Copying music from mini ipod to computer

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I want to copy the music I have on my ipod nano to a different computer with a fresh copy of itunes 10.1.1.4.
I tried the directions I found on the support page; Edit, Preference, check - Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding library. The iTunes Media folder does exist. Then - File Library, Organize Library, check - Consolidate files. okay
Nothing happens - I'm afraid to hit sync, I do have the Manually manage music and Video checked.
If I hit sync I get a warning message about replacing music on the ipod with music on the computer. There is no music on the PC, that's the whole problem. If I lose this music there is a chance I will never breath again.
I have gone through the steps to transfer authorized purchases and authorizing the PC. I have completed 2 computers out of 5.
Oh, crap, forgot, I'm using Windows 8 and I do have enough space on the computer to hold the music files.
Thanks you
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