HELP! iPad/iPod backup(s) missing many GBs of data. Where did my music go? :(

I finally got around to backing up all my devices including an old smashed crippled 64 GB iPod that is useless, but thankfully is still able to be read by Mac running Mojave.

But all the backups are significantly less in size than is on the device. I assumed that a backup copied everything on your device to your computer, but I guess this is not the case?

The 64 iPod’s back up size is only 11 gb, but the iPod is mostly filled with mp3 to capacity. So what exactly is being backed up? Obviously not any music. And how can I get the music that iTunes on computer sees on the iPod, onto my computer? iTunes on computer can play it, but I see no option to save it out somehow.

Going to the iTunes music folder through “Users” shows nothing. Also, iTunes folder doesn’t even show up any app purchases either. ( .ipa files?) I seem to recall app purchases stored on my previous computer.

Are there other files that are also not being saved either through a backup?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Comments

  • The list of what isn’t included is here, and iTunes synced data is in that list.https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204136

  • @DMan said:
    The list of what isn’t included is here, and iTunes synced data is in that list.https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204136

    Thanks @DMan

    An iTunes backup doesn't include: Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos

    So, some questions remain that I can’t find online and many attempts and dead ends.

    I’m still at a loss on how to get the content off the iPod and onto the computer. If I sync, I will lose the music off the iPod. The music content came from another computer. Which I think means another iTunes Library. I can’t import into new Library from iPod... frustrating :(

    Yay!, I saved the photos/vids off the iPod.

  • @zah said:

    @DMan said:
    The list of what isn’t included is here, and iTunes synced data is in that list.https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204136

    Thanks @DMan

    An iTunes backup doesn't include: Content synced from iTunes, like imported MP3s or CDs, videos, books, and photos

    So, some questions remain that I can’t find online and many attempts and dead ends.

    I’m still at a loss on how to get the content off the iPod and onto the computer. If I sync, I will lose the music off the iPod. The music content came from another computer. Which I think means another iTunes Library. I can’t import into new Library from iPod... frustrating :(

    Yay!, I saved the photos/vids off the iPod.

    Apple set this up with the original iPod to prevent piracy (people from pulling content from friends' iPods) and it persists in iOS devices. A third party device manager like iMazing should work (assuming it's a iOS-based iPod; aka iPod Touch): https://imazing.com/iphone-music-transfer

    If it's an older iPod that doesn't run iOS there were some programs that did this, but it's been a really long time and I don't remember what they're called!

  • Ifunbox will help you with file management in any apple device

    http://www.i-funbox.com/

Sign In or Register to comment.