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iPAD Music Library is Missing All Non-Purchased Music

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My current music libraries (on my iPhone, iPAD and W7 laptop) do not contain any of my own music (i.e. music from CD's as opposed to music purchased from iTunes). I found an old iPOD with the missing music but when I attempt to transfer it to my W7 laptop, it warns me that if I proceed, it will erase any music on the iPOD that is not in the laptop library.

How can I resolve this?
Is there any way to recover the missing music other than manually importing it form the original CD's?
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If your iPod mounts as a drive on your PC then you can try to simply copy the music folders from a hidden folder in the root called iPod_Control. If that is OK, then import the copied folders into iTunes and you should then be able to sync with your iPhone/iPad etc.

Failing that, there are any number of freebie tools you can download to 'extract' music from old iPods and save them on your computer as MP3s. Then do the import mentioned above.

Google for "ipod extract music" as a starting point and you will even find demonstrations of the process on YouTube such as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NsdbziqoaE&hd=1
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it warns me that if I proceed, it will erase any music on the iPOD that is not in the laptop library. << in my opinion when ripped the audio discs these files could be libraries not the actual tracks.
As you have to use iTunes to sync them.
Open iTunes to Music view.  Drag the folders of song files into the open window.
this will create a new library
The tracks on an audio disc are in the format of cda which is really a language in text, to get these cda off the disc they should be converted to mp3 not wma,
wma is propriety codec and wmp and iTunes add DRM on them and stick them in a library.
What did you use to get the audio tracks? WMP and or iTunes?
What I use is cdex, please google it and the guides.
Once you extract the audio to mp3 you wont have this problem ever again.
How do you have this ipad connected to your laptop?
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by:jd987
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Thank you very much. The easiest solution was to drag the missing music folders into the Music View in iTunes.
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by:Merete
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Happy to help
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by:corrinla ni
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About how to transfer music from iPod to computer without losing any music, you can't miss this post to help you, http://www.imobie.com/support/transfer-music-from-computer-to-ipod.htm. Moreover, you can also recover all missing music from your CD.
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Thank you
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