How to Transfer Music onto Your iPod – 2018



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How to Copy Music from Your iPod to Your Computer

Three Methods:

This wikiHow teaches you how to copy music from an iPod to a Windows or Mac computer. You can use the free Sharepod program to move music of of virtually any iPod, or you can use iTunes and your computer's file explorer program to pull music off of older iPods.

Steps

  1. Put your iPod in Disk Mode.If you're using a non-Touch model of iPod, you'll need to enable your iPod's Disk Mode feature in order for your computer to recognize it. The process for enabling Disk Mode varies depending on the iPod:
    • iPod Nano 6th or 7th Generation— Press theSleep/Wakeand eitherHome(7th generation) orVolume Down(6th generation) buttons at the same time until the Apple logo appears, then hold down theVolume DownandVolume Upbuttons until the Disk Mode screen appears.
    • iPod with a Click Wheel— SwitchHoldon and off, press and holdMenuandSelectuntil the Apple logo appears, release the buttons, and hold downSelectandPlayuntil the Disk Mode screen appears.
    • iPod with a Touch/Scroll Wheel— SwitchHoldon and off, press and holdPlayandMenuuntil the Apple logo appears, release the buttons, and press and holdPreviousandNextuntil the Disk Mode screen appears.
    • iPod Classic— Disk Mode is neither supported nor needed when connecting a classic iPod to your computer.
  2. Attach your iPod to your computer.Plug one end of your iPod's charger cable into one of your computer's USB ports, then plug the other end of the cable into your iPod.
    • You may need a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter for your Mac if your Mac doesn't have any traditional USB ports.
  3. Select music.Hold down (Windows) orCommand(Mac) while you click each song that you want to select.
    • If you want to transfer all of your iPod's music onto your computer, skip to the next step's substep.
  4. Select a transfer folder.Once your music is selected, clickTRANSFERin the bottom-right corner of the window, clickTransfer selected to a folder, select a folder on your computer, and clickOK.
    • If you want to transfer all of your iPod's music onto your computer, clickTRANSFER, then clickTransfer everything to a folder...in the drop-down menu.
  5. Click .It's a green button in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Doing so will move your selected music into your preferred folder on your computer.

Using Old iPods on Windows

  1. Understand that this won't work with iPod Touch models.Older iPods, such as the iPod Nano and iPods which have click wheels, store their music in a significantly easier to access format than do iPod Touches.
    • If you want to transfer iPod Touch music onto your computer, .
  2. Open iTunes.Double-click the iTunes app icon, which resembles a multicolored musical note on a white background.
    • If prompted to update iTunes, clickDownload iTunesand restart your computer when prompted.
    • If you don't have iTunes on your computer, install it before proceeding.
  3. Change your iTunes settings.In order to prevent errors or accidental file overwriting, you'll need to change a few iTunes settings before proceeding:
    • ClickEdit
    • ClickPreferences...
    • Click theDevicestab.
    • Check the "Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically" box.
    • Click theAdvancedtab.
    • Check the "Keep iTunes Media folder organized" box.
    • Check the "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" box.
    • ClickOK
  4. Put your iPod in Disk Mode.You'll need to enable your iPod's Disk Mode feature in order for your computer to recognize it. The process for enabling Disk Mode varies depending on the iPod:
    • iPod Nano 6th or 7th Generation— Press theSleep/Wakeand eitherHome(7th generation) orVolume Down(6th generation) buttons at the same time until the Apple logo appears, then hold down theVolume DownandVolume Upbuttons until the Disk Mode screen appears.
    • iPod with a Click Wheel— SwitchHoldon and off, press and holdMenuandSelectuntil the Apple logo appears, release the buttons, and hold downSelectandPlayuntil the Disk Mode screen appears.
    • iPod with a Touch/Scroll Wheel— SwitchHoldon and off, press and holdPlayandMenuuntil the Apple logo appears, release the buttons, and press and holdPreviousandNextuntil the Disk Mode screen appears.
    • iPod Classic— Disk Mode is neither supported nor needed when connecting a classic iPod to your computer.
  5. Attach your iPod to your computer.Plug one end of your iPod's charger cable into your iPod, then plug the other end into one of your computer's USB ports.
  6. Wait for the iPod to display in iTunes.Once your iPod's icon appears in the upper-left side of iTunes, you can proceed.
  7. Open Start .Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  8. Open File Explorer .Click the folder-shaped icon in the lower-left side of the Start window.
  9. Click your iPod's name.You'll find it on the left side of the File Explorer window, though you may have to scroll down on the left-hand pane of the window to see it.
    • If you can't find your iPod's name, clickThis PCon the left side of the File Explorer window, then double-click your iPod's name below the "Devices and drives" heading.
  10. Enable hidden folder viewing.Click theViewtab at the top of the File Explorer window, then check the "Hidden items" box. This will allow you to retrieve your iPod's music.
  11. Open the "iPod_Control" folder.Double-click this folder to do so.
  12. Open the "Music" folder.You'll find it inside the "iPod_Control" folder. Doing so will bring you to a list of folders with similar names (e.g., "F00", "F01", "F02", and so on).
  13. Select all folders inside the "Music" folder.Click any folder in the "Music" folder, then pressCtrl+A.
  14. Copy the folders.PressCtrl+Cto do so.
  15. Paste the folders into a folder on your hard drive.Go to a folder in which you want to save the music, then pressCtrl+Vto paste in the music.
  16. Add the music to iTunes.Once the music finishes copying onto your computer, you can add it to iTunes by doing the following:
    • Open iTunes if necessary.
    • ClickFile
    • ClickAdd Folder to Library...
    • Select your folder.
    • ClickSelect Folder
    • Since the music will be copied to the "iTunes Media" folder when you do this, you can delete the current folder after the music finishes adding to iTunes.

Using Old iPods on Mac

  1. Understand that this won't work with iPod Touch models.Older iPods, such as the iPod Nano and iPods which have click wheels, store their music in a significantly easier to access format than do iPod Touches.
    • If you want to transfer iPod Touch music onto your computer, .
  2. Open iTunes.Click the iTunes app icon, which resembles a multicolored musical note on a white background, in your Mac's Dock.
    • If prompted to update iTunes, clickDownload iTunesand restart your computer when prompted.
    • If you don't have iTunes on your computer, install it before proceeding.
  3. Change your iTunes settings.In order to prevent errors or accidental file overwriting, you'll need to change a few iTunes settings before proceeding:
    • ClickiTunesin the upper-left corner of the screen.
    • ClickPreferences...
    • Click theDevicestab.
    • Check the "Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically" box.
    • Click theAdvancedtab.
    • Check the "Keep iTunes Media folder organized" box.
    • Check the "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" box.
    • ClickOK
  4. Put your iPod in Disk Mode.You'll need to enable your iPod's Disk Mode feature in order for your computer to recognize it. The process for enabling Disk Mode varies depending on the iPod:
    • iPod Nano 6th or 7th Generation— Press theSleep/Wakeand eitherHome(7th generation) orVolume Down(6th generation) buttons at the same time until the Apple logo appears, then hold down theVolume DownandVolume Upbuttons until the Disk Mode screen appears.
    • iPod with a Click Wheel— SwitchHoldon and off, press and holdMenuandSelectuntil the Apple logo appears, release the buttons, and hold downSelectandPlayuntil the Disk Mode screen appears.
    • iPod with a Touch/Scroll Wheel— SwitchHoldon and off, press and holdPlayandMenuuntil the Apple logo appears, release the buttons, and press and holdPreviousandNextuntil the Disk Mode screen appears.
    • iPod Classic— Disk Mode is neither supported nor needed when connecting a classic iPod to your computer.
  5. Enable hidden folder viewing.ClickSpotlight in the top-right corner of the screen, then do the following:
    • Type interminal
    • Double-click Terminal
    • Type indefaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true ; killall Finder
    • PressReturn
  6. Attach your iPod to your computer.Plug one end of your iPod's charger cable into the iPod, then plug the other end into your computer.
    • If your Mac uses USB-C ports instead of USB 3.0 (rectangular) ports, you will need a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter to do this.
  7. Wait for the iPod to display in iTunes.Once your iPod's icon appears in the upper-left side of iTunes, you can proceed.
  8. Open Finder.Click the blue, face-shaped Finder app icon in the Dock.
  9. Click your iPod's name.It's in the lower-left side of the Finder window. Doing so will open your iPod's window.
    • If you can't find your iPod's name, clickThis PCon the left side of the File Explorer window, then double-click your iPod's name below the "Devices and drives" heading.
  10. Open the "iPod_Control" folder.Double-click this folder to do so.
  11. Open the "Music" folder.You'll find it inside the "iPod_Control" folder. Doing so will bring you to a list of folders with similar names (e.g., "F00", "F01", "F02", and so on).
  12. Select all folders inside the "Music" folder.Click any folder here, then pressCommand+Ato select the entire folder's contents.
  13. Copy the folders.PressCommand+Cto do so.
  14. Paste the folders into a folder on your hard drive.Go to a folder in which you want to save the music, then pressCommand+Vto paste in the music.
  15. Add the music to iTunes.Once you've moved the music onto your computer, you can add it to iTunes by doing the following:
    • Open iTunes if necessary.
    • ClickFile
    • ClickAdd to Library...
    • Select your folder.
    • If you don't see the music folders listed (e.g., "F00", "F01", "F02", and so on), you'll need to use the Terminal to make them visible to iTunes. In Terminal, change the directory to the folder where you pasted the music folders (e.g.,cd the_name_of_the_folder_you_pasted_into). Then typexattr -c *. This will remove the attributes that are preventing iTunes from seeing the music folders.
    • ClickOpen
  16. Make hidden files not visible in Finder again if you want.After successfully importing your music, you can typedefaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean false ; killall Finderin Terminal to make hidden files be no longer visible again in Finder.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    What does it mean when if iTunes does not provide the option to "Enable disk use"?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    This feature is not available on iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad because they are not storage devices.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I copy iPod music to iTunes without deleting the music on the iPod?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can easily add music to your iPod without losing any of the files currently on your iPod by going to your iTunes preferences and selecting "Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPhones from syncing automatically." Next, plug in your iPod, and go to your device options in iTunes and select "Manually manage music and videos." This will allow you to drag and drop music onto your iPod without losing the contents on your iPod.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What do I do if I got to the last action for method 2, iPod to computer via iTunes, and there was no option to select a folder?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Instead of selecting "Add Folder to Library," select "Add File to Library." From there, find the folder you placed the music files into. Next you will have to open each folder ("F00," "F01," and so on for each folder you have), use CTRL+A to select all files (they should all have four-letter titles of random letters), and press "Open." Go through this process for each folder.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Not all songs were transferred? Any ideas why?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Probably copyrighted.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What format is the music in when you do this? Are they in mp3 format?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    When you format the music, it does not change the type of file. It will remain mp3.
    Thanks!
Unanswered Questions
  • How can I copy the music from someone else's iPod into my library, but not add my music to the other person's iPod. And of course, not dare delete the other person's music from their iPod in the proce?
  • Copy from i-pod to PC worked but the files are in code (F01, F05, etc) not the name of the song. And they are hidden. Can I copy them to an i-pod and will the song info display at that time?
  • Can you copy songs by different artists into their own folders and have the title of the song be the file name? I want to keep all the tags and info. How do I tell the computer to label it like that?
  • What do I do if there is no option to select a folder?
  • Using method 2 after step 18 I cannot locate 'select folder' to copy files any ideas?
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  • You can transfer iPod Touch purchases to your computer by opening iTunes and signing in with the Apple ID that you used to purchase the music. Once the music appears in iTunes, you can download it by right-clicking the album and clickingDownload; when the download finishes, right-clicking a song in the album and clickingShow in File Explorer(Windows) orShow in Finder(Mac) will take you to the album's folder on your computer.

Warnings

  • Some music on your iPod (especially if you're using a classic iPod) may be encrypted. If so, you most likely won't be able to play it even if you can get it off of the iPod.

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