How to export music from iPod to itunes

Updated April 17, 2017

iTunes is designed to export music to the iPod, but there is a way you can export music from the iPod to iTunes. This makes it easy to load songs from someone else’s iPod onto your computer or to add songs to iTunes in the event that you lost the files on your computer or purchased a new computer. It’s important to be careful while doing this, because one wrong click can accidentally wipe out the music files on your iPod.

Click the “Start” button in the bottom left corner of your screen and choose “My Documents”, “My Music” or some other location on your computer that you can easily find.

Click “File”, “New” and then “Folder”. This will create a new folder. Give the folder a name.

Use the USB cord to connect your computer and the iPod. Open iTunes if it doesn't open automatically. A message will pop up, asking if you want to sync your iPod to iTunes. Click “No”. Clicking “Yes” will match the iTunes music files to your iPod’s music files, and could potentially wipe out music files on the iPod.

Click the “Start” button in the bottom left corner of your screen and choose “My Computer”.

Double-click on the drive that belongs to the iPod. It will have a name, such as “Paul’s iPod”.

Click the “Tools” menu and select “Folder Options”. Click the “View” tab. Click the circle next to “Show hidden files and folders”. A folder will now appear called “iPod_Control”.

Double-click the “iPod_Control” folder. Double-click the “Music” folder. You’ll see several folders withe names like “F00” and “F01”. These folders contain the music from the iPod.

Click the “Edit” menu and choose “Select All”. Click the “Edit” menu again and choose “Copy”.

Open the new folder you created earlier. Click the “Edit” menu and choose “Paste”. The music files from the iPod will be copied onto your computer. Be patient, as this can take some time.

Click the “File” menu and choose “Properties”. Click the “General” tab and unclick the box next to “Hidden”, which can be found near the bottom. Click “Apply”, and opt to apply it to all the folders, as well as the subfolders.

Open iTunes. Click the “Edit” menu and select “Preferences”. Click the “Advanced” tab. Check to be sure the box next to “Keep iTunes Media folder organised” is checked. This keeps your files organised in iTunes by song titles, artist names and more. Click “OK”.

Click the “File” menu and choose “Add Folder to Library”. Find the folder where you pasted all the music files from the iPod, and click on it once. Click “OK”. The music files will be added to iTunes. It may take some time to load all the files.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cord
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