Non iTunes-sourced iphone music issue

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Gorn, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    My computer containing all my music is dead. Without going into it, I've tried to get it repaired but it's a lost cause. I really don't care about it, except all my music was on there. Mostly stuff burned from CDs.

    I have 9 gigs of music on my iphone, about a quarter of which is from iTunes, so restoring all that isn't a problem.

    What is a problem is that if I ever wanna wipe and restore my phone or get a new one, how can I ever get my non iTunes sourced music back?

    All my beatles, all my jethro tull, tons of jazz and several other gigabytes worth of music only exists on my iphone now. The CDs are long gone.

    Is there some way to transfer the music from my phone to a new computer?

    I know in general the answer is no. You can't export content from an I-device to another computer, but is there another way?
  2. So the hard drive is broken, as in doesn't spin anymore? If not, you can take it out and get a USB adaptor and plug it into another computer and rescue the files you want. Otherwise, you CAN rescue songs off of an iPhone, but it will void your warrantee. Google it, rather simple these days.

  3. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Yup. Dead hard drive. I was gonna google how to rescue the songs but I figured I'd ask first. Lots of idiot proof answers on here.
  4. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    As a point of interest, it should be a decent lesson to get a couple decent yet cheap hard drives to back up your music/photos/etc. a couple times a year. A TB or 2TB drive is around 100 bucks these days. That's the retail cost of less than 10 CD's worth of music buying each.
  5. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    You could jail-break and do it through apps in cydia. But you run the slight risk of losing the stuff on your phone in the process. All of my stuff stayed when I did it to my iPhone 4 and the 3GS, and I would be fine risking it again. I haven't hooked my phone up to iTunes since the first release of iOS5.

    Otherwise, your local library might be a good source for CDs to burn. My dad and I used to get all of our music through the library and put it on my computer. Now that my phone is jailbroken, I just rip audio from YouTube videos and the Pandora app.

    Good luck getting everything recovered!!!
  6. Bocete

    Bocete My E string is 36 1/4" long Supporting Member

    Sep 30, 2006
    [DEL]I'm not an Apple user, but can't you sync your non-iTunes music with your iTunes account and then just download it on a computer?

    You can do that with Google Play Music for sure. You might try installing Google Play Music on your phone, hopefully it'll find the files and allow you to upload them to your Google account, then you can download them on a computer.[/DEL]


    Actually no, I uploaded my collection of mp3s to Google Music from my PC and then synced it with my other devices. I don't see a way to upload local mp3s from my Android phone onto Google Music.
  7. Frank Tuesday

    Frank Tuesday

    Jul 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Why not just copy them to the MicroSD card?;)

    Never trust the cloud. I double back up everything. I'd have to lose three hard drives simultaneously (two in the computer, and one external in a different location) to lose my data.
  8. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Sharepod seems promising.

    I'll try it later.
  9. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    I bought some piece of software to rip music off an iPod. can't remember what it was called, sure Apple disapproves but it was ridiculously easy.