While Apple recommends consolidating files from an iPod to an iPhone through iTunes or iCloud, that's not possible when you're trying to do so with a device that isn't synchronized with your iTunes/Apple account. In such a situation, getting your music to your iPhone requires third-party file explorer programs. These programs are loaded onto your Mac or Windows PC, and require that you connect your iPod to your computer via USB.
Download and install DiskAid on your desktop computer. It comes with a free trial.
Connect your iPod to your computer. You can connect multiple devices to the same computer, and can connect the devices via Wi-Fi. You'll see a screen show up with a sidebar listing each of the iOS devices connected to your computer. If your computer asks you to synch the iPod to iTunes, click "Cancel" and continue.
Click the bar for your iPod; a menu of file types will show up. Click "Music."
Select the play lists or songs you want to copy, and click "Add to Computer" or "Copy to Device" if you have both your iPod and iPhone connected.
DiskAid will copy the playlists and songs to the new device.
Download and install iExplore on your computer.
Connect your iPod to your computer. You'll be able to find your music library on the iPod and transfer it to your computer. IExplore will let you merge multiple music libraries from multiple devices into one iTunes account that can then be synced to your other devices. ITunes may launch; if it does, cancel it and do not sync your iPod to it. A panel will open up showing different data categories.
Click on the "Media Library" category to see your music library. Songs that have a blue "+" are on the iPod but not on iTunes on the computer.
Select your music tracks or entire playlists and click the "Transfer" button. You can transfer the music to a folder or directly into iTunes.
Connect your iPhone to your computer and let iTunes sync the music to your iPhone.
Download and install iFunBox.
Launch iFunBox and plug in your iPod.
Click the "Quick Toolbar" button and select "Export Files and Data," then select "iPod Music."
Select a destination folder for the transferred music. Unplug your iPod when the transfer is complete.
Launch iTunes and have it import the music from the folder, then connect your iPhone and sync the device.
- Some programs that work with the iOS-enabled iPod Touch may not work with traditional iPod models like the Classic, Nano and Shuffle.
- USB cable
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