Each decade that goes by, the way we listen to music changes. Many of us have seen LPs, 8-tracks, cassette tapes, CDs and now mp3s. Technology has given us the ability to hold thousands of songs on something that fits in our back pocket. You no longer have to buy an entire CD for one song. Simply login to iTunes and purchase just your favorite songs from multiple artists and add them to your music collection in just seconds.

In the modern vernacular: Way cool! No CDs or records taking up space.

Ah, but therein lies the problem. There is also the chance that something bad could happen to your prized music collection. What happens if the player won’t play, or you accidentally delete your collection? The mp3 player is, after all, a type of computer with a hard drive and operating system of sorts. Fortunately, Mac or Windows data recovery software, like Prosoft’s Data Rescue 3, can recover those inaccessible music files. With the device plugged into the computer, this hard drive data recovery software sees the player as an external drive and works its magic on it.