My computer crashed-how do I reset my iTunes?

My computer crashed/froze/died. We reformatted, and I want to reset my library again. I reinstalled iTunes, but everything I read says that I cannot transfer the songs from my mini into a new library. I have to have it saved into a folder on my mini, then copy that into a new computer/folder. Since I wasn't prepared for a total crash, I didn't do that. Is there any way I can save my songs-many that are bought through iTunes?

Check out the instructions/suggestions here.
Music from iPod to computer.
There's also another method I've seen posted. I've successfully tested this across several different Windows PCs.
Open iTunes and select edit/preferences/advanced/general. Put a check mark in the box marked "copy files to iTunes music folder when adding to library" and also "keep iTunes music folder organized", then click 'ok'.
Connect the iPod whilst holding down the shift/ctrl keys to prevent any auto sync, and if you see the dialogue window asking if you want to sync to this itunes library, click 'no'.
Then go to file/add folder, open 'my computer', select your iPod and click 'ok'.
The music files should transfer to your iTunes.
However it appears that no playlists or any other info such as ratings/last played etc will transfer.
If this is important to you, you may want to use other options.
There's Yamipod. This is a free program that transfers music and playlists etc from iPod back to the computer.

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