3 Methods to Complete iPod Music Transfer in 2024

Here are 3 methods about iPod music transfer. After reading, you are able to choose one that works best for you.


By Kathy / Updated on May 31, 2024

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iPod is a portable music player owned by Apple, and people often use it to listen to music, play videos, browse photos, and so on. Sometimes users want to share the music on their iPod to different electronic devices, like computers, iPhones, and iPad. In this following article, let’s discuss how to transfer music from iPod to a computer.

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It gives 3 methods to readers about how to get music off iPod In this text, involves using iTunes, FoneTool and Windows Explorer. If you need to transfer multiple songs from iPod Touch to iPhone, iPad, Windows PC and vice versa, FoneTool mentioned in Method 2 may be the best way to make it.

Method 1. How to transfer music from iPod to computer with iTunes

If you have iTunes on your computer, you can use it to transmit music from iPod to the computer. To be honest, this way is kind of complex.

Before using it, you have to make sure iTunes won't automatically sync with your iPod, otherwise, it will may cause data loss.

Step 1. Don’t connect any devices, and then launch iTunes > Go to Edit > Tap Preferences.

Step 2. Find the Device icon and click it.

Step 3. Check “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically”, and tap the OK button.

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After completing the above operations, you can start to transfer music from iPod to the computer with iTunes. The steps are given below.

Step 1. Connect your iPod to your PC with a USB cable, and then run iTunes.

⚠️Note: To prevent unforeseen problems, it is best to use the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2. Click Music in the list on the left.

Step 3. Choose  Entire music library or Selected playlist, artists, album and genres, and then click Apply button.

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Step 4. Open the iTunes folder in the C drive (usually, files are saved on this drive), and you will find the transferred music.

You can also finish the iPod music transfer without iTunes to computer with other 2 ways.

Method 2. The best way to copy music from iPod to computer

Here I recommend a professional iPod data transfer app - FoneTool for you. Compared with iTunes, it won’t erase any data during the transfer. Not only that, but It also has some other advantages.

Only a USB connection ensures all transfer processes are safe and stable.
Fast transfer speed allows you to move 1000 songs within minutes.
An easy-to-use interface makes all tasks so simple.
Easily transfer from iPod to another iPod/iPhone/iPad without any Apple ID restrictions.
Preview and select songs you like to transfer from iPod to PC and vice versa.

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Step 1. Install and launch the FoneTool > Connect your iPod to the computer via a USB cable > Enter the passcode on iPod > Click Phone Transfer > Click Get Started under iPhone to PC.

⚠️Note: When the iPod connects to the PC, a window will pop up on the screen, you need to click Trust to allow the computer to access your iPod.

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Step 2. Click Music and choose the music files that you want to transfer. Then, click Start Transfer.

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Method 3. Move music from iPod to computer using the Windows Explorer

You can also connect your iPod to your computer and then copy the  music files. When your iPod is plugged into the computer, the computer will report finding a new drive, and you can get the relevant data directly from the iPod drive.

Step 1. Connect your iPod to your PC, go to File Explorer and click the iPod control.

⚠️Note: If the folder is empty, then you should look for all hidden files or folders.

Step 2. Open the Start menu, search for This PC, and choose This PC.

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Step 3. Tap the View, and enable the Hidden items checkbox to check the hidden files. 

Step 4. Select the music, and copy and paste them to your computer.

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Final words

3 iPod music transfer methods are mentioned in the article, which includes utilizing iTunes, Windows Explorer, and FoneTool. You can use your preferred iPod music transfer software to finish the process.

In reality, you can use FoneTool to back up your data as well. It also does a good job of backing up iPhone/iPad and iPod Touch. With its powerful function, you can easily fully or selectively back up your device as you like.

Kathy · Editor
Kathy is an editor of FoneTool, who prefers to help more users address a series of iOS-related problems. She likes traveling and being close to nature makes her relax. She is also keen to engage in social activities and spend much free time with her friends.