How to Copy Music From an iPod to a PC

By Anna Roberts

We all know that we should back up the important files on our computers in case of loss. A computer can easily be stolen. There are also no guarantees on files being recoverable if your computer crashes. That said, not all of us are as diligent as we should be when it comes to computing practices. One thing that can be particularly irksome to lose is your music library. If you have your music on an iPod, you can actually restore your music onto your old PC or a new one. Here's how.

Step 1

Connect the iPod to the PC by plugging the USB cable into the USB port on the computer.

Step 2

Open the iPod drive by navigating to "My Computer" on the PC and double clicking the drive icon, which will be indicated by a letter such as D:/ or E:/.

Step 3

Open "Tools," then "Folder Options." Click the "View" tab.

Step 4

Scroll down to click on "Show hidden files and folders." Then click "OK" and close the window.

Step 5

Return to the iPod drive you opened in step 2 to open the new folder called "iPod_Control".

Step 6

Retrieve your music from the folders beginning with "F00" contained within the "Music" folder by copying and pasting the files to your iTunes music folder. Copying the songs should take no more than a few seconds per file.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want an easier method, download third party software to do it for you. You will have to pay for this software at a cost of $20 to $30.
  • The reason that Apple doesn't make it easy to move music from an iPod to a PC is that it makes it very easy to steal songs by copying them from a friend's iPod. Only use this method to retrieve music that you own.Don't try this if you aren't at least moderately computer literate or if these steps seem complicated or confusing. Messing around with computer files isn't a good idea if you don't know what you are doing.