How Do You Transfer Music to an iPod, and from iPod to iTunes

May 13, 2010, By Alex Ion

Do you love listening to music? Then you have to get one of the cool portable media players available on the market today. The high demand for these mini gadgets has forced manufacturing companies to come up with newer models. And while buying an iPod may cost you a fortune, there is no way you can overlook the amazing list of features that comes with it.

iPod: the positives and negatives

The latest iPods let you store images, documents, videos as well as audio tracks. However there is one major problem that can become irritating after some time. You’ll need to use iTunes in order to transfer music to your iPod.

Also, a large number of iPod users have also complained about the complicated nature of iTunes which poses plentiful restrictions on the audio sharing.

File transferring on iPods using iTunes

Don’t worry as now you can transfer all your music files, documents, pictures or videos from your iPod to your computer, and vice versa. Which means that, somehow … you can pretty much use your iPod as a portable hard drive. But as said above, you need to use iTunes. So here’s how to do it:

  1. Connect your ipod to your computer using the USB cable you got it inside the package.
    Remeber: If iTunes asks you to sync up your ipod, you need to click NO!
  2. Now that you connected your iPod, open up My Computer and look for the iPod Drive (maybe F: or G:) You’ll distinguish easily as it comes with an iPad logo.
  3. Windows Vista users: Open the iPod drive,click ORGANIZE. Go to Folder and Search Options tab, under View look for Show hidden files and folders. Check it.
    Windows XP users: Open the iPod drive, go for Tools, Folder Options and under View click on Show hidden files and folders. Click on OK.
  4. Doing that will allow you to see a new folder called ipod_control. Open it up and there should be Calendar, Contacts, ipod_control, notes, photos, ect. Open the Music folder and copy each of those folders (F00, F01 …) somewhere onto your computer’s hard drive.
  5. Now open your iTunes directory on your computer, and add all directories you just copied from your iPod to Library -> Music.
  6. You haven’t lost anything : you can now sync your iPod with iTunes and all your music is there.

Alternative ways of transferring files from iPod to computer

The method mentioned above may not be the best for those who don’t know their way around on a computer. Therefore the best way to transfer music files to your iPod is to software applications like floola and iPod2iPod.

Although these software applications are a bit complicated in nature, you can use them to transfer songs to your iPod from any machine or vice versa provided you have installed them on the computer. But the best part about these applications is that they are available completely free.

Just download any one of them and start saving your iPod’s content on your computer’s hard drive.

Tips on sharing files between two iPods

Want to transfer music and files from one iPod to the other? Now you can do that easily with the likes of miShare. All you need to do is plug in both iPods into miShare and the gadget triggers a super fast sync method to ensure files are being transferred from one iPod to the another.

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