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    New Laptop, new iPad, old iPod Touch...how do I synch iTunes

    So this is my dilemma.

    I had a three year old laptop that I used to synch my iPod Touch (1 gen) to iTunes, tons of music, worked just great. Ordered the iPad and just before it arrived the motherboard on the laptop died. I ended up replacing the laptop with a new one and now, when I log into iTunes with my new laptop -- none of my music is there. I want to be able to synch to my iPad and update my iPod Touch. So what am I missing here? Is it all gone and do I have to start all over?

    I would surely appreciate your help and advice.

    Thank you.

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    Did you transfer over the music from the old laptop to the new one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarianne
    So this is my dilemma.

    I had a three year old laptop that I used to synch my iPod Touch (1 gen) to iTunes, tons of music, worked just great. Ordered the iPad and just before it arrived the motherboard on the laptop died. I ended up replacing the laptop with a new one and now, when I log into iTunes with my new laptop -- none of my music is there. I want to be able to synch to my iPad and update my iPod Touch. So what am I missing here? Is it all gone and do I have to start all over?

    I would surely appreciate your help and advice.

    Thank you.

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    Do you still have your broken laptop......all of your music will still be on the hard drive, so you could put it in a caddy and transfer the music back into iTunes on your new laptop.

    EDIT - If all your music is on your touch still then you could transfer it back into iTunes on your new laptop.

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    I did not transfer my music from my old laptop to the new because is was dead.

    I still have the broken laptop. When you say put it in a Caddy? What does that mean? I do have all my music on my iPod Touch though...how do I transfer from iPod Touch to iTunes on my new laptop? Do you know of a link with instructions?

    Thanks so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarianne
    I did not transfer my music from my old laptop to the new because is was dead.

    I still have the broken laptop. When you say put it in a Caddy? What does that mean? I do have all my music on my iPod Touch though...how do I transfer from iPod Touch to iTunes on my new laptop? Do you know of a link with instructions?

    Thanks so much!
    Well if all your music is on your iPod it's easy, follow this link and pick "transferring purchases" option...... http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4527

    Let us know how you get on.

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    A caddy is an enclosure you can buy to make the laptop hard drive an external drive which can be connected to the new laptop via USB or FireWire. Doing this will let you get your music from the old laptop's hard drive.

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    And any photos/videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel1

    Well if all your music is on your iPod it's easy, follow this link and pick "transferring purchases" option...... http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4527

    Let us know how you get on.

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    Will work fine if all music was purchased in iTunes, if it was ripped or acquired elsewhere, then that won't work. There are various third party software solutions that will do it, but I've never used any of them so wouldn't know which to recommend.

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    As long as the music was added to iTunes first then synced with the iPod, or purchased through iTunes on the iPod, the transfer purchases options will work fine. It's only stuff that bypassed iTunes (not the store, the program) that may have problems transferring.

    Been doing this for ages.

    At any rate, Try Gabriel1's instructions, then check your computer's iTunes library. That is the only way to see if it is going to work for certain. In most cases it will work fine.

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    Just did a quick test and it doesn't work for me. Always used iTunes to sync. I deleted a track from my iTunes library that was not purchased via iTunes, tried to recover it via the transfer purchases option and it didn't copy back across, still on the iPad but not in my library. As I said afaik transfer purchases is just what it says, anything that has been purchased in the iTunes store, anything else is ignored. It would be useful if it did work as you say, but in my experience that's not the case.

    Nothing stopping the op trying tho, and maybe all music is purchases.

    EDIT actually it did also delete it from my iPad during a sync, so maybe op might not want to try this way.
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