Transfer Music From Your iPod to A PC

There are plenty of reasons you might want to transfer music tracks from an iPod to your PC. If your hard drive fails, your iPod may be your only backup. If you purchase tracks from iTunes Music Store, Apple explicitly permits transferring those files to up to 5 computers. You may want to transfer your music library from your iPod to the new computer you just purchased instead of hassling with networking two machines. Instead of easily facilitating transfer of music from an iPod to a PC, Apple takes the more paranoid approach, assuming anyone who might want to transfer songs from their iPod is a thief. The file transfer process is obscured, requiring a number of convoluted steps to extract songs from an iPod without the assistance of third-party software. Fortunately many developers answered this need and have created tools making it easy for anyone to transfer their music from an iPod to a PC or Mac, without any frustrating steps and without the potential for corrupting the song library and wiping out everything on your iPod. Read on for some tricks designed to make transferring songs from your iPod to a PC a breeze.

  • Benny Leitner

    I have a Ipod Video 80gb and are considering purchasing your software to backup the ipod onto etc.
    Before doing so I would like to clarify something with you.

    The songs titles etc that I have on my Ipod are in Hebrew Writing. I have purchased from Apple Israel the software to download IpodHE, however this will not covert the titles into Hebrew unless they are imported with Hebrew script.

    Does your program enable me to use a Hebrew Font (which I could import if necessary) so that all titles etc will be readable in Hebrew on your program

  • http://www.google.com samuel

    NO NO NO NO NO ALL OF US IPOD OWNERS ARE TRYING TO BE TRICKED IN A CHEAP MARKETING TRICK REALLY REALLY CHEAP IF YOU ASK ME DONT BUY THE SOFTWARE THAT RIPS MUSIC FROM YOUR IPOD IT IS SOOOOOOO EASY TO DO IT THAT I FEEL THE DUMBEST PERSON ALIVE FOR NOT HAVING IT FIGURED OUT BEFORE THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO DO IS

    1. CONNECT YOUR IPOD TO THE PC

    2. GO TO MY PC AND ENTER “IPOD” LIKE IN DISK MODE

    3. ON TOP OF YOUR SCREEN JUST CLICK TOOLS, THEN GO TO FOLDER OPTIONS, THEN CLICK ON VIEW, THEN YOU JUST HAVE TO CHECK WHERE IT SAYS SHOW ALL HIDDEN FILES AND FOLDERS AND THEN THE HIDDEN MUSIC FOLDER WILL APPEAR IT IS SO EASY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DONT DOWNLOAD MORE SOFTWARE I AM SHOWING YOU HOW TO DO IT FOR FREE DOIT DO IT LETS ALL TOGETHER MAKE THOSE CHEAP COMPANIES GO TO BANKRUPT FOR TRYING TO TAKE OUR MONEY

  • Tonio

    WOW DAMN SHYZZZZ!!!!!
    IT IS TRUE, A CHEAP TRICK, THE FILES ARE SIMPLY HIDDEN FILES!!!!!

  • Gilberto

    want to copy the music from my ipod mini to my pc

  • Marc

    Doesn’t Work For vista

  • Jai

    This is awesome. Thanks a lot Dude. Samuel.
    I tried this myself and this works. This cheap just file copying softwares is a big trick to get trojans in PC’s. Then one day you have to recover the PC by resetting the hard drive. Thanks a lot.

  • Cassandra

    This soooooo works! My iPod Mini (4gig) is rather old (like nearly 4 years) and when I first got it, I had dowloaded music from my parent’s computer… and then I got my new computer and put new files etc — but could never get the OLD MUSIC (all the good stuff) off of it before now. This so works! Yay!!

  • Anne

    How do you make this work for vista office? I have my old computer with all of my music that I have also on my ipod. Now I want to transfer the music to my new computer.

  • john

    This works but there’s nothing free about it. You can only transfer 1 song with the free download. You have to pay $20 to get the pro. not worth it…

  • benito_alexander

    does work for vista

  • elen

    Dud this thing is F*&%ing awsome…thanks it worked great

  • Meredith

    It isn’t working for me :( I have Windows XP, does that make a difference? I want my old music!!

  • Michaelll

    I have a apple formated ipod 20 gig and want to put the music from it to my PC but am having megggggga trubble can anyone help me???????????????

  • Carolyn

    Samuel, you are a genius. I want to give you a hug via the internet. I thought I would have to buy one of those stupid iPod transfers, but thanks to you, all 2363 song on my iPod can be transfered for free! Thank you so so SOOO much!

  • Dunk

    Oh wow! I’d almost given up hope before I saw this! Thank you very much!

    =D

  • Asle

    Samuel, you are a god among men. 2 years I have been trying to extract the music from my old ipod…today you have solved that problem. I thank you. Cheers to you.

  • joanna

    i don’t understand computers very well, could someone explain what samuel’s step #2 means by “enter ‘ipod’ like in disk mode”? how do i do that?

  • Felipe

    SAMUEL…THANKS FOR YOUR ADVICE, IT WORKED WELL IN MY WYNDOWS XP. MY QUESTION IS THIS:
    WHEN I GO TO THE IPOD FOLDERS, THERE IS THE MUSIC FOLDER AND THEN INSIDE THERE ARE MANY FOLDER LIKE F00 TO F25, EACH HAVING A PICE OF THE TOTAL MP3. SO FAR SO GOOD, BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT THEY HAVE STRANGE NAMES (FTDF.MP3 FOR EXAMPLE) EVEN THOUGH I CAN SEE THEY CARRY THE REAL NAME WHEN I TAKE A LOOK AT PROPERTIES. DO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE ALL THE MP3 TO GET BACK THEIR REAL NAMES?? AND ONE MORE…MY IPOD HAS PHOTOS BUT I COULD NOT FIND THEM ANYWHERE IN THE FOLDERS…DO YOU KNOW WHY?

    THANKS A LOT

    FELIPE

  • kevin

    thanks but where does the songs go in computer i dont have itunes

  • molly jay

    i have to say,
    this is the first time ive seen someone post a solution like this.
    haha.
    i feel silly for never thinking of it.
    and it does work!!
    if your running vista:
    go to computer, open the ipod drive (f:), under organize go to folder and search options, click view then show hidden folders, the folder ipod music control will come up!
    thank you so much!

  • Liz

    I did this, I am not a computer whiz, I still can’t figure it out. Might you be able to provide more detail for those more computer challanged? I can see the new music in my itunes library but as soon as I disconnect my ipod it goes away. Somehow I need to move it into my itunes library?

  • MARTYN

    SOUNDS GREAT, BUT I HAVE LAPTOP ON VISTA AND IT DONT HAVE A `MY PC`? PLEASE HELP, KNOW IM NOT VERY GOOD!! MARTYN

  • Orlando

    My laptop was stolen. I have a new computer and will like to find a way of downloading music from my ipod (from other sources other than itunes).

  • http://www.ipod-transfer.net iPod Transfer

    iPod Transfer, as a professional ipod to pc transfer software program, is an easy-to-use transfer which can quickly transfer music from ipod to computer. Moreover, your favorite videos, photos, playlists and more contents on iPod are all supported to backup.

  • Christie

    Thank you samuel-I have vista-hope it works!!!I also can’t figure out how to create and burn a music cd from my ipod music library-can’t find the burn button-getting quite aggravated!!!!can anyone help?????UGGGG!!THANKS!!

  • jonny

    where is “my pc”? i have a laptop running windows xp, but I don’t know where “my pc”is.

  • jess

    Where is the “MY PC” area? I don’t know how to get to it to type in IPOD

  • jon

    molly jay’s worked for purchased songs, still working on the rest or the library

  • chris

    krazy kewl!!! dis wuz awesome!!! but… how do i get my games off?

  • Jim

    Ok. I must be the dumbest person alive!
    Can someone tell me how to do step 2 on a XP? I have no idea what he means.
    Thanks in advance

  • jack

    OMG thanks samuel! i just spent an hour downloading programs that told me i could only restore 5 songs and then i finally stumbled upon you. you are magnificent

  • http://www.topfreedownload.net merry.921

    I know an iPod Transfer program. It can sync songs, movies, photos from iTunes to iPod, iPod to iPod, iPod to computer local disk.
    http://www.dvd-converter-download.com/cucusoft-ipod-iphone-to-pc-transfer.html
    And also this iPod Manager, it not only can transfer files but also can create and edit the playlist for iPod or iPhone:
    http://www.topfreedownload.net/software/avcware-ipod-transfer.html

  • http://soularalous [email protected]

    HELL YA BREAK THE SYSTEMATIC GREED, LOOK AND BE FED! IT DOES WORK IN VISTA!

    PEEP THIS. CLICK ON HELP, MAKE SURE HIDDEN FILES ARE VIEWABLE, FOLLOW ANY INSTRUCIONS NECESSARY.

    CLICK IPOD IN THROUGH COMPUTER VIEW
    EXPAND THE FOLDERS AND VIEW THOSE THAT AVALIABLE
    RIGHTCLICK ITUNES FOLDER
    GET AT THOSE PROPERTIES AND UNHIDE

    THE REVOLUTION IS NOT POLITCAL!!!!!!
    GOD BLESSS

  • http://soularalous [email protected]

    whoops! got a little excited there, not the itunes folder . . . the music folder! of course!

  • happychine

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  • sundaymicky

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  • MeGulapa

    Samuel , I just followed your advice . But how come all the songs appear with an awkard name ?

  • http://www.baby-modeling.co.cc/ Maria

    Great article! I’m a new mom and this helped me a bunch! Thanks!

  • Mark

    An easy way is to use an ipod to computer transfer program to help.I personally use Cucusoft iPhone/iTouch/iPod to Computer Transfer.It helps me to transfer my songs/videos/photos from ipod to my computer directly and safely.It works well for me.

    Free download it at: http://dvd-video-soft.com/ipodconverter/ipod-itouch-iphone-transfer.html

  • Denny

    Will this work for an ipod originally formatted on a Mac?