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How to Sync Music from iPod to iTunes without Deleting

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Aaron Donald

March 15, 2017 (Updated: July 15, 2020)• Filed to: Transfer iPhone Media

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Have you ever needed to sync music from your iPod to iTunes, but aren’t quite sure how to do it? There are many reasons why you might need to sync your music from iPod to iTunes library. Maybe you want to back them up onto your computer, or maybe you downloaded music from the Internet onto your iPod and you want to be able to share it among your devices. No matter for what reason, I suppose you are interested in how to sync music from iPod to iTunes without deleting.

post-num-1 How to Sync Music from iPod to iTunes Library via iTunes (Only for Purchases)

Here is how you use good old iTunes to perform the sync. Just keep in mind that there are some limitations, which we will go over further below.

Step 1: Turn on your computer and launch iTunes.
Step 2: Plug in your iPod.
Step 3: Click on “Edit”.
Step 4: Go down and click “Preferences”.
Step 5: Click on “Devices”.
Step 6: Look for the words “Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically” and the check box next to it. Click the box.
Step 7: Click “File”, then “Devices”.
Step 8: Click on where it says “Transfer Purchase from [X]” where X is the name of you device.
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This method is the official one, but unfortunately it only really works for music that you purchased officially from the iTunes store. If you have other kinds of data on there that you didn’t necessarily purchase, it could end up being lost during the sync.

post-num-1 How to Sync Music from iPod to iTunes without iTunes (for Purchases & Non-Purchases)

If you’ve never heard of iMyFone TunesMate, then the first thing that you should realize is that it’s better than iTunes. It gives you a lot of control over your iPod, and can even modify the iTunes playlist without your ever having to open iTunes. It can help you sync all kinds of media files, not just music, including TV shows, music videos, audio books, iTunes U, podcasts, and more.

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Here is how to sync all of your music from your iPod to iTunes with 1 click:

(1) Download TunesMate and install it on your computer, then plug iPod in.
(2) Under the “Home” tab, go to “Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes” and then click “Start”.
(3) Make sure “Music” is checked and you can click on “Transfer” to make it.

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This will allow you to add your media to your iTunes library without losing anything. You can also tick boxes to indicate what type of media you would like to transfer as well.

Now, if you want to transfer your music selectively - for instance, you only want to sync a few songs from your iPod to iTunes, and not all of them - then the steps are a little bit different. Here is how to do it:

(1) Launch TunesMate and plug in your iPod.
(2) Go to the “Music” tab and you will see your music populating the screen. Select which songs you want to transfer.
(3) Go to “Export”, and then click “Export to iTunes”.

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After that, the songs that you selected will be in your iTunes library.

Clearly, there are a few advantages to using TunesMate instead of iTunes to sync music from iPod to iTunes.

  • You can choose to transfer all of your music, or just one song if you want.
  • You can sync songs that you didn’t necessarily purchase from the iTunes store.
  • You can manually edit music or automatically fix ID3 tabs before you sync music from iPod to iTunes.
  • You can also transfer the music from iTunes library to your other device without deleting.
  • Not only is it less restrictive, but TunesMate is also faster and easier to use than iTunes.
  • You can also share your music among an unlimited array of devices, without the usual limits that Apple imposes.

iMyFone TunesMate can help you with more than just music, too. You can transfer photos, movies, playlists, and other media files easily between your iPod and your computer, and between other iOS devices as well. It works with just about any iPod, iPhone, or iPad, and give you much more freedom than iTunes.

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