Please help - I have managed to wipe my ipod clean and i have no idea how or how to sort it out.
My son-in-law changed some hardware on my computer because it had stopped reading CDs - then he went back to London. My computer now reads CDs and it loaded them into my itunes but when I tried to synchronise my ipod it said it didn't recognise it. I did all the stuff it suggested - turned it on and off and then uninstalled itunes and all the allied programmes and then reinstalled it. Itunes had then lost all the CDs I had previously loaded and all my podcasts. Worse - when I (stupidly) tried to synchronise my ipod, it wiped everything off it.
If you un-installed and then reinstalled itunes then unfortunately your music has been removed from your iPod and it will need to re-loaded. It is a long borne annoyance of itunes that it will not copy from the device to the PC only the other way.
Search for "importing" then select "Importing music and video already on your computer". The help topic will detail exactly how to do it. If you can't find that information, here it is:
Importing music and video already on your computer
You can import an audio file (or all the audio files in a folder) into your iTunes library.
If you have an iPod, you can add music to it only by using iTunes. To add music from MusicMatch Jukebox or Audible Manager to your iPod, you need to first import the music into iTunes.
Here are ways to import an audio file into your iTunes library:
? To import an individual audio file, choose File > Add File to Library, and then locate the music file you want added to your library.
? To import all the audio files in a folder, choose File > "Add Folder to Library," and then locate the folder containing the music you want added to your library. The My Music folder (inside the My Documents folder) is often the default location for files imported using other applications, such as MusicMatch.
By default, adding songs to your iTunes library places a pointer to each audio file in the iTunes Music folder; the original file remains in the current location. For information about copying files to the iTunes Music folder instead of referencing them, click the link below.
If the file is an unprotected WMA file and you have Windows Media Player Series 9 or later installed, iTunes makes a copy of the file in AAC format—or whatever format is chosen in the Advanced pane of iTunes preferences (in the Importing pane)—and adds it to your iTunes library. The original WMA file remains unchanged. You can't add protected WMA files or protected WMV files to iTunes.
If you want to search your entire computer, simply select the C: folder to search. Good luck!