How to copy music from iPod to your PC

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iPodiTunes can only copy music to iPod, but not the other way round. So what if you want to copy your music from iPod to your computer?

In this little tutorial we describe the most simplistic way how to copy music from your iPod to a your computer directly, without any other software.


How to copy music and songs from iPod to PC

This tutorial works only with iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and iPod Classic. iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad uses iOS operating system that doesn't support standard USB Mass Storage Device connection as classical iPods.

Step 1

Go to the Control PanelFolder SettingsView and set Show hidden files and folders option to enabled (You can also use our Search utility that is able to easily manage this option).

Windows Folder Settings

Step 2

Connect your iPod to the computer and open Windows Explorer.

Windows Explorer

Step 3

Click on iPod device and go to the iPod_Control\Music\ directory.

Windows Explorer view content of iPod

Step 4

Select folders and copy them to the computer.

Windows Explorer copy menu

Folders copied from iPod have hidden attribute. To change it, select one or more folders with mouse (or press Ctrl + A to select them all) and right click on it → select the Properties option → General tab → de-check the box next to Hidden.

Folder attributes

When iTunes copies songs to iPod, it renames song names. However their ID3 tags are preserved. Use any music managing utility to rename song names by their  ID3 tags.

Windows Explorer

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