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How to Add Songs From iPod to iTunes

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Aaron Donald

February 8, 2017 (Updated: September 20, 2017)• Filed to: Transfer iPhone Media

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When your computer is broken by accident or you need to update the operating system, you will lose all the data on your iTunes. At that time, you will want to add songs from iPod to iTunes. This is actually a pretty simple procedure on the surface, but if you have multiple devices, Apple’s rules can get in your way quickly. To circumvent this, there are a few different ways that you can add songs from your iPod to your iTunes library.

3 Ways to Add Songs From iPod to iTunes Library

Lets go over some of the different ways there are to add songs from your iPod to iTunes:

1 With TunesMate

iMyFone TunesMate is a great third-party application that allows you to have a lot of control over your music. You can add songs from your iPod to your iTunes library very easily. You can rebuild your iTunes music library with different iDevice. Unlike iTunes which can only detect 5 iOS devices, TunesMate do not have the restriction for how many devices can be used to transfer. With just a few clicks, you can send music from your iPod to iTunes.

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Here is the simplest way to do this:

(1) Download and install TunesMate. Plug in your device and launch the application.
(2) Go to “Rebuild iTunes Library”. Then check “Music”.
(3) Tap “Transfer” button to start.

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Here “Rebuild iTunes Library” can only help you to add all the music to iTunes at one time. If you need to add individual music selectively, you can go to the “Music” tab at the top. Select the music you want to add to iTunes. Then hit “Export” button, you will have the “Export to iTunes” option.

Useful Tip: How to share all your songs on different iDevice?
As above, you can rebuild your iTunes music library with all your iOS devices or your friends’ with TunesMate. So that the iTunes library has your music of all your devices. Then you can transfer the iTunes music back to your iPod, so that you can have all your paid music on the same device.
To do so, you just need to run “Transfer iTunes Media to Device” on TunesMate. It is quite easy.

    Step 1: Connect your iPod to computer and launch TunesMate.
    Step 2: Go to “ Transfer iTunes Media to Device”.
    Step 3: Leave “Music” checked and tap “Transfer”.

Unlike iTunes, with TunesMate, the music will not cover the current music on your iPod. It is great.

iMyFone TunesMate has other great features. It can help you transfer all kinds of files to and from your iOS device and your PC. It works with iPhone, iPod, iPad, and most Apple devices that run this operating system.

You can transfer music, pictures, video, and even your contacts and other information. Within the program, you can also manage all of these files, so that you’re not transferring data that you don’t want. It even comes with a built-in file conversion program so that you always have a file type that you can play on whichever device you’re using.

iMyFone TunesMate is an overall device manager that offers many features and has huge advantages over iTunes alone.

2 Via Simple USB Connection

You can also transfer your songs to your iTunes library on a PC with a USB connection. Just follow these steps:

  1. Plug in your iPod to your computer.It will show iPod in “Computer”.
  2. Click on “Tools” at the top of the file manager window and go down to “Folder Options,” then click “View”. Tick the box where is says “Show Hidden Files and Folders”.
  3. Locate the folder called “iPod_Control,” then find the “Music” folder. There is where your music is.
  4. Copy these files to your computer.
  5. Run iTunes and import the files by going to “Add” and then clicking “Add Files to Library”, then adding the files that you just copied.

As you can see, it’s a little more involved to do it this way.

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3 By Adding Your Purchases

There is yet another way to do this, and this is the “official way” that Apple wants you to use, basically.

Step 1: Launch the iTunes application.
Step 2: Click on “Edit” at the top, then “Preferences”, and then “Devices”. Tick the box that says: “Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically”.
Step 3: Plug in your iPod. You will see your device show up in iTunes if it is recognized.
Step 4: Go to “File”. then “Devices”, then “Transfer Purchases”. After that, iTunes will transfer the songs that you had purchased.

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Which Way is Better?
Now that you have a sense of how to add your songs from iPod to iTunes three different ways, you might be asking yourself which is better.

  • Well, there are a few disadvantages to using the USB method: your songs will be in a random order at first, it’s difficult to go through them and pick and choose which ones you want in an organized manner, and sometimes iTunes won’t let you import certain files this way.
  • Using the “Transfer Purchases” method you’re even more limited because you could actually lose music that you didn’t purchase in the transferring process. So unless you’ve been collecting songs the “Official” way, you shouldn’t do this.
  • The above methods have the same limits that do not allow to transfer iTunes songs back to iPod. However, iMyFone TunesMate can do so without covering the current music on iPod. Besides, it lets you selectively add songs to iTunes from iPod. You can also transfer your playlist all at once, or you can transfer just some files at a time. It really gives you the best of all worlds and you have a lot of freedom.

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