How to Transfer Music From iPod Classic to Computer

by Benjamin Aries Google

    An Apple iPod can hold an entire library of music and synchronize with its owner's computer using a transfer cable. However, an iPod is designed to sync only with an authorized computer. This limitation can become a problem if your main computer crashes or is lost. You can access your stored music files directly using Mac or Windows software and can transfer the music to a computer of your choice.

    Windows

    Step 1

    Plug the iPod into the PC using an Apple USB cable. Open the iTunes software on the computer. Select the iPod name in the Devices section. Check the box marked "Enable Disk Use" and click "OK."

    Step 2

    Click the "Start" menu and select "Computer." Double-click on the iPod location. Select the "Tools" menu, and click "Folder Options." Choose "View" and then check "Show hidden files and folders."

    Step 3

    Select the folder named "iPod_Controls" and open the sub-folder named "Music." Click "Edit" and choose "Select All." Drag and drop the selected folders to a convenient location on the PC, such as Music.

    Step 4

    Open the folder on the PC that holds the transferred music. Click "Edit" and choose "Select All." Right-click on the selected files and click "Properties." Uncheck the box marked "Hidden" and press "OK."

    Step 5

    Import the transferred music files into your favorite media player. To load the songs into Apple iTunes, click the "File" menu and choose "Add Folder to Library." Select the computer folder that holds to music. The media player automatically reads embedded title and artist information from the music files.

    Mac

    Step 1

    Connect the iPod to the Mac using an Apple USB cable. Open the iTunes software. Select the iPod name under Devices. Check the box labeled "Enable Disk Use" and click "OK."

    Step 2

    Install and launch the Houdini utility (link in Resources). Click the "Folders" button in Houdini and select "Reveal." Select the iPod device and open the folder named "iPod_Controls." Select the subfolder named "Music" and click "Choose."

    Step 3

    Open the iPod folder on the Mac. Double-click on "iPod_Controls" and open the "Music" subfolder. Click "Edit" and choose "Select All." Drag and drop the selected files to a folder on the computer, such as Music.

    Step 4

    Import the transferred music files into your favorite media player. To load the songs into Apple iTunes, click the "File" menu and choose "Add to Library." Choose the computer folder that holds to music. The media player automatically reads embedded title and artist information from the audio files.

    Tips

    • A software utility called MacDrive (link in Resources) enables Windows users to view Mac-formatted iPods on a PC. This software isn't included with Windows but can be purchased if needed.

    Warnings

    • A Windows computer can't access music if the iPod is formatted for a Mac. If a "Disk is not Formatted" warning appears, don't click "Yes" unless you wish to erase the existing iPod files.

    About the Author

    Benjamin Aries has been involved in digital media for much of his life and began writing professionally in 2009. He has lived in several different states and countries, and currently writes while exploring different parts of the world. Aries specializes in technical subjects. He attended Florida State University.

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