How to Reverse an iPod to iTunes Transfer

by Chester Rockwell

The iPod is designed for mobile music playback and is typically used to hold music that is transferred from your computer. To perform a reverse transfer means to transfer music from your iPod to iTunes. Performing a reverse sync and using your iPod as the music source is an easy procedure and is handy to know if you want to transfer music from an old computer to a new computer.

Connect your iPod to your computer and open iTunes.

Allow iTunes to automatically recognize the iPod device. When the iPod screen opens in iTunes, select the "Summary" tab and then make sure that the box next to "Manually manage music and videos" is checked. Click "OK" when the "Disabling automatic update requires manually unmounting the iPod before each disconnect" dialog box comes up.

Quit iTunes and keep your iPod plugged into your computer.

Locate the iPod device on your computer's desktop or in the "My Computer" menu. Double click the device to open its folder.

Select the contents of the iPod that you want to reverse transfer, right click and select "Copy."

Navigate to the folder where you want to store the selected contents, right click and select "Paste." The files will automatically transfer from your iPod to your computer.

About the Author

Chester Rockwell began his professional writing career in 2003, as a beat writer for local publications and an analyst for market research firms. His writing in business and efforts as a publicist have been recognized in outlets such as Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, "WIRED" and "BusinessWeek," among other publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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