How to Transfer Songs from your iPod to an iTunes Library

by Avery Martin ; Updated September 28, 2017

Transferring songs requires you to select an option within iTunes to sync your music. Once you select this option, your computer will automatically sync music to your iPod after connecting. Business owners that need to sync content to their devices for presentations, meetings and company events can transfer music to their computer for editing and inclusion in projects. Syncing music to your computer also provides you with a backup on your computer in case your iPod gets lost or stolen on a business trip or during day to day operations.

Connect your iPod to your computer, and launch iTunes if it doesn't automatically start. On Windows, click the Start menu then type "iTunes" into the search box. On a Mac, click the iTunes icon in the Dock.

Click on your iPod in the Devices section of iTunes. If a dialog box appears asking if you want to transfer your purchases from your iPod, click "Transfer Purchases."

Select the "Music" tab.

Check "Sync Music," and choose whether you want to sync the "Entire Music Library" or "Selected Playlists, Artists, Albums, or Genres." If you choose "Selected Playlists, Artists, Albums, or Genres," choose the items you want to sync in the Playlist, Artist, Album and Genre sections.

Click "Apply," and wait for the computer to finish syncing.

Tip

  • Don't select "Erase and Sync" unless you want to delete everything on your iPod and replace it with the contents of your computer's iTunes library.

About the Author

Avery Martin holds a Bachelor of Music in opera performance and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies. As a professional writer, she has written for Education.com, Samsung and IBM. Martin contributed English translations for a collection of Japanese poems by Misuzu Kaneko. She has worked as an educator in Japan, and she runs a private voice studio out of her home. She writes about education, music and travel.