How to Recover Music from a Dead iPod?

“Oh My God!!! My iPod is dead and I have saved many songs in it. To my bad luck, I had not yet backed up my songs on computer. It completely ruined me and I am now worried about music files. Is there any way to retrieve music files from dead iPod drive? Thanks in advance!!!”

Most of the people undergo this kind of situation very frequently. You may think of downloading songs again, if music were so really meant to you. However, this doesn't work for all songs with everyone. Searching for some songs online is very difficult and might found rarely and in some instance you can’t afford to buy songs from Apple stores.

Some more common scenarios that counts on dead iPod are listed below:

  • Failing to reboot by its own
  • Screen showing weird lines or blank window
  • Displaying error like 'disk boot failure'
  • Unable to recognize external storage device
  • Stops working randomly for few seconds while working

Dead iPod recovery is not at all an issue as you are worried. It can be done with few manual ways:

Rebooting iPod: Hold on 'Menu' + 'Select' button for eight to ten seconds and forcefully reboot the iPod and bring back to its working condition.

Factory Setting /restore: Connect iPod to USB port of computer to sync with iTunes. Once it is detected, you can see 'Restore' option on screen's main content. Click on it and select 'Restore and Update' option to restore iPod to factory settings.

If you are still unable to access your dead iPod then it is better to use any eminent recovery tool. One such is Yodot Mac Photo Recovery program.

Dead iPod songs recovery utility:

Yodot Mac Photo Recovery tool can restore songs from dead iPod drive on Macintosh with easy and simple steps. Addition to songs, it can recover videos, photos, etc. Its recovery algorithm makes user to recover files based on their file size, date of creation, file extension, name of the file and so on. Not only from dead situation, this tool will help you to restore ipod music without itunes and inaccessible iPod on Mac system. It is capable of retrieving song files from external storage devices like memory card, flash drives, SSD, iPod, internal and external storage devices. It can recover songs from Mac volumes / drives with HFS, HFS+, HFSX, FAT16 and FAT32 file systems. Addition to songs, it will assist to get pictures from iPod classic and other models of iPod. This utility supports to restore songs files from iPod running with Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite operating systems to obtain 100% safe recovery. In demo version of Yodot Mac Photo Recovery, the user can know steps that have to be followed to restore media files and can preview it.

Steps to recover songs from dead iPod:

  • Connect iPod to Mac computer and download Yodot Mac Photo Recovery tool on Mac
  • Install and run the tool from icon that has been provided on desktop
  • On main window you will get two options namely 'Deleted Photo Recovery' and 'Lost Photo Recovery'
  • Click on required option and proceed further to select the iPod drive from where you want to recover song file
  • After selecting the drive all you have do is click on 'Next' button that will initiate recovery process
  • Once the scanning process gets complete, the recovered files are displayed in 'Data View' and 'File Type View'
  • Switch between required view and click on files that has to be saved
  • This program is added with 'Find Tool' using which you can particularly find the list of files which are required
  • Finally save restored songs on desired destination location


  • Take regular backup of music files on multiple storage devices
  • Avoid saving new files on iPod as soon as you encounter loss of files

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