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How to Copy Music From an iPod to Another iPod

Updated July 20, 2017

The iPod continues to be the most popular MP3 music player in the world. Apple currently sells four different iPod models including the iPod Shuffle, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and iPod Classic. You can transfer music from one iPod to another iPod using iTunes software. You need only to create a customised playlist of songs you wish to upload to a different iPod and then synchronise with the new device.

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  1. Connect the first iPod to your computer via the included USB cable. Wait for iTunes to recognise the device.

  2. Click the iPod icon in the left column of iTunes. Select the "Music" tab. Choose "Sync Entire Music Library" and then click the "Apply" button. Wait for the iPod to finish synchronising, then disconnect the device.

  3. Click the plus sign in the lower-left corner of iTunes to create a playlist. Type a name for your new playlist. Click and drag each song you want to copy over the playlist's icon.

  4. Connect the second iPod to your computer via the USB cable. Press the "Cancel" button when iTunes automatically asks if you want to sync the iPod to the entire music library.

  5. Click the iPod's icon in the left column. Choose the "Music" tab and then choose the "Sync Music" option. Click the circle next to "Selected playlists, artists, albums." Choose the playlist you just created when prompted. Click the "Apply" button and iTunes will start copying the music files to the device.

  6. Warning

    If the songs you wish to copy to another iPod contain DRM protection they may not play on the second device.

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About the Author

Keith Patrick has been writing online since 2008. His articles appear on Patch.com and various other websites. He is currently studying journalism and e-commerce at DePaul University in Chicago.

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