Your computer gets stolen, your hard drive melts or you want your music on another computer but you can’t drag and drop them via iTunes, but there is a way to do that; You just need to get deeper inside the iPod. tech.geek gives you a handy trick to bring it all out…
1. GETTING STARTED
You will just need your iPod and iTunes. Do NOT use a Windows iPod in a Mac or a Mac iPod for Windows, they are not compatible.
2. HOW TO DO IT?
Plug your iPod in and then open your iTunes. To make sure that you view it on ‘My Computer,’ go to the iTunes preferences and click the iPod tab. Find the checkbox Enable Disk Use” and make sure it is checked.
Now open up ‘My Computer’ and find the drive that is your iPod (The first 10 characters of your iPod name or the name IPOD). Open it and go to the Tools Menu and click Folder Options. Go to the Advanced Tab and scroll to find ‘Show Hidden Files and Folders,’ and tick it. Press OK
Open the folder ‘iPod_Control’ and click Music. When you open the folder Music, you get F00, F01, F02, etc. Copy the entire folder (The Music folder) and put it straight to your desktop. Make sure you rename it so you can remember it.
Go back to iTunes and drag and drop those files on your iPod. Don’t worry if the files are AX9218 or something because the ID3 tag information will be automatically read by iTunes. To make sure you want to keep them in a location more accessible, before uploading, make sure you open up the Preferences dialogue, find the Advanced tab and tick the box where ‘Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to the library. You can find the iTunes music folder in your My Music folder.
3. MORE INFORMATION
With the recent iTunes 7.01, some of these may change (like Step 1). This is taken and been rewritten from CNET.com’s Music Centre.