How to Transfer Music From iPod to Computer

By Techwalla Contributor

Copy your iPod's music over to your computer so you can enjoy your iTunes from your PC, as well. No sense in purchasing your music twice; Apple allows you to transfer your purchased iTunes onto an authorized PC, so you can back up the files and have them on both devices.

Get iStore to Recognize Your Computer

Step 1

Open your iTunes program on your computer.

Step 2

Go to the "Store" menu and select "Authorize Computer."

Step 3

Select either the Apple ID or AOL button, depending on how you log into iTunes.

Step 4

Enter user ID and password and click "Authorize" to have the Apple iStore and iTunes recognize your computer as a valid device to transfer files to.

Copy Your Music

Step 1

Plug your iPod into your computer with the USB cable.

Step 2

Click "Transfer Purchases" from the sub-menu box that appears.

Step 3

Click "Transfer Purchases from [your iPod name]" from your File menu if the sub-menu box does not appear.

Step 4

Wait while iTunes copies your iPod's music onto your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to copy your purchased music onto several devices by accessing the iPod's storage folders and drag and dropping -- this could place you in a position of committing copyright infringement.