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How to Transfer Non-Purchased Music from iPod/iPhone to Computer

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Aaron Donald

February 1, 2018 (Updated: February 18, 2018)• Filed to: Transfer iPhone Media

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The need for transferring music from iPhone or iPod to computer arises when an individual wants to have a backup or to use the song for any personal purpose. If the song is a purchased song, then iTunes will take care of the process quickly by just connecting to the PC that has iTunes software downloaded. But to transfer non purchased music from iPhone to computer iTunes cannot help. Follow this page to gain knowledge to learn that process efficiently.

Why iTunes is Not Recommended to Transfer Music?

Any one used iTunes would tend to get rid of iTunes, because iTunes is really not user-friendly and hard to use. Besides, it also has some hidden limits that will cause you to lose all your music or other files if you don’t do the right thing. Terrible!

Limits of iTunes:

  • iTunes can extract music from iPhone or iPod to iTunes or computer. But it works only for iTunes purchased music. It doesn’t work for purchased music from other place.
  • Selective transfer is not possible. It will transfer all the purchased music, movies, podcasts, etc. all at a time.
  • Syncing iTunes music to iPhone will delete all the existing songs on your iPhone.
  • What’s worse, if you try to sync files from different iTunes, your iPhone will be erase.
  • It only supports up to 5 iOS devices.
  • You would find yourself easily run into iTunes error or bugs, and confused to fix them.

Transfer Non-Purchased Music from iPhone/iPod to Computer

It’s available for both Windows and Mac, and works for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch!

Given these iTunes limitations, your anxiety of extracting non-purchased music from iPhone becomes even more unanswered. But, there is a solution, and that is iMyFone TunesMate, an iPhone music transfer tool. With it, you can freely transfer music from/to iPhone the way you want. It can make this happen even for a non-purchased music.

Key Features:

  • Extract music from iPhone to computer, iTunes library, or external hard drive, both the purchases and non-purchases.
  • Syncing iTunes library to iPhone without deleting the existing files on iPhone.
  • Directly move music from computer/external HD/Android to iPhone, without going through iTunes library.
  • Rebuild iTunes library from unlimited iDevices, without even opening iTunes.
  • Manage Playlists: Smartly manage your music playlists, like to backup, import, add, delete, rename, or edit music in playlists.

Steps to Transfer Non-Purchased Music from iPhone to Computer

Step 1: Install iMyFone TunesMate on the computer and connect your iPhone through USB cable.

Step 2: Click on “Music” on the top menu bar. Now, select the music files and click on “Export”. Then choose,

  • Export to iTunes: The selected music will be transferred to your iTunes library.
  • Export to PC/Mac: Select the destination directory on your computer. When all music files are exported and process completes, a message “Export Successfully” will be displayed.
iMyFone TunesMate


  1. If you want to transfer playlists, right click the playlist on the left sidebar in Music window, and click “Export to iTunes” or “Export to PC”.
  2. If you want to transfer all the music or playlists from iPhone to iTunes all at a time, choose “Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes” from the home interface.

iMyFone TunesMate was reviewed by lots of professional review sites, like,,, etc.

How to Transfer Non-Purchased Music from iPod to Computer

In only works on Windows computer and only for iPod!

When an iPod is used, then the below-mentioned steps can be followed to transfer non-purchased music from iPod to your Windows PC. Before you follow the guide, I think you should learn about the limits of this way.

Disadvantages of This Way:

  • Music cannot be viewed, the transferred music to the computer from iPod has a strange name. Also moving to iTunes only will help to identify the song and not on others.
  • It is also complicated and cannot be used for iPad and iPhone.
  • You can’t selectively extract music from iPhone because you don’t know the songs from their name.

If it's ok for you, just follow the steps below to transfer music:

Step 1. Connect your iPod and computer with a cable preferable a USB.

Step 2. Double click on “My Computer/This PC” in the PC and iPod will be detected and displayed on the window.

Transfer music from iPod

Step 3. If you are using Windows 10, type folder in the search box on taskbar and choose Show hidden files and folders. Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives under Advanced settings. Click OK to save the settings.
Note: If you are using Windows 8.1 or 7, refer this guide to turn on the Show hidden files, folders and drives.

Transfer music from iPod

Step 4. Then move to the menu “My Computer/This PC” and then double-click the iPod.

Step 5. Open “iPod_Control” folder and you will see the Music folder.

Transfer music from iPod

Step 6. Now, you can select and copy the music folder and paste it on the desktop.
Note: The music file names are chaotic and don’t show the right names. Only when you transfer the music files to iTunes library can you know which song is what you need.

Transfer music from iPod

Step 7. Open the iTunes and go to “File > Add Folder to Library.”

Transfer music from iPod

Step 8. Browse for the music folder and add it into your iTunes. You can see the iPod’s music present in the iTunes library within few moments.

Step 9. Go to “Edit > Preferences > Advanced” and then tick the box that is available next to the “Keep iTunes Media folder organized.” Click OK to save the settings.

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