How to Copy Music from Your iPod to Your Computer

This emindsca teaches you how to transfer music from an iPod to a PC or Mac. You can transfer music from virtually any iPod using the free Sharepod programme, or you can use iTunes and your computer’s file explorer programme to transfer music from older iPods.

Method 1 Using Sharepod

1. Turn on iTunes sharing. While Sharepod does not directly interact with iTunes in order to transfer songs from your iPod to your computer, it does require iTunes to be installed and capable of sharing XML:

Open iTunes.

Click either Edit (Windows) or iTunes (Mac) in the upper-left corner of iTunes.

Click Preferences…

Click the Advanced tab.

Check the “Share iTunes XML with other locations” box.

Click OK

2. Navigate to the Sharepod website. In your computer’s web browser, navigate to https://www.getsharepod.com/download/. Sharepod is a free programme for Windows and Mac that allows you to transfer songs directly from your iPod to your computer.

Sharepod works with both newer iPods (such as the iPod Touch) and older iPods.

3. Install Sharepod. Near the top of the page, click either Download for Windows or Download for Mac. The Sharepod installation file will be downloaded to your computer.

4. Download and install Sharepod. This procedure may differ slightly depending on your computer:

Windows users should double-click the Sharepod installation file and then follow the on-screen installation instructions. If Sharepod offers to install QuickTime for you, accept the offer.

Mac: Double-click the Sharepod DMG file, then drag the Sharepod logo to the “Applications” folder icon and follow the on-screen installation instructions. In your Mac’s security settings, you may need to make an exception for Sharepod.

5. Switch your iPod to Disk Mode. If you have an iPod that isn’t a Touch model, you’ll need to enable the Disk Mode feature in order for your computer to recognise it. Depending on the iPod, the process for enabling Disk Mode differs:

6th or 7th Generation iPod Nano — Hold down the Sleep/Wake and either the Home (7th generation) or Volume Down (6th generation) buttons until the Apple logo appears, then hold down the Volume Down and Volume Up buttons until the Disk Mode screen appears.

iPod Touch with a Click Wheel — Change Hold down Menu and Select until the Apple logo appears, then release the buttons and hold down Select and Play until the Disk Mode screen appears.

iPod Touch/Scroll Wheel — Change Hold down the Play and Menu buttons until the Apple logo appears, then release the buttons and press and hold Previous and Next until the Disk Mode screen appears.

Disk Mode is not supported or required when connecting a classic iPod to your computer.

6. Connect your iPod to the computer. Plug one end of your iPod’s charger cable into a USB port on your computer, then the other end into your iPod.

If your Mac lacks traditional USB ports, you may require a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter.

7. Open Sharepod. Once Sharepod is installed, double-click its app icon.

Sharepod may open automatically at the end of the installation process.

8. When prompted, click Done. This will open the main Sharepod window.

If you closed iTunes earlier, it will reopen at this point. You must allow it to run in the background while using Sharepod.

9. Choose some music. While clicking each song that you want to select, hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac).

Skip to the next step’s substep if you want to transfer all of your iPod’s music to your computer.

10. Choose a transfer folder. After you’ve chosen your music, click TRANSFER in the bottom-right corner of the window, then click Transfer selected to a folder, navigate to a folder on your computer, and click OK.

To transfer all of your iPod’s music to your computer, click TRANSFER, then in the drop-down menu, select Transfer everything to a folder.

11. Click GO. 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.

Method 2 Using Old iPods on Windows

1. Please keep in mind that this will not work with iPod Touch models. Older iPods, such as the iPod Nano and iPods with click wheels, store their music in a much more accessible format than iPod Touches.

Use Sharepod to transfer music from your iPod Touch to your computer.

2. Launch iTunes. Click the iTunes app icon, which looks like a multicoloured musical note on a white background, twice.

If you are prompted to update iTunes, click Download iTunes and restart your computer.

Install iTunes if you don’t already have it on your computer.

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:

Click Edit

Click Preferences…

Click the Devices tab.

Check the “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically” box.

Click the Advanced tab.

Check the “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” box.

Check the “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library” box.

Click OK

4. Switch your iPod to Disk Mode. In order for your computer to recognise your iPod, you must enable its Disk Mode feature. Depending on the iPod, the process for enabling Disk Mode differs:

6th or 7th Generation iPod Nano — Hold down the Sleep/Wake and either the Home (7th generation) or Volume Down (6th generation) buttons until the Apple logo appears, then hold down the Volume Down and Volume Up buttons until the Disk Mode screen appears.

iPod Touch with a Click Wheel — Change Hold down Menu and Select until the Apple logo appears, then release the buttons and hold down Select and Play until the Disk Mode screen appears.

iPod Touch/Scroll Wheel — Change Hold down the Play and Menu buttons until the Apple logo appears, then release the buttons and press and hold Previous and Next until the Disk Mode screen appears.

Disk Mode is not supported or required when connecting a classic iPod to your computer.

5. Connect your iPod to the computer. Plug one end of your iPod’s charger cable into the iPod, and the other end into a USB port on your computer.

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 the name of your iPod. It’s on the left side of the File Explorer window, though you may have to scroll down on the left-hand pane to see it.

If you can’t find the name of your iPod, click This PC on the left side of the File Explorer window, then double-click it below the “Devices and drives” heading.

10. Enable viewing of hidden folders. At the top of the File Explorer window, click the View tab, then check the “Hidden items” box. This will allow you to access the music on your iPod.

11. Open the “iPod_Control” folder. Double-click this folder to do so.

12. Navigate to the “Music” folder. It’s located in the “iPod Control” folder. This will bring you to a list of folders with names that are similar to yours (e.g., “F00”, “F01”, “F02”, and so on).

13. Select all folders inside the “Music” folder. Click any folder in the “Music” folder, then press Ctrl+A.

14. Copy the folders. Press Ctrl+C to 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 press Ctrl+V to 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.

Click File

Click Add Folder to Library…

Select your folder.

Click Select 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.

Method 3 Using Old iPods on Mac

1. Please keep in mind that this will not work with iPod Touch models. Older iPods, such as the iPod Nano and iPods with click wheels, store their music in a much more accessible format than iPod Touches.

Use Sharepod to transfer music from your iPod Touch to your computer.

2. Launch iTunes. In your Mac’s Dock, select the iTunes app icon, which looks like a multicoloured musical note on a white background.

If you are prompted to update iTunes, click Download iTunes and restart your computer.

Install iTunes if you don’t already have it on your computer.

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:

Click iTunes in the upper-left corner of the screen.

Click Preferences…

Click the Devices tab.

Check the “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically” box.

Click the Advanced tab.

Check the “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” box.

Check the “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library” box.

Click OK

4. Switch your iPod to Disk Mode. In order for your computer to recognise your iPod, you must enable its Disk Mode feature. Depending on the iPod, the process for enabling Disk Mode differs:

iPod Nano 6th or 7th Generation — Hold down the Sleep/Wake and either Home (7th generation) or Volume Down (6th generation) buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears, then press and hold the Volume Down and Volume Up buttons until the Disk Mode screen appears.

iPod Touch with a Click Wheel — Change Hold down Menu and Select until the Apple logo appears, then release the buttons and hold down Select and Play until the Disk Mode screen appears.

iPod Touch/Scroll Wheel — Change Hold down the Play and Menu buttons until the Apple logo appears, then release the buttons and press and hold Previous and Next until the Disk Mode screen appears.

Disk Mode is not supported or required when connecting a classic iPod to your computer.

5. Enable hidden folder viewing. Click Spotlight Image titled Macspotlight.png in the top-right corner of the screen, then do the following:

Type in terminal

Double-click Image titled Macterminal.png Terminal

Type in defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true ; killall Finder

Press ⏎ Return

6. Connect your iPod to the computer. Connect one end of your iPod’s charger cable to the iPod and the other to your computer.

If your Mac has USB-C ports rather than USB 3.0 (rectangular) ports, you’ll need a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter.

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 the name of your iPod. It’s located in the lower-left corner of the Finder window. This will open the iPod’s window.

If you can’t find the name of your iPod, click This PC on the left side of the File Explorer window, then double-click it 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 press ⌘ Command+A to select the entire folder’s contents.

13. Copy the folders. Press ⌘ Command+C to 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 press ⌘ Command+V to 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.

Click File

Click Add 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 type xattr -c *. This will remove the attributes that are preventing iTunes from seeing the music folders.

Click Open

16. Make hidden files not visible in Finder again if you want. After successfully importing your music, you can type defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean false ; killall Finder in Terminal to make hidden files be no longer visible again in Finder.

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