Want to learn how to transfer music from iPod to iTunes freely? There’s the normal method of straight-up using iTunes, of course, but that isn’t always reliable. Especially if you have music sourced from anywhere other than the Apple Music store. Fortunately, there are iPod to iTunes transfer methods that make it unnecessary to use iTunes at all! We’ll be comparing the two in our article below. So, stick around till the end in order to find out which of the two is better!
First, let’s talk about how you can use the normal (iTunes) method in order to transfer music from iPod to iTunes. We won’t be using the automatic sync for this, as it might result in the deletion of your files, but on the other hand, we can’t manually move data from iPod to iTunes either — it’s just not possible. iTunes restricts iPod to iTunes transfer only with automatic sync that will delete any non-apple music songs on your iPod library. There is a way of getting around that, which we’ll show you in just a bit, but it’s only for very specific uses. The limitations of iTunes include the following:
The solution that we’re going to be introducing to get around the iPod to iTunes is the “Transfer Purchases” option. This will allow you to move Apple Music purchases from your iPod to your iTunes library.
Right-click on your device under “Devices” section on the left sidebar and choose the “Transfer Purchase” option on the drop-down option that appears.
All you have to do next is wait for the sync to finish. After that, all the Apple Music you have stored on your iPod should now have automatically been transferred to your iTunes library.
However, this option only works for Apple Music. Any song downloaded or purchases from another source will not be transferred and there’s no manual method of getting around this restriction. Not with iTunes at least.
The second method that we’re going to be introducing is how you can use a data transfer tool to bypass iTunes altogether and transfer your music much easier! For this, we’re going to be using a software called iMusic, which is a popular music transfer program that one can use in replacement of the incredibly limited tools available on iTunes. Among its main features, you can count on the following:
If you want to follow along with the step-by-step instruction shown below, then you should try out the FREE trial iMusic has available on their website. After downloading, installing, and launching the program, you need to proceed to the DEVICE tab.
Click the circled icon on the image below to be moved to the proper page.
As a way of making sure that your PC and your device is fully synced, you might have to allow your PC access. Do this by clicking the Trust option when the pop-up appears on your screen. You shouldn’t have to do this again after doing it the first time.
Now, if you look back to the iMusic window, you’ll notice that the DEVICE page has changed. On it, is a preview of your iPod and the options that you have available to you.
For successfully transferring music from iPod to iTunes, select the Transfer Music to iTunes button. This should move you to a new window where you’ll be able to proceed.
iMusic is great because it has a built-in duplicate-detection system. However, in order for the software to be able to make use of it properly, it must first be able to scan the items on your iPod and iTunes library. Start the scan by clicking the “Start” button on the bottom of the window.
We’re almost done! All you have to do now is decide which of the files that you want to move. iMusic will provide a list of items that you can select and de-select as needed, so make use of it if you only want to transfer certain types of data.
Once ready, finish up by selecting the “Copy to iTunes” button. iMusic will do the rest of the work from here on out. Just wait a couple of minutes for the transfer to complete!
|IOS & ANDROID TO ITUNES||Yes||Yes|
|ITUNES TO IOS & ANDROID||Yes||Yes|
|MUSIC TAGS & COVER TOOLS||Yes||Yes|
|ITUNES LIBRARY BACKUP TOOLS||Yes||Yes|
|BURN MUSIC TO CD||Yes||Yes|
|DOWNLOAD AND RECORD MUSIC IN ONE CLICK||Yes||No|
Conclusion: The bottom line is, there’s really not much that sets iMusic and iTunes apart when it comes to features. Both programs can initiate efficient automatic transfers between iPod to iTunes and vice versa. Unfortunately, the area where they do differ can be pretty inconvenient for those who like to source their music from places other than the Apple Music store. If that’s the case for you, then you’re likely to find it very difficult to transfer files between your device and your PC with iTunes alone. Which is why we recommend a third-party alternative like iMusic to make your life so much easier!