How to Transfer Music From an iPod to Windows Media Player

By Chris Brower

You can transfer music from an iPod to Windows Media Player fairly quickly and easily. While iTunes is the digital music player most often used to play iPod files, Windows Media Player can play iPod files as well. Plus, Windows Media Player can be downloaded for free through Microsoft's website if you do not already have it.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cord

Step 1

Connect your iPod to your computer by using the USB cord.

Step 2

Click the "Start" button that is located in the left corner of the computer screen. Select "My Computer."

Step 3

Double click the drive that belongs to your iPod. This drive will often have your name followed by IPOD, such as "DANNY'S IPOD."

Step 4

Click the "Tools" menu and pick "Folder Options." Choose the "View" tab, and click the circle that is next to "Show hidden files and folders." Click "Apply," followed by "OK." A folder will appear that is named "iPod_Control."

Step 5

Double click the "iPod_Control" folder, and you'll see several folders, including one that is named "Music." Double click that folder, and you'll now see folders with names like "F00" and "F01." These hold the music from your iPod.

Step 6

Click the "Edit" menu and choose "Select All." Click the "Edit" menu again and choose "Copy."

Step 7

Create a folder on your computer in an area that is easy to find, such as in My Document or My Music. Give it a name like "iPod Files" (any name will do).

Step 8

Open the folder you just created. Click the "Edit" menu and select "Paste," and the music files from your iPod will begin pasting into the folder you just created. Be patient, as it can take several minutes to finish pasting the files onto your computer.

Step 9

Click the "Edit" menu and choose "Select All." Click the "File" menu and choose "Properties" and then the General tab. Unclick the box that is found next to "Hidden." Click "Apply" and choose to apply it to all folders and subfolders. Click "OK."

Step 10

Open Windows Media Player.

Step 11

Click the dropdown menu located below the "Library" button found near the top. Select "Add to Library."

Step 12

Click the "Add" button, and find the folder that holds all the music you just copied onto your computer. Click on the folder name and then click "OK" and then "OK" again.