How to Transfer Music From iPod to iTunes

By Editorial Team

Updated July 21, 2017

You can add your music to another computer that contains iTunes without losing all your songs.

The first thing you want to do is connect your iPod to your computer via the white USB cable.

Warning: If iTunes opens and asks you if you would like to sync up your iPod, click "No."

After your iPod is connected, open My Computer, or just Computer from the start menu and look for the iPod drive. It should be in the (F:) drive. You will see the iPod logo in the listing of disk drives.

If you are using Windows vista: Open the iPod drive and click on "Organize." Then, click the folder and search options tab. Then "View" and "Show hidden files and folders."

If you are using Windows XP, open the iPod drive and click "Tools," then "Folder options," then the View tab. Then click "Show hidden files and folder." Finally, click "Apply."

Now you should have a new folder called "iPod_control." Open that folder up and you should see the following: Calendar, Contacts, ipod_control, notes, photos, etc. If you are trying to save all of your music, then the "iPod_control" folder is the only one you need to worry about.

Open the iPod_control folder, then open the music folder. Copy each one of those folders (should look similar to these: F00, F01 ...) onto your computer.

You can do this by creating a new folder on your desktop and dragging the files into the folder.

Open iTunes and insert the new folder you created on your computer's desktop into: library ---> Music

You can now sync your iPod to this new computer with out losing all of your music.


Don't sync your iPod until you create a folder on your new computer with all your music in it!

Items you will need

  • iPod

  • iTunes

  • computer