How to Extract Music from iPod with/without iTunes

iPods are some of the most popular music players in the world, but they come with a lot of restrictions because of Apple’s proprietary software. For example, you may find yourself wondering how to extract music from iPod in order to put it on your PC or on another device. This isn’t exactly easy to do if you follow the usual protocol. Instead, there are some better methods to consider, using third-party software that gives you more freedom than iTunes.

How to Extract Music from iPod without iTunes

One of the best ways to recover music from iPod without iTunes easily and seamlessly is with iMyFone TunesMate. It’s a third-party application that gives you a lot more control over iPod/iPhone music. It gives you choice to extract music from iPod to computer/iTunes/external hard drive, etc.

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post-num-1 How to Extract Songs from iPod to iTunes Library

Step 1: Install and launch TunesMate, then plug in your iPod.
Step 2: Go to the “Home” tab and then click “Transfer iDevice to iTunes”. Hit "Start" button.
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Step 3: Make sure "Music" is checked. Click on the “Start to begin.

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This will extract music from iPod to your iTunes library. There are lots of advantages to this. For example, it allows you to have a central location for your music, and you can even transfer your playlist or music easily to other devices using TunesMate later.

post-num-1 How to Extract Music from iPod to Computer

Step 1: As before, put iMyFone TunesMate on your computer (download and install), then plug your iPod in.
Step 2: Click on the “Music” tab and you will be in “Music” category by default. You’ll see a list of your songs and you can pick which ones you want to transfer from the list.
Step 3: Click on “Export” and then click “Export to PC”. It will ask you to choose a folder for the destination of your songs, and after that it will transfer the music to that folder.

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  • You can edit music info of your songs, like albums, names, artists, artworks, etc.
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  • You can back up, transfer, create, delete playlists in a smart way, and drag music into the playlist.
  • You can restore your iTunes library from iPod when iTunes corrupted.
  • You can share Apple music to friends without limits.

How to Extract Music from iPod Manually with iTunes

Of course, you always have iTunes to extract music from iPod. Though it’s not recommended, you can do this by following these steps:

For PC

  1. Open iTunes and plug in your iPod.
  2. Go to “Edit”, then “Preferences”, and then“Devices”.
  3. Look for the box that says “Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically”, and tick it.
  4. Open "Computer" and you will see your iPod is shown as a disk.
  5. Tap "Tools > Folder option > Show hidden files and folders" on ribbon and then hit "Ok".
  6. Go into the disk of your iPod and open "iPod-Control". Find the music folder and copy it to desktop.
  7. Go to "Edit > Preferences > Advanced" on iTunes. Tick "Keep iTunes music folder organized" and "Copy files to iTunes music folder when adding to library".
  8. Go to "File > Add to library". Choose the music folder from the desktop and add it to iTunes library.
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For Mac

  1. Open iTunes. Connect your iPod to Mac.
  2. Click "iTunes > Preferences > Devices". Check "Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically".
  3. Open "Terminal" in "Applications/Utilities". (You can use the spotlight to search "applications".)
  4. Type "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE" and killall Finder". Then press reture key.
  5. Double-click on your iPod icon and open "iPod Control" folder to find the music folder. Copy it to desktop.
  6. Follow the Step 7 & 8 in "For PC" to add the music folder to iTunes library.
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Now, there are a lot of inherent limitations in using iTunes to extract music from iPod. These limitations and problems include:

  • iTunes only has unidirectional transmission, and it tends to write over your data, so your original data isn’t left.
  • You can only sync your iPod to one iTunes library.
  • You can’t select individual files for transferring, you can only sync.
  • You are limited to sharing data with 5 devices.
  • It only supports purchased music.
  • You cannot transfer data directly from your computer to your iPod. To do so, you need to transfer data from computer to iTunes first and then iPod.

If you want the freedom to use your music however you would like, iMyFone TunesMate is a much better manager for your songs.

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