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.ITHMB File Extension

Apple iPod / iPhone Media File

Image File
Files with the extension .ITHMB are media files utilised by the 'Apple iPOD'. .ITHMB files are most commonly picture files in a thumbnail format specific to the iPOD and they can be very difficult to open within an alternative operating systems.

.ITHMB picture files are 16-bit uncompressed raw picture files that tend to be very large in size. The reason for the uncompressed nature of the .ITHMB picture files is thought to be due to the lack of processing power available to the iPOD that would be required to decompress archived picture files and the extra power consumption needed for the process that would have drained users batteries faster.

A .ITHMB image file is made up of four images of different resolutions designed to be displayed on different screen sizes.
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How to Open .ITHMB (Apple iPod / iPhone Media File) files
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File type: Image
Popularity: Common (Common)
Author: Apple

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Comments (31)
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Wilson
2008-08-10 19:46:04
#1
Hi, I'm having problems opening .ITHMB files on my PC, if I try to open them I get a 'no preview available' message.

Can anybody help?
DJB
2008-08-10 21:10:39
#2
I need to convert .ITHMB files from my old iPOD into a more usable format maybe a jpg or bitmap - any suggestions?!?
Rah
2008-09-17 19:34:28
#3
I need to get these .ithmb files converted so I can view them or I need to know how to open them. PLEASE HELP!
Ipoo'd
2008-09-17 19:43:21
#4
Try plugging your iPod into the computer and when windows asks what to do with the new device select "use microsoft scanner and camera wizard" it should then let you extract them in full size, well it worked with my iPhone anyway. :)
maryrose
2008-09-18 06:57:17
#5
How can I transfer photos from my ipod to my computer?
Puzer
2008-10-01 11:31:08
#6
Ipoo'd, thanks for the tip, but do believe that an iphone is much more advanced technology than the regular 2008 ipod classic. Your tip only helped extract photos that are not in the .ithmb format, which i believe is what we are asking how to extract. Well, anyways, how do i convert .ithmb to a regular .jpg or bitmap image without downloading some sort of cheesy software thats gonna load my computer up with spyware?
Gary
2008-10-08 14:33:12
#7
attach your iphone, go into control panel, scanners and cameras and open the iphone. you will get a wizard that walks you through downloading all the files. mine download to .jpg format. no bogus software, pure windows/iphone bliss.
Gary
2008-10-15 11:38:37
#8
Hey Gary, Gary here. Your answer was right on! THANKS!!
Liz
2008-11-04 01:50:46
#9
putting some jpeg photos into an existing folder they ended up, unbeknown to me, in an IPOD Cache folder and became ITHMB files which I can no longer open. How can I convert them back to jpeg??
Fire44Raven
2008-11-11 20:15:15
#10
I rebooted my iPhone and my library photos were not added onto it again. Just my computer photos. These library photos are ITHMB and still in a file in my documents. I have no idea how to put them back on. I cannot just add the file. It doesn't work. HELP!!
Help PLZ!
2008-12-24 19:57:04
#11
Hi, i have a 5th generation ipod nano, and want to know how to convert my pictures on the computer to place on the nano, WITHOUT placing in entire folders. Just placing in single photos and such without the nano deleting the other pictures. You're a genius if you can figure it out, because I have spent days trying to figure this out!
RW
2009-03-31 12:16:52
#12
The fact that ithmb files are so hard to convert back to Jpeg is living proof of how greedy Apple is with its devices. They are friendly in accepting media, but not in giving them up (basically a one way street).

I have about 300 pictures on my ipod nano which were on my now-crashed hard drive. Thus I have no way that I know of to recover them. Thanks a lot Apple! - Frankly I don't know why teens rave over these devices...(My mp3 player is a die-hard iriver)
jeni
2009-05-09 03:07:16
#13
omg i have been trying to open ithmb files that were transfer onto my ipod by my man and he took them from his ipod and placed them onto my ipod... i have tried everything for the life of me to open these files... i really want to look at these pictures and i can not... can someone please help me convert these files??? i have a 30 gb ipod 2007?
Tim
2009-05-23 00:18:32
#14
I have the 120gb iPod and I have over 3000, yes 3 thousand pictures of my son from birth to 3 years old. And unfortunately my hard drive got a virus and I lost all of my pictures.

Can someone please tell me how I can transfer my picture files from my ipod back to my computer?
Burlington Berty
2009-06-22 06:02:31
#15
Thnaks I'Pood. Your fix worked a treat. Most grateful.
Jayne
2009-07-05 16:52:35
#16
Thanks Gary. I followed your advice after spending hours trying to transfer photos from iphone to lap top. Success!
Jason
2009-07-25 04:02:38
#17
Hi, I have tried to follow the steps in the link below to open my ithmb files in my PC but when I reach step 6, I get a message telling me that file type is unknown!

Can someone please advice me. I am desperate!

modmyi.com/wiki/index.php/Convert_iThmb_Photo_Files
Jason
2009-07-26 04:36:26
#18
Hi All,

I have some .ithmb files in my windows pc that I desperately need to open. I have tried using DOS based ithmbconv.exe to open the files to no avail. Can anyone help please.

Shane
2009-12-12 20:51:05
#19
I Have an ipod nano 8 gb the older version. I'm trying to get my pictures out of it and on to my computer - could you please tell me how to do this?
Janene
2010-01-10 21:47:27
#20
I'm trying to convert photos from my iPhone to my computer but not sure how to convert this .ithmb file.
DARKO
2010-02-09 12:15:54
#21
I have some .ithmb files on my Windows pc. I have tried using DOS based ithmbconv.exe - how do I convert .ithmb to a regular .jpg?
John
2010-02-13 14:54:45
#22
well if the photos still show up on your ipod (without it being a plugin of course) all you have to do is go to the ipod by going to my computer then to your ipod then searching for a folder called photos on the ipod and they should all be right there...unless you're like me and accidentally hit delete on that folder and now have lost them.
Lance
2010-03-07 21:16:10
#23
Anybody know of a good Ithmb converter for converting Ithmb to JPG?
Patrick
2010-05-03 17:31:35
#24
Kudos Garyu! Windows camera and scanner wizard works great! Pictures transferred from iPhone to PC as JPEGS. No software to buy!
hopefully helpful
2010-08-09 21:18:28
#25
The answer to this problem is simply simple. All you need to do is go to your windows photo gallery (click your start icon and type it in the search box) select file import from camera/scanner, select your iphone, and tada!
Ed
2010-09-01 22:23:19
#26
have some photos that were on my iphone, I did a sink and now the pics are on my lenovo t400s as ithmb files, how can I convert them since they are already on my pc, thanks for any help.
mario
2010-10-12 01:25:22
#27
The best solution: attach your iphone, go into control panel, scanners and cameras and open the iphone. you will get a wizard that walks you through downloading all the files. mine download to .jpg format. no bogus software, pure windows/iphone bliss.
James
2011-02-26 11:13:50
#28
Hi,
My photos on my ipod where saved on my pictures as an ifile and i can not open them. How can i restore them as normal photos on my laptop. How can I do this and view my old photos again?
DeeDublyu
2011-06-20 04:34:10
#29
Absolutely, stunningly simple...and no need for more software. Used Scanner/Camera wizard to download all photo files to a New download folder and left the Cache folder alone. Outstanding....Thank you very much.
MamboKing88
2011-07-12 16:45:11
#30
Best Answer ,Direction capabilities and simplicity award goes to "Hopefully Helpful" 2010-08-09 21;18;28. I was at my wits end trying to view my Iphone photos on my PC ( not MAC) and after trying the rest and many other websites your guide was a God sent!! Thank you so much for sharing!
Desparado
2011-10-26 03:13:58
#31
Something happened when my husband backed up my iphone thanks to the new IOS 5 software (i am being sarcastic when I say thanks) and I lost all my photos from my iphone. However, I do have an iphone photo Cache on my computer but it is in that tricky .ithmb file. Since I cannot send them to my Windows 7 computer in a jpeg file since they are gone, how do I convert them to jpeg?
Please help!
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