How to Transfer Songs From Ipod to Another Computer

By Morgan O'Connor

Unless you know what you are doing, iTunes does not make it easy to transfer songs from your iPod to your computer. Instead, it suggests that you sync the two -- which would erase any songs on the iPod that are not also on your computer. When your iPod is full of music from a broken computer and you wish to transfer it to your new computer, this difficulty simply lends insult to injury. You do not, however, need to accept iTunes' offer to sync your iPod with iTunes. After you decline, you can transfer your music to the new computer.

Show Hidden Files

Step 1

Click "Start," "Control Panel" and then "Folder Options." This opens a new window.

Step 2

Click the "View" tab in the new window. You should see a list of options in the "Advanced settings" section.

Step 3

Click to select "Show hidden files, folders and drives" in the "Advanced settings" section and then click "Apply." Click "OK" to close this window.

Copying to Computer

Step 1

Open iTunes on the new computer onto which you wish to transfer your music, and then plug your iPod into this computer.

Step 2

Click "Cancel" when iTunes asks if you want to sync your iPod with this iTunes library.

Step 3

Click "Start" and then "Computer." Your iPod should appear in the list of devices with removable storage. Double-click it to open it.

Step 4

Open the "iPod_Control" folder, which contains various other folders. Right-click the "Music" folder, select "Copy," and then navigate to your desktop -- or another location you can easily remember. Paste a copy of the "Music" folder to this location. The copying process may take a while, depending on how much music you have.

Returning Music to iTunes

Step 1

Click "File" and then "Add Folder to Library" in iTunes.

Step 2

Navigate to the "Music" folder you copied from your iPod, and then click it.

Step 3

Click "Select Folder" to add the music from this folder into the iTunes program on your new computer. Again, this process may take awhile.