2 Ways to Transfer MP3 from iPod to Computer (PC/Mac)

Every day, thousands of computers get crashed because of accidental problems and damage. Not only is this a major headache, it can become a rather expensive problem to deal with when few of us have considered making a makeup for music collections. It will get worse that most of the songs are imported from CDs.

You will feel lucky if the songs are in iPods. Unlike transferring MP3 to iPod, there is no way avail to transfer MP3 from iPod to computer. But you will find the best answer to figure it out here.

Method 1: Transfer MP3 from iPod to PC/Mac without iTunes

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It can help you:

  • Build up a large music collection on iPhone/computer/iTunes.
  • Smartly manage music collection at will with the help of playlists & categories.
  • Edit MP3 ID3 tags, like artwork, album, genre, name, etc.

So, with it, how do you transfer MP3 from iPod to computer?

Step 1: Start off by loading up iMyFone iPod Transfer, connecting your iPod to your PC using a USB cable.

Step 2: Hit “Music” at the top of iMyFone interface and you will be “Music” window by default. Select the MP3s you want to transfer. Click on “Export > Export to PC”.
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Step 3: Choose the target folder where you want to store the MP3 on computer and hit “Select Folder” to begin.

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That’s it! When it finishes, you can click “Open Folder” to check the transferred MP3s.

Note

  • It supports all music, either purchased or free MP3s on iPod.
  • When transferring, the MP3 info will not be messed up. So you know which songs you love.

Method 2: Transfer MP3 from iPod to Computer with iTunes

Transfer MP3 from iPod to Mac

Step 1: Open iTunes. Go to “Edit > Preferences.”
Step 2: Click the Devices tab and tick the box next to “Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically”.

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Step 3: Then go to Advanced. Ensure that “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” and “Copy files to iTunes Media Folder when adding to library” are ticked as well. Hit “OK”.

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Step 4: Connect up your iPod. Click on the device button, go to Summary, and check “Enable disk use” to allow the process to begin.

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Step 5: Load the Terminal app on Mac to make hidden folders on your iPod visible.

  1. Type “defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE” in Terminal. Press “Return.”
  2. Type “killall Finder” then. Press “Return.”

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Step 6: Open Finder and select your iPod from the left sidebar.
Step 7: Double-click on the “iPod Control” folder and then “Music” folder.
Step 8: Select all folders there. Drag the selected folders and drop them to where you want to store the music.

Note

All the music names and folder names in “Music” folder are written in strange way. You cannot figure out which song you want. However, if you add the music to iTunes, iTunes will show their actual names.

  1. Open iTunes. Press “Cmd” and “O” keys at the same time.
  2. Browse the folder where you drag and drop the music folder.Click “Open” to start. Then you will see all the music in iTunes.

Transfer MP3 from iPod to Windows

Step 1: Open iTunes. Press “Ctrl” and “,” keys together to open Preferences.
Step 2: Click the Devices tab and tick the box next to “Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically” .
Step 3: Then go to Advanced. Ensure that “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” and “Copy files to iTunes Media Folder when adding to library” are ticked as well. Hit “OK”.

Step 4: Connect up your iPod. Click on the device button, go to Summary, and check “Enable disk use” to allow the process to begin.
Step 5: Set up Windows to show hidden files and folders for your iPod.

  1. Press “Windows” and “S” keys together to open search bar. Type “folder”.
  2. Click on “Show Hidden Files and Folders”.
  3. Check “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” under “Hidden files and folders”. Hit “OK”.

Step 6: Go back to iTunes. Press “Ctrl” and “O” keys together and click on your iPod from the left sidebar.
Step 7: Double-click on the “iPod Control” folder and then “Music” folder.
Step 8: Select all the folders inside “Music” folder and click “Select Folder”. All the music will be copied to iTunes.

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Only the iTunes can detect the MP3 on iPod. With iTunes, you fail to know which MP3 is which one as the names are strange for you.

Of course, as you can see above, the process is time consuming and a touch complex. With the help of iMyFone iPhone Transfer, you can avoid much of this and transfer MP3 from iPod to computer/iTunes at your will. It offers a free trial, just have a try.