How to sync with iTunes w/o losing music?

riceman0 used Ask the Experts™

Hello, a long time ago I uploaded all of my CDs (ggod music anyway) to my iphone.  I did this via itunes on a laptop, which is long gone (the laptop is kaput).  

In the meantime I have purchased lots of music on the phone.  The phone is filling up, so I want to sync up with a laptop again to manage/delete the songs.

But every time I connect the phone to itunes and try to sync I get a message along the lines of "you may lose any songs you have purchased" i.e., it seems to want to sync the phone with the laptop, not the other way around.  In other words, if I sync with an empty itunes it will empty my phone and I'll lose all the music, purchased and ripped from my cds.

What is the proper way to regain sync and control of an iphone full of music?

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Nathan PSystems Architect

There is an apple supported method for transferring items you purchased on your phone using iTunes itself on your new computer:

Ignore the prior response, as it won't be of any help to you.  Your music was not purchased via iTunes, for the most part, but, rather, ripped from your CD collection.

iTunes does not provide a way to copy such music from your iPhone to your PC.  Except for music purchased through the iTunes store, it "syncs" one-way only: from the PC to the phone.

So, you have to use third party software.  Fortunately, there's a free, and easy to use solution:

Download it, and follow the directions; it will copy your music off your iPhone and into iTunes on your PC using a very easy-to-understand interface.

Whatever you do, do NOT allow iTunes to "sync" with your iPhone before copying the music using the software at , or you'll lose all your music.

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