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what happens when download music on to an ipod touch from a computer that you usually don’t download from?

Question by kitten: what happens when download music on to an ipod touch from a computer that you usually don’t download from?
the computer that my brother downloads music on to his iPod overheated and died with out us saving the hard drive. he got a new computer but when he tries to download music on to his ipod touch it says something like needs to clear it or something (i don’t have it in front of me right now) but if we were to do that what would happen? would it get rid of everything or just the music? thank you for your time.

Best answer:

Answer by k88dad
It will overwrite anything that it is set up to sync—not just music. Three things to keep in mind:

1. Anything purchased (including free songs and apps) from iTunes can be re-downloaded from iTunes. Look for the Purchased link on the right side of the main iTunes Store page. There is also a way to transfer purchases to a new iPod (should that be a future issue.) You should be able to do that with an existing iPod, too.
2. You can download software to transfer anything FROM an iPod TO a computer. I haven’t done it in a while, but people rave about CopyTrans (see link.) Be aware that there is both free and paid software that can do this. Some are easier to use than others.
3. Not to preach, but backup is always a good idea. Huge external hard drives are cheaper than ever. We’re talking multiple TB drives (TB = 1,000 GB) for less than the price of the cheapest Touch.

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