How Can I Transfer Songs From My iPod to My Computer?

By Johnathan Micah

The iPod is a portable media device that stores music, videos and other digital media content. Apple's iTunes software is designed to transfer music and other digital media files from the iTunes library to an iPod device. But iTunes is not designed to transfer songs from an iPod to a hard drive. Windows users can get the music off of an iPod device by altering their folder options to include any hidden files or folders.

Step 1

Connect the iPod to the computer's USB or Firewire port. Close iTunes if it automatically loads.

Step 2

Open "My Computer" and right-click on the iPod device icon. Select "Explore" from the menu to view the iPod's contents.

Step 3

Click the "Tools" menu and select "Options" from the drop-down menu. Click the "View" tab and put a check mark in the "Show Hidden Files and Folders" box. Click the "OK" button to return to the iPod's explorer window.

Step 4

Open the "iPod_Control" folder and right-click on the "Music" directory. Click "Properties" and uncheck the "Hidden" box. Click the "Apply" button and select the "Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files" option. Click the "OK" button to continue.

Step 5

Select all the files located in the "Music" directory on the iPod and drag them to a new folder on the hard drive. Open iTunes and select the "Preferences" menu. Click the "Advanced" tab and then put a check mark in the "Keep iTunes Music Folder Organized" and "Copy files to iTunes Music Folder when adding to the library" boxes.

Step 6

Drag and drop the copied files from the hard drive into iTunes to add them to the iTunes library.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not allow iTunes to run before transferring your music tracks to your hard drive or reconfiguring iTunes. If iTunes is set to automatically sync your entire library, it will erase the contents of your iPod.