How To Transfer Music From IPod To Computer

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: November 23, 2021

We all got that urge to listen to our favorite songs anywhere we go and whatever we do. If you are looking for options on how to transfer music from iPod to your computer, then you have come to the right page. Let’s altogether learn how to easily spread our favorite beats!

Part 1. How to Easily Transfer Music from iPod to Computer- FREE DownloadPart 2. Manually Transfer Music from iPod to Computer (iPod Touch Not Included)Part 3. Sync Music Files to iTunes - Bonus TipPart 4. Summary

Part 1. How to Easily Transfer Music from iPod to Computer- FREE Download

Apple is extremely strict when it comes to copying music from your iPod down to your computer. If you have songs saved on the iPod that was ripped from your old CDs, then you might have a hard time transferring these tunes.

However, I found a versatile program that can allow you to transfer music from an iPod to a computer without any worries and restrictions. It’s called FoneDog Phone Transfer, the easiest program to transfer any type of file from any mobile device like iPhone to Android (vice versa), and iPod or iPad to another device like Android, and even from mobile to computer.

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#1: FoneDog Phone Transfer features:

  • iOS to iOS transfer
  • iOS to Android
  • Android to iOS
  • Android to Android
  • Android to PC
  • PC to iOS
  • And PC to Android

This software also supports all kinds of iPhones, iPad, and iPod touch including the latest iOS 12. All Android devices running on 2.3 and up are also supported.

#2: Here’s how:

  1. Download and install for FREE FoneDog Phone Transfer. Launch the program after a successful installation.
  2. Connect your iPod to the computer and go to Music on the program’s home screen
  3. Select the music you want to transfer over by ticking the box beside each
  4. Click Export and choose Export to PC option
  5. Find or create a folder destination on the computer

Music Export Pc

That’s it! It’s pretty simple to transfer your favorite music from iPod to the computer.

Part 2. Manually Transfer Music from iPod to Computer (iPod Touch Not Included)

If you are like me who owns an iPod legacy then we have more serious issues because our devices are no longer supported by iOS, especially the iPod Nano and Shuffle. And when you connect your iPod to iTunes, it automatically uploads the music to your device and replaces the music in your iPod library. You don’t want iTunes to overwrite your music, right? So what do you need to do?

We can, however, transfer music manually from the iPod to a computer but might test a little of your patience. Don’t worry; I’ll make sure you’ll get the steps easily!

  1. On your computer, make sure no iOS device is connected yet. Go to Edit and then Preferences.
  2. Click on the Devices Tab and check the box for “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically"
  3. Connect your iPod to the computer and a new window pops up with the iPod drive. Navigate to iPod_Control > Music. Alternatively, you can copy and paste this on the Windows explorer URL bar. You’ll see that your folders labeled with the letter “F” following a number.
  4. Copy the folders from the iPod and paste them in a new destination folder. You can merge the music files with your existing music folder or you can create a new folder dedicated to the iPod only.
  5. Verify all the music files and wait until all the selected music folders are transferred completely.

After you have copied your desired music from the iPod to the computer, don’t forget to safely eject the iPod by right-clicking on the iPod drive and click Eject.

Now that you have successfully transferred your favorite music to the computer, you can have the option to add these songs to your iTunes library.

To do this, simply follow this guide:

  1. Open iTunes on the computer and again click Edit and go to Preferences.
  2. Go to Advanced tab and check the box for “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library
  3. If you want to organize the music accordingly, you may also check the box for “Keep iTunes Media Folder organized

You can also drag and drop the songs from the Windows Explorer to your iTunes. Since you got all your music files into the iTunes library, you can now sync it with your other iOS devices like your iPhone.

If you have more room in your hard drive, it’s best to set the music files into one location only which is the iTunes Music Folder, so it will be easy to back up in the future.

  1. On your iTunes Library go to File and then Library, and select Organize library.
  2. Check the box for “Consolidate Files” inside the Organize Library window and click OK to apply the changes made.

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Part 3. Sync Music Files to iTunes - Bonus Tip

If music is a part of your daily routine and you got a new iPod to set your mood every day, you can turn on and sync your music files to iTunes. There is no need for you to do anything manually, you can just turn on the sync options from the iTunes.

#1: Here’s how:

  1. Connect your iPod to your computer and open iTunes
  2. From the iTunes window, click on the device icon
  3. Go to Settings and click on Music
  4. Check the box for Sync Music and choose your desired sync mode (entire music library, selected, include videos, and include voice memos)
  5. Don’t forget to click Apply to save the changes

#2: If you want to sync over Wi-Fi:

  1. Go to the Summary tab of iTunes while your iPod is still connected
  2. Choose “Sync with this (device) over Wi-Fi
  3. And click Apply

Sync Music To Itunes

Part 4. Summary

There you have it guys, we've all learned different methods of music transfer today. Transferring music from the iPod to the computer is simple when you apply any of the methods we recommended above. You no longer have to spend a lot of time reading and watching tutorials just to get it right, you have everything you need at one page. Do you have other suggested methods on how to transfer music from iPod to computer? Let us know in the comments!

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Gina Barrow

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Kitchen, my safe space; black, my favorite color

Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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