.

I know that feeling because I've also experienced having lost all the music in my iPod. This happened because of a mistake in syncing my iPod with my iTunes library.

The iTunes library

The iTunes library might be as important as the iPod since this contains a list of our entire collection of iPod files including music and videos and each of these are all arranged exactly to our liking.
The iTunes library might be as important as the iPod since this contains a list of our entire collection of iPod files including music and videos and each of these are all arranged exactly to our liking.

I ended up losing all the music stored in my iPod. My iTunes library remained intact but it was pretty much useless since I no longer had the music files stored in my computer so I couldn't put the music back in my iPod.

I about cried when this happened and I only had a few hundred music on my iPod. Imagine what it would be like for those people who had thousands of music stored in their iPods, only to end up losing them all, seemingly in the blink of an eye.

What can be done about the lost iPod music?

Is it possible to restore and recover all the lost files?

So what can we do now? Is that it? Do we have to build our music library from the ground up, all over again?

That can be such a daunting task and it doesn't seem like anyone would be up for it. After all, we've already started our music library collection and we already have a lot of files there.

Of course, we'd much prefer to add to it to make our collection grow instead of having to start from the beginning yet again. Don't lose hope.

The good news is that you can restore and recover your lost iPod music and files. How can you do this? By using Music Rescue. With Music Rescue, there’s no need to fear ever permanently losing your iPod or iTunes files.

What is Music Rescue?

Music Rescue is a great program created by KennettNet Software Ltd. It will help you recover all of your lost iPod and iTunes files be it music, videos or photos.

Upon installing Music Rescue, you can find it in your list of programs from the Start menu. You can even create a shortcut on your desktop so you can easily access Music Rescue.
Upon installing Music Rescue, you can find it in your list of programs from the Start menu. You can even create a shortcut on your desktop so you can easily access Music Rescue.

It doesn't matter how or why you lost your files because Music Rescue can and will be able to retrieve all of them.

Your iPod files will be returned to your iPod and your lost iTunes library will be restored.

Music Rescue's main interface

In Music Rescue's main interface, you will see your iPod being listed as soon as you connect it to your computer.
In Music Rescue's main interface, you will see your iPod being listed as soon as you connect it to your computer.

How do you use Music Rescue to restore and retrieve your lost iPod files?

It's actually very easy to use Music Rescue. Once you have downloaded Music Rescue, install it then open it. You will see the main interface.

Music Rescue preferences

Access the Preferences by clicking the Edit menu in Music Rescue's main interface
Access the Preferences by clicking the Edit menu in Music Rescue's main interface

The main interface is where you will see your iPod being listed. But this is only once you connect your iPod to your computer via its USB cable. Once you do that, your iPod will automatically be detected by Music Rescue and it will be listed in its main interface.

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The previously grayed out buttons in the interface will now be clickable. You can choose what you want to do as either choice will lead to your iPod files being restored to where it belongs.

Choosing your preferences and settings for Music Rescue

But before that, you can also tinker around with Music Rescue's preferences and settings to choose what best suits your needs.

It's up to you to decide what you want and how you want it. Music Rescue gives you the opportunity to do this.

Once you've done that, you can now finish restoring and recovering your lost iPod files. Just wait while Music Rescue does its job.

You won't be disappointed as, in the end, you'll see your iPod back with its rightful number of music, photos, videos and other files.

What do you think about Music Rescue?

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Conclusion

Music Rescue is definitely a life-saver. None of us want to start our music collections all over again especially if we already have an extensive music library filled with our favorite music and with everything arranged and organized exactly to our liking.

Music Rescue is a must-have program just in case anything ever happens to your iPod or iTunes library.

This is a very helpful and useful program that will enable you to easily recover all of your lost iPod or iTunes files, be it music, photos, or videos. Simply put, with Music Rescue around, you don't have to worry about losing any data at all since you can easily retrieve it.

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    • Ceres Schwarz profile imageAUTHOR

      Ceres Schwarz 

      4 years ago

      @Cece - since you already have Music Rescue on your PC, open it first then connect your iPod Classic to your PC via its USB cable. Music Rescue should automatically detect your iPod as soon as you connect it. You will see it listed on the program's interface. After that, just follow the instructions on the screen to get back all of your music. Hope this helped. Good luck.

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      Cece 

      4 years ago

      I lost over a 1000 songs from my ipod classic and i tried to use music rescue on my mac but im not sure how to as i don't understand how to retrieve the old songs. They were imported from several computers/accounts so i can't access them anymore.... i REALLY want them back!!! the description isn't clear enough on restoring deleted items... :(

    • Ceres Schwarz profile imageAUTHOR

      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      @YMd kelly - hello and thanks for the comment. Music Rescue should be able to recover all the music that was stored on your iPod. It shouldn't matter if it's not in your iTunes library because the program should be getting the music that was already stored in your iPod. All you need to do is connect your iPod into your computer and then run the program. Hope this helped.

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      YMd kelly 

      5 years ago

      I just found this site. I had a bunch of music on an iPod from various sources. The iPod crashed. And I had to restore back to factory settings and all the music was gone. Well except for the music that was on my own computer which is about a third of the songs. I'm pretty clueless when it comes to technology, but I am curious to know if this program can retrieve music even after iTunes has restored to factory settings. Any idea?

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      @FlourishAnyway - thanks for the comment. Yes, it can be very devastating to lose all the music in you iPod or iTunes library especially if you have hundreds of songs there so Music Rescue can definitely be of much help in trying to recover the lost files.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 years ago from USA

      Someone I know lost their itunes music library and nearly went into fits. Just when you think all hope is lost, there's a hub like this. Magic. Thank you.

    • Ceres Schwarz profile imageAUTHOR

      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      @CharronsChatter - wow. That's really great. :) How do you manage to keep up with all of those sites? Oh, for Twitter, right now, I have nothing there except the profile pic and bio. I'm still learning about it. And I'm still wondering what to write for my first post. Any ideas? What was your first tweet about?

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      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      on all of 'em--I am a recently sign novelist and i joined the gridlock about a year ago, to create a "web presence" and stimulate interest in my (at that point) unsigned novel. I keep a blog, too! All the stuff there is writing stuff--a lot of it funny...:)

      If you need help with Twitter let me know! I am there at Karen Robiscoe--my given name--if you'd like to look me up. :)

    • Ceres Schwarz profile imageAUTHOR

      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      @CharronsChatter - good luck with using it. It's not that hard. I'm sure you'll be able to recover your music files. :) Uh, about Facebook, no. I'm really clueless when it comes to the social networking sites like that. In fact, I just recently signed up for Twitter and I'm still clueless on how to get started. I think I'll take things one at a time. What about you?

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      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      I downloaded the Music rescue program yesterday, but confess--I have to dig through the "ipod drawer"...I will let you know how it goes, though! Are you on Facebook I am wondering? :)

    • Ceres Schwarz profile imageAUTHOR

      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      @CharronsChatter - Oh. When I lost all the music on my iPod, I couldn't just let it go even if I only had a few hundred songs there at that time. I thought there had to be a way to fix this, which was why I started searching around for a solution.

      That would be a good article but I think it would get obsolete pretty quickly since there are always new kinds of music players being introduced in the market. As for me, I only really bothered with the music part of the iPod and even the video part. There are a lot of features I hardly, if ever, use. I think you can change the modes and stuff in the settings.

      Did you manage to recover your lost music files?

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      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      haha--I just can't. They seem so useful,,,even when obsolete and upgraded (out of). As to what happened: the same thing as you! An unsynced Itunes program ate what existed on my iPod and I heard those never more! (new PC syndrome, and I go through 'em!)

      I would love to read a: "how to operate your iPod for dummies article", I tell you, since I have never fully figured out all its functions. Or even the necessary ones. I am currently stuck in double repeat mode, and permanently-unlocked...* sigh * a real hassle when I run!!

    • Ceres Schwarz profile imageAUTHOR

      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      @CharronsChatter - hello again and thanks for your comment and feedback. It's definitely well-appreciated. Yes, music is really important in our lives. You can definitely use Music Rescue to retrieve your lost music files. What happened to your music files? It's a good thing you didn't throw your music players away.

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      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      Okay, this is what I am doing now: I am rummaging every drawer and closet inna house because I am surfing that site IMMEDIATEly!! What an awesome and useful and interesting article..hehehe...I laugh just 'cause those are the bells and whistles I hit (wordplays!!) and so overdooOOOOoo!!

      I am excited to think I have a chance of retrieving these files. Music really tells us who we are--and takes us back to where we've been. Great write, Ceres.

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