Man, everything bad happens to you, Gregg.
OK, I copied these instructions from iPod.iTunes
. Follow them VERY carefully!
[SIZE=1]If the iPod preferences are set to "Automatically update all songs and playlists" (which is default) and you delete some or all of your tracks/playlists in your iTunes library by accident, iTunes will delete those tracks/playlists on the iPod!!!
- the next time you connect the iPod
- the next time you start iTunes while the iPod is connected
The auto update mode in iTunes creates always an exact mirror of the iTunes library on the iPod. If the tracks in the iTunes library are gone, they will also be deleted on the iPod.
To get the tracks/playlists in this situation back from the iPod, follow these steps exactly:
- Quit iTunes in case it's running.
- Disconnect the iPod in case it is connected.
- Start iTunes.
- Connect the iPod. In iTunes, immediately hold down the Option-Command keys. When the iPod appears in iTunes source column, wait five seconds, then release the keys.
This will skip the automatic iPod update, avoiding the deletion of the iPod tracks which you've accidentally deleted in iTunes before.
- Set the iPod preferences to "Manually manage songs and playlists".
To open the iPod preferences, select the iPod within iTunes source column, then click onto the upcoming iPod icon at the right bottom of the iTunes window (the left icon).
- Run iPod.iTunes to restore the desired tracks/playlists.
- You may now set the iPod preferences back to "Automatically update all songs and playlists".[/size=1]
OK, I test it and the iPod.iTunes software works.
I just tested it by deleting a song in my iTunes library and seeing if it will restore the copy on my iPod. It didn't do anything when I first launched it, wouldn't let me press any tabs or the "Start" button. Quit it, relaunched it, and it worked fine. It really takes its time though. One song took about 10 minutes, however much of that was scanning the whole iPod and copying the playlists, not copying the songs over. But let the software run its course. If you interrupt it, things might not fixed or might even make things worse, so be patient!
Man, I'm so sorry you're having these problems with your new Mac. I just feel bad that you took a chance, made the switch, but probably don't have a very good opinion of your Mac at this point.