How to Transfer MP3 Songs to an iPod

By Michael Butler

Apple iPods can play back songs in several formats, including MP3s. You do not need to convert MP3 songs to another format before transferring them to your iPod. But you do need to add the songs to your iTunes music library before transferring them to your iPod. ITunes can import songs either one at a time or in batches.

Step 1

Open iTunes.

Step 2

Click on the "File" menu, then select "Add File to Library" to add one song. Select "Add Folder to Library" to add all of the songs in a particular folder on your computer. Mac users have different iTunes menu options. On a Mac, select "Add to Library."

Step 3

Browse through the folders on your computer to find the MP3 file you want to transfer to your iPod or the folder that contains several songs. Highlight the file or folder, then click "Open." ITunes processes the MP3 files and adds them to your library.

Connect your iPod to your computer with the USB cable. If your iPod is set to automatically synchronize your entire music library, the MP3 songs you added to iTunes will be added to your iPod. If you have different iPod synchronization settings, browse your music library. Highlight the songs you want to transfer to your iPod. Then, drag and drop the songs onto your iPod's icon in iTunes.