If your iPod is synced with your old computer which is alreay corrupted, you should find yourself unable to sync iPod to new computer without erasing. It is true that iTunes only allows you to sync iPod with one iTunes library at a time. However, a smart way will be provided to sync iPod to new computer/iTunes library without deleting music here. Head and try!
How to Sync iPod to New Computer Without Deleting Music
Now, one problem that you may encounter is losing your music when you try to sync your iPod. Apple doesn’t like it when you try to transfer music that you didn’t purchase from your store, so this might happen to you. Luckily, there are ways around this.
1 Free Way to Sync iPod to New Computer without Losing Data
The best way to sync iPod to New computer without erasing is using iMyFone TunesMate, a perfect alternative of iTunes. Simply put, it is the kind of software that you wish iTunes could be. It can sync your iPod to your new computer without any loss of data, no matter your old computer is in working condition or not.
- Sync iPod to new computer/iTunes library without erasing music.
- Export iPod music to or add music from new computer/iTunes library freely.
Here is how to use it to sync iPod to a new computer or to iTunes. You can download and enjoy its free trial.
Step 1: Download, install, and launch TunesMate on your new computer. Plug in your iPod.
Step 2: Click "Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes" on home interface and hit "Start" to continue.
Step 3: All your iPod media will be checked by default, you can uncheck the types which you do not want to sync. Click "Start" to begin the transfer process.
This will sync your iPod music to new iTunes library without making you lose data on either end. Or you can select to sync iPod music to local library on computer.
- Apply "Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes" to enrich your iTunes music library from different 2-5 iDevices.
- Use "Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice" and sync iTunes music library back to 2-5 iDevices without erasing existing iPod music.
Besides, you can also sync computer/iTunes music to iPod without erasing, like,
Step 1: Launch iMyFone TunesMate on computer and link your iPod.
Step 2: Go to the “Music” tab. Hit "Add > Add File/Folder" to locate your computer music.
Step 3: Select the songs you want and hit "Open" to sync.
There are many advantages to using TunesMate to sync your iPod in this way, including:
- TunesMate is easier to use than iTunes.
- You won’t lose any data just because you sync music that you didn’t buy through the iTunes store.
- You can pick and choose what kind of media you want to sync.
- It is not limited to any kind of format.
Of course, this isn’t all that TunesMate is capable of doing. It can transfer files one at a time if you want, and you can preview each one before you send it to your computer. You can also transfer files from your computer to your iPod, or even from one iOS device to another.
2 Sync iPod to New Computer with iTunes
Unfortunately, it’s only practical to use iTunes to sync data to your new computer if your old computer is also in working condition that you can copy iTunes folder from it. Here is how you do it:
Step 2: Sync your iPod as you normally would, if needed.
Step 3: Copy iTunes folder (in [Computer/This PC] > Music) onto external media, like a hard drive or USB stick.
Step 4: Install iTunes on your new computer and make sure you have the latest version.
Step 5: Go to your Music folder on new computer and paste the iTunes folder from your old computer there.
See, you need to copy the music folder from your old computer first. And you should have an external drive in this way.
Comparing these two methods, it is clear which is the best and most convenient. While iTunes is nice because it is the official Apple software, it has some very annoying limitations. For one, it doesn’t let you put your media on very many devices, and you also have to have a working old computer to be able to safely transfer your files to your new computer. You also can only really sync your data and it’s hard to transfer one file at a time.
iMyFone TunesMate by contrast allows unlimited unidirectional transfer of all your files. You can transfer one file or as many as you want. You can transfer just about any file type, and you can share files between unlimited devices. The advantages here are obvious.