If your old computer has died, you might be wondering how you can sync your iPod to another PC without losing your music or other data. There are two ways to do this; one way is if your music and other content were purchased through iTunes. Then, you simply need to authorize the computer and iTunes will immediately recognize your iPod.

If you have music and other data on your iPod that hasn’t been purchased through iTunes, then you have to take other steps to make sure you don’t lose anything while you sync your iPod to a new computer. The first thing to do is install iTunes and go to Preferences on Mac or Edit, and then Preferences on Windows base computers. Once there, click the Devices button and make sure that ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’ is checked.

After you are sure that you have checked the option to make sure that your iPod won’t automatically sync to iTunes, plug your iPod in to your computer and click on Store and then Authorize Computer. You will have to enter your username and password in order to complete the authorization process.  At that point you will be able to go to File and then “Transfer Purchases from your iPod. After that you will be able to add or remove content and you can sync your iPod to your computer without losing music or other data.

Another way to make sure music and other content from your iPod onto a new computer is to use a free or paid for app that will help. Sharepod is one such app that is one of the most popular. Once you have this app, or a similar one downloaded to your iPod, make sure iTunes is closed on your computer. Open Sharepod or other app you’ve chosen for this and then plug your ipod into your computer. You will see files from your iPod on your computer and you can save the files to any file on your computer. After you do this you will be able to import the data into iTunes so you won’t lose it if you sync in the future.