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Top 3 Ways to Transfer Music from iPod/iPhone to Computer

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Aaron Donald

February 22, 2017 (Updated: September 20, 2017)• Filed to: Transfer iPhone Media

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When would you need to transfer music from iPod to computer? Well, maybe you download a new song on your iPod and you want to be able to listen to it on your PC. Maybe you are switching devices and want to put your songs on your computer for safekeeping during the switch. Maybe you just want to back up all of your music. There could be plenty of reasons.

Top 3 Ways to Transfer Music from iPhone/iPod to Computer

Now, there are a few different ways that you can transfer music from your iPhone/iPod to your computer. Some of them are better than others. Let’s take a look at each of them in detail.

Top 1 Using iTunes Alternative

iMyFone TunesMate is a professional alternative to iTunes that does a much better job at managing your files than iTunes does. It helps you to transfer or manage your music in an easy and convenient way. For one, you can transfer your music in bulk, but you can also transfer your music one song at a time, too. It’s all very easy because the interface is quick and responsive.

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Here are the steps for transferring music from iPod/iPhone to your computer using iMyFone TunesMate:

Step 1: Download and install iMyFone TunesMate. Plug in your iPod / iPhone via USB.
Step 2: Go to “Music” tab and click “Music”. You can preview and select from the list of your songs.
Step 3: Click on “Export > Export to PC” and choose a destination folder and confirm, and then your songs should be on your PC.

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  • One of the major advantages of using this method over any other is its simplicity.
  • Many times, iTunes will only let you transfer songs that you officially purchased, which TunesMate has no such restriction. In fact, you can transfer any songs that you would like.
  • You can preview and select songs to transfer.

Other great features of TunesMate include the ability to transfer all kinds of files, like photos, videos, podcasts, audiobooks, iTunes U, etc. as well as the ability to manage and backup those files right from the simple interface of the application. It is an all-in-one solution for all of your iOS device management needs.

Top 2 Using iTunes - Only for Purchased Music from iTunes Store

This isn’t the best method, since you don’t have as much control, but if it’s all you have, then it will have to do. Here is how you transfer music from iPod to computer using iTunes:

Step 1: Open the iTunes application on your computer. Make sure you have the latest version.
Step 2: In iTunes, go to “Edit”, then click on “Preferences”, and then click on “Devices”. Find the box next to the text that says “Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically”, and then tick the box.
Step 3: Connect your iPod/iPhone to your computer using USB.
Step 4: Now, let’s say the name of your device is X. Go to the “File” tab, then go down to “Devices”, and then click “Transfer Purchase from X”.
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  • Your device will transfer its songs to your computer, as long as the songs were purchased from the official iTunes store.
  • You have no control over which individual songs you transfer.
  • Also, you can’t easily share the songs among many devices.

Top 3 With a USB Connection

It is possible to transfer music from your iPod/iPhone to computer using just a USB connection as well. Here is how you can do it:

Step 1: Plug your iPod/iPhone into your PC and wait a moment. You should see the device “iPod” show up in “Computer”.
Step 2: Go to “Tools” at the window and click on “Folder Options”, then click “View”. When you see the box that says “Display Hidden Files and Folders”, tick it.
Step 3: There should be a folder called “iPod_Control”. Go into this folder and find another nested folder called “Music”. Your music is hiding in there.
Step 4: Copy this folder and paste it somewhere else on your hard drive. You can do this anywhere; it doesn’t really matter.


The problem with this method is that your files will all be disorganized, and you also probably won’t be able to preview or manage the songs before you transfer them. You’re kind of doing it blindly. In addition, it isn’t as simple and easy to do it this way as it is to just use TunesMate.

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