How to Add Songs Onto an iPod Without Using iTunes

Updated February 21, 2017

Your Apple iPod is configured to work with the iTunes program, as iTunes provides easy synchronisation of your iPod's content and organises your music, videos, podcasts and more. Alternative programs are available for Windows PCs and Macintosh computers, and enable two-way content transfer, a feature that is not allowed in iTunes unless you're transferring purchased content. These alternative third-party programs can be downloaded for free or for a small fee from reputable download sites such as

Use Songbird. This PC and Mac-compatible free music managing program replaces iTunes as the default iPod manager by allowing you to copy songs from your music library to the iPod, and include the 7digital online music store. Download the program from the official Songbird site and run the installation wizard. To add songs, connect your iPod to your computer using the iPod USB cable followed by dragging-and-dropping songs to your iPod in the Songbird program.

Use CopyTrans Manager. This PC-exclusive program allows you to sync your songs to your iPod, as well as sync music to multiple iPods from the same computer. CopyTrans Manager also allows you to transfer music from your iPod back to your computer, and is completely free. To add songs to your iPod, connect your iPod to the computer using the USB cable and start the CopyTrans Manager program. Drag the songs you wish to copy to the iPod icon in the program, and click the eject button on the program to save the changes and remove the device.

Use Xilisoft iPod Rip. This shareware application is available for both PCs and Macintosh computers, and provides easy file transferring from iPod to computer and back. Once the program is downloaded and installed, open the program and plug your iPod into your computer using the USB cable, and click the library you want to import music to. Click the "Mac (or PC) to iPod" button and select "Add Files to List" from the pop-up menu. Select the files, and click the "Save" button.

Things You'll Need

  • Third-party music managing software
  • iPod USB cable
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