How to Copy Music to an iPod for Free

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How to Copy Music to an iPod for Free
iTunes, MediaMonkey and CopyTrans Manager are three free programs that can copy music to an iPod. (ear buds image by Darrell Sharpe from Fotolia.com)

The iPod is an MP3 player made by Apple. MP3s are copied to the iPod by connecting the iPod to a computer using a USB cord. There are several free programs available that can be used to copy music to the iPod. These programs are safe to use, and can be downloaded for free online. Once the program is installed and set up on the computer, it is ready to begin copying MP3s to the iPod.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • iPod
  • USB cord
  • iTunes, MediaMonkey or CopyTrans Manager

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open iTunes.

  2. 2

    Click the "File" drop-down menu and select "Add Files to Library." Double-click on the music you'd like to copy to the iPod, and it will be added into iTunes.

  3. 3

    Connect the iPod to the computer by using a USB cord. Music might automatically begin copying to the iPod based on iTunes' settings. If it does, you are done with the process. If not, continue following the upcoming steps. Be aware that iTunes matches the contents of iTunes to the iPod, which will delete files and data from the iPod that are not in iTunes. If you don't want this to happen, consider using another program, such as MediaMonkey or CopyTrans Manager.

  4. 4

    Click on the iPod icon under the "Devices" list in the left-column menu of iTunes.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Sync" button found in the bottom right corner of iTunes. Music from iTunes will now be copied onto the iPod. Once the sync is complete you may disconnect the iPod.

  1. 1

    Open MediaMonkey.

  2. 2

    Connect the iPod to the computer by using a USB cord.

  3. 3

    Click on the iPod's name in the devices and drives list found in the left-column menu of MediaMonkey.

  4. 4

    Click the "File" drop-down menu. Select "Add/Rescan Track to the Library." Check the box next to the music you'd like to copy to the iPod. Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Click the drop-down menu that is located beside the "Send to Portable Device" button. This button is in the middle of the top part of MediaMonkey. Click on the iPod's name. Click the "Send to Portable Device" button and music will now be copied to the iPod. Once the sync is complete you may disconnect the iPod.

  1. 1

    Open CopyTrans Manager.

  2. 2

    Connect the iPod to the computer by using a USB cord.

  3. 3

    Click the button that is found near the middle top part of CopyTrans Manager that looks like an iPod with a "+" sign on it. Click the music you'd like to copy to the iPod and then select "OK."

  4. 4

    Click the button that is found near the left top part of CopyTrans Manager that looks like an iPod with a leftward-pointing arrow. Music will now be copied to the iPod. Once the sync is complete you may disconnect the iPod.

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