How to Extract Music From an iPod

by David McKinney

Your new iTunes music library no doubt looks pretty stark if you've just purchased a new computer. One way to make the digital music collection on your laptop or desktop respectable involves turning to your iPod. While Apple doesn't sanction the practice, an array of software developers on the Internet offer applications that will enable you to extract music from an iPod and put the songs on your computer quickly and inexpensively.

Verify that your computer has a 9.0 or later version of iTunes installed. If not, download a copy for free from, install it, and open the program on your computer.

Download an iPod file-transfer application from the Internet, such as iRip, Senuti or CopyTrans, and install on your computer. Open the program. Note the warning below with iRip software.

Plug in the USB cable to your iPod and computer. Once the file-transfer program has recognized your iPod, choose what songs you want to extract from your iPod. Then, initiate the transfer, which could take between five and 20 minutes, depending on the amount of songs you are moving from your iPod to your computer.

Check your iTunes and verify that all of the songs you sought to move have transferred once the synching stops. Disconnect the iPod from your computer by hitting the eject button next to the image of your iPod on the left of the iTunes screen. Unplug the USB cable from your iPod and computer.


  • close If using iRip software, its developers warn to hold down the "Option" and "Command" keys as you connect your iPod to the computer to avoid losing content on your iPod.

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About the Author

David McKinney is a newspaper reporter. He was born in Mattoon, Ill., and graduated Eastern Illinois University with a journalism degree. Since 1995, he has covered Illinois state government, including the rise of Barack Obama and the rise and fall of Rod Blagojevich.