iPod corruption is a common phenomenon that can take place at any time. The reasons behind its corruption can range from the presence of corrupt songs or other files to improper ejection from the computer and so on.
A corrupt iPod can exhibit strange behaviour whilst freezing at regular intervals. Fortunately, the corruption issue can be addressed easily. The process involves restoring it and repeatedly uploading the lost content using a clean and updated backup. However, if you haven’t maintained a backup of its data, you can still recover it with minimal effort and in less time. You would be just required to download an efficient yet easy-to-use iPod recovery software from the Internet.
Consider a scenario wherein you connect an iPod to your Mac machine to add more songs and files to the existing list. When you try to drag the songs onto the iPod, you get a message to restart the machine. You restart the machine and connect the iPod, only to find out the following error message:
“iTunes has detected an iPod that appears to be corrupted. You may need to restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes. You may also try disconnecting and reconnecting the iPod.”
In order to recover its data, you would be required of you to take appropriate steps. But, it is equally important for you to be familiar with the causes behind the above error.
Causes of Corrupted iPod
Sometimes iPods can become corrupted, and the music files can no longer be played. There are several potential causes of iPod corruption. One common cause is the accidental deletion of music files from the iPod. Another common cause is a power failure while the iPod is turned on. If the battery in an iPod dies while it is being charged, it can also cause corruption. A corrupted iPod may also result from a software or hardware problem with the iPod itself. In some cases, a corrupt iPod may be caused by a virus or other malware infection.
As described in the error message, the iPod has become corrupted, and you must fix it before it can be used again with iTunes. The reasons behind the corruption could be iPod file system corruption, corruption due to using an iPod with different machines (PC to PC or PC to Mac), damaged hard disc clusters, and more.
How to fix a corrupted iPod?
The problem can be overcome by ‘restoring’ the iPod. Here are the steps:
- Download and install a new version of iTunes
- Open iTunes and connect your iPod
- Once you locate the iPod in the Source panel in iTunes, select it, you will see the information about your iPod in the Summary tab of the main iTunes window.
- Click Restore (If using Mac, you will be asked to enter the administrator’s name and password)
As restoring erases all the songs and other files on the iPod, you must have a backup to recover its data. All of your favourite music tracks, videos, audiobooks, podcasts and games can be loaded back to your iPod without much hassle. However, you must switch to a third-party iPod recovery tool if no backup is available.
Stellar Phoenix iPod Recovery is reliable software that recovers lost data – songs, videos, graphics, photos, text documents etc. – from both iPod Classic and iPod Shuffle models. The iPod recovery software is available for both Windows and Mac users.