Last updated: Apr. 12, 2017
It can be annoying even scary if you couldn't find some of songs on your iPod. Maybe you've just deleted them unintentionally, or they were lost due to a sync-up failure or iOS update (iPod Touch only). Good news is that your files are not necessarily lost for good, provided that you take action quickly.
Thanks to technology, there are several ways to recover lost iPod files depending the iPod model you're using, though. More specifically, the solutions are software. Frankly, there is a broad range of backup and recovery software out there. A simple Google search will reveal a long list.
So what's the best iPod data recovery software? Today we're bound to share all of them with you. Our goal is simple — to help you restore your deleted or lost music files.
First things first...
No matter you use an iPod Touch or an iPod Nano, Shuffle, when you realize that some or all of your songs are gone, stop using the device! Do not attempt to transfer additional files to the device, as you may significantly decrease chances of recovery. Because the lost data are probably still intact in the flash storage of your device, and they could be "written-over" if you keep saving new data.
Next, grab a recovery software to see if it can help you retrieve your lost content.
Here, we need to break down the software into two categories — based on the iPod model you use: iPod Touch vs other classic iPods.
Why does it matter? Because iPod Touch is the only iPod in the family that is equipped with iOS, a mobile operating system mainly designed for iPhones and iPads; While iPod Nano, Shuffle, Classic, etc., instead run custom software.
iPod Touch Data Recovery Software
Recently Deleted (more like a feature) — if your iPod Touch is with iOS 8 or later, you'll find this "Recently Deleted" folder in Photos app (under the Albums tab). If you've deleted some photos or videos, they'll go to this folder and stay there for up to 30 days. Go check it out.
iCloud — except music, almost every type of data (e.g. pictures, videos, contacts, calendar, etc.) can be backed up by iCloud if you've enabled it in your iPod iTouch.
iTunes — similar to iCloud, iTunes app also has the capability to backup all the data on your iPod Touch. If your songs and files deleted after you made an iTunes backup, chances are high to restore the lost items.
Stellar Data Recovery for iOS — recognized as one of the best iOS data recovery software, is able to scan and retrieve many types of files from an iOS device including iPod Touch (iPhone and iPad as well).
Data Recovery Software for iPod Nano, Shuffle, Mini, Classic
iTunes library — this is the first place you should check out. Sometimes even if you have deleted some songs off your iPod, there may be a copy in the iTunes library. Also, if you've backed up your iPod, restoring the data is also easy. This ilounge article shows you how.
Stellar Photo Recovery — if you don't have any backups, then a third-party recovery app may be your last option. Stellar can retrieve pictures, videos, and songs. Get the app and install it on your computer (PC or Mac) first. Then connect your iPod, and run a quick or full scan of the device to see if it would find any recoverable files.
What's your opinion?
Hope you found the above iPod data recovery programs helpful. If you have managed to get back your lost songs or other type of files, or encounter any issues in the process, please let us know by leaving a comment below.
Andreas is an Apple and Microsoft fanboy who works with his Mac and lives with a PC at home. While he is not reading technology journals, you’ll probably find him playing online games with friends or hiking in the wild.