You can't simply copy them off (that I'm aware of). You need to use iTunes or a third part app to access the device. This is the price you pay for using Apple hardware.
I know what you mean,Jim/Odba11 (and if you knew me IRL you'd know I'm incredibly boring when I go on theoretically about my feelings about open/closed technology haha) but I am still really hoping for a solution, even a workaround. I suppose I should've clarified that I've tried my best to do it through iTunes first, many times (as explained above, although I'm not very tech-smart so there's likely more I could do), and of course if there's no other way, I'd gladly accept recommendations for third-party software. Do you have any you've used that you can recommend? Ideally free (I have no way of paying for anything online at the moment sorry about that, haha...)You can't simply copy them off (that I'm aware of). You need to use iTunes or a third part app to access the device. This is the price you pay for using Apple hardware.
Wow, thanks so much for this Oddba11/Jim - I know what you mean about the frustration of using Apple devices - I am a bit of an anxiously loyal hoarder of objects (like I won't buy new or different devices until there's no other way), and since this is an old device/given to me second-hand, I try to keep it running and use it, instead of using something new, and end up sticking to using iTunes to add new songs and things.Let me start by saying that I haven't used an iPod in quite awhile. When I was, I was simply annoyed by iTunes and having to have it installed to manage my music on the device. I ended up using a third party application (can't remember the name) to move files to/from the device. From what I recall, the reason for software in the first place is because Apple doesn't store the files on the device in their native format. The software will convert how the files are stored on the device to what is seen by Windows (ie: mp3 files stored on an iPod don't show up as mp3 files). The same applies to your photos as they are likely jpg (or another common image format) and not ".ithmb" files.
I will add, that if iTunes itself isn't capable of viewing/showing all of the files, they likely don't exist. Actual files are NOT stored in the "cache" folder. Cache is a temp folder. So it would appear that at some point, the files/folder was removed/deleted/corrupted.
In any case, I've used CopyTrans in the past, and a couple of others that I don't recall.
Reference here: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/297...s-to-itunes-10-for-easily-managing-your-ipod/