OPEN THREAD: I LOST ALL MY MUSIC! HOW DO I GET IT BACK?

It's all GOOOOOOOONE!!
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Lori Conte
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It's all GOOOOOOOONE!!

I knew this would happen. KNEW IT!!! I bought a new MacBook Air and as soon as I plugged in my "old" IPod from 2010…POOF...BYE-BYE!  All the music in my iTunes library vanished, just like that, in one single move. Years of downloading, buying, and stealing music wiped out in a matter of seconds.

2007 MacBook (with old Ipod) that doesn't even turn on!

2007 MacBook (with old Ipod) that doesn't even turn on!

After a worthless trip to Best Buy (where I cried like a child to the Geek Squad), and $250 later, I am now starting from scratch.

Starting over...

Starting over...

Obviously not the hugest tragedy, but I'm still complaining! Any ideas on how to fix?  Feel free to whine about anything else here!