Accidently nuked songs off my iPod

Each day I go to work, I plug my iPod into my office PC to listen while I work. I use iTunes, but change iPod options to “Manually manage songs and playlists“. Why? So my iPod doesn’t get wiped out, and the iScrobbler plugin can update my listening habits to my account.

This morning, I accidently changed the iPod options to “Enable disk use“, and left it to “Automatically update selected playlists only“. The problem with that is that on my office computer, there isn’t any! Fortunately, I brought my external hard drive, which also has all my music backed up onto it. After changing my iPod options to “Manually manage songs and playlists” (the way it should be), I’m copying most of my music back onto it. When I get back home, I’ll just resynchronize it. At least I won’t have a quiet commute, right?

Edit: Oh yeah, while it’s been copying, I’ve been listening to music off my external HD with Coolplayer. I haven’t used that program in awhile. Ah, memories.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. He's also a cat whisperer. Sometimes…a photographer, and card magician.

2 thoughts on “Accidently nuked songs off my iPod”

  1. I get this problem a lot.
    It would be good if there was a program that changed the iPod settings without having to open up iTunes, so you could change the settings and then open iTunes.

    Ther is a program called anapod that uses drag and drop and not sync that is similar to itunes and is made for the iPod.


  2. I think the current version of iTunes warns you that your iPod is tied to another computer so you don’t do this anymore. I backup the iTunes library DB files, too, so I’m pretty safe now.

    Thanks for the comment, Rob!


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