Copy an Ipod Playlist to Itunes

Hi,

I reconfigured a few of my Ipod Playlists in my Ipod.   That was a "big mistake".

I want to use the Apple Ipods/Itunes system and keep things as simple and clean as possible.  Obviously, I'm going to need some help to copy the IPOD Playlistst that I changed back to Itunes so I can backup my Itunes library and music using the Itunes system.

I can edit my Itunes playlists  manually which probably is my best option.  

However I found the "IPODCopy" software site.
IPODCopy can copy IPOD Playlists to Itunes.  But it requires the installation of Microsofts ".net"  system.

Do you think this is a safe procedure?  Or am I opening a can of worms which I surely will regret?

Perhaps it would be best for me to take the time to update the changed Ipod playlists in Itunes manually.  And in the future make all changes to my playlists in Itunes.

What would you do?



Howie


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xemaCommented:
The ".net" system is safe.
It is necesary to run any program developed with Micro$oft "dotnet" development plataform
If you still feel insecure do the following
Create a "restore point"
install ".net"
recover your playlists
restore your computer to the "restore point"
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Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
Thanks Xema,

Ok, I believe ".net" to be safe.  Thanks.  That solves one of my concerns.

My second concern:
I think I read comments in Macworld Plus from the UK recently about the stability of the 80gb Video Ipod.  I think they said that they found the video Ipod to be stable with the possible exception of some instability which occured after the use of third party utilities.  They didn't specify, as I remember, which utilities.  Hence, my second concern.  How accurate is IPODCOPY when merging with the ITUNES software?
"No reply expected"
Thanks again for your help.  I close the posting if no other members comment.


Howie
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xemaCommented:
I'm not sure about your question, One thing to take into account is that fifth generations Ipod's are NOT firewire compatible to share data.
I've only read one problem about a fifth generation Ipod and it was with another software.
Remember that you also try recovering the playlists using your Ipod as a hard disk, this will be a little more complicated but feasible.
First set your Ipod to be used as a hard disk.
On the Ipod
toggle the Hold switch on and off
push the bottom of the click wheel (play/pause) AND the top of the click wheel (Menu), when the apple logo appears Click the bottom of the wheel (play pause) and the Select (Centrer button), the Ipod should show a check mark, now you are in Hard Disk Mode. Start IpodCopy and proced to copy your playlists to your computer

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xemaCommented:
SORRY I made a mistake
First set your Ipod to be used as a hard disk.
On the Ipod
Toggle the Hold switch on and off. Press and hold the Menu and Select buttons until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 10 seconds.
press Select and Play when you see the Apple logo, the Ipod should show a check mark, now you are in Hard Disk Mode. Start IpodCopy and proced to copy your playlists to your computer
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Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
Howie

I installed ipodcopy and .net.  Unfortunately wideangle has links to both .net v1 and v2.  From reading there forums and replys apparently v2 is required.  There zip file to install both has two bugs.  The temp file directories are not found.   Relocating the missing files corrects both problems and the setup file is able to complete.  Although ipodcopy can copy files from my ipod to my pc,  it cannot find Itunes.  I tried reinstall of both .net and ipodcopy.  Same problems reoccured with both the installation zip file and the program execution.  Also a new user account was created called "asp.net machine a.....".  Its a limited account and is password protected.  What is that?  I have removed both .net and ipodcopy.  I'm awaiting help from wideangle.  I have still have asp.net machine a....   But I log on as Administrator.
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Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
I installed .net 2.0 from Microsoft's web page. I installed IpodCopy.msi from wideangle's site. I had the same execution error in Ipodcopy. I got smart and traced the execution problem using my system's computer management console. In the systems log there is an error message generated by dcom. "The system could not find the file C:\applications\ipod\itunes\itunes.exe." The subdirectory itunes is empty. The exec itunes is located in the root directory c:\applications\ipod. I placed a shortcut to itunes.exe in the sub "itunes". Now ipodcopy opens itunes so that much is now working. However, after the transfer to itunes from ipod is started, this error occurs. "File transfer interrupted". And a series of red x's are placed next to each file names. It's probably caused by the error in file locations.
This might be corrected by editing the registry or by placing shortcuts to all of the itunes libraries in the directory "ipod" into the sub directory "itunes". Itunes stand alone will not execute from the shortcut. It cannot find its libraries. So file locations looks like a good bet.
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Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
I placed a "copy" of itunes.exe into the subdirectory "itunes" and deleted the shortcut.  I retried the transfer in ipodcopy to itunes.  Ipodcopy worked ok and reported the file transfer complete.   Incidently the big red X in the itunes link appears to be normal indicating the button is closed.  This is a quess.  But alas Itunes did not receive the files as indicated by ipodcopy.  When trying this a second time, Itunes reported, from within ipdocopy,  it could not find it's libraries.  I don't think its a good idea to move or copy the missing libraries from where itunes installed them.  I think duplicate libraries or moved libraries wil really screw things up. I guess we will just have to wait for our english friends to return to work.
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Howie KaySystems Engineer Lockheed-RetiredAuthor Commented:
I got  Ipodcopy working.   The main reason it wasn't working was I did not choose the default directory when installing Itunes.  Also the Itunes music folder should be located in the itunes default directory.  Only one problem remains:  Ipodcopy is moving songs into itunes which are already in itunes library.  Ipodcopy web sites states that ipodcopy won't copy duplicate songs.  Ipodcopy does copy playlists to itunes correctly even though duplications occur.
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