How to Transfer Songs From My iPod to My Cell Phone

by Stephen A. Powell
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Listening to music saved on a media-capable cell phone can be convenient if you do not wish to carry your Apple iPod. Because the iPod acts as a removable storage disk, you can transfer music stored on the device to your phone and other USB-enabled hardware. Performing a device-to-device transfer takes a matter of seconds once you properly edit the iPod's settings in iTunes.

Step 1

Connect the iPod and cell phone to your computer using their USB adapters. Launch iTunes if it does not load automatically upon the iPod's connection.

Step 2

Click the iPod's device icon in the iTunes "Source" pane.

Step 3

Check "Enable Disk Use" from the "Summary" tab if it is not already selected.

Step 4

Open the iPod's device icon in your computer's file manager.

Step 5

Open the cell phone's device icon in a separate file manager window.

Drag and drop the iPod's music from its window into the cell phone's file folder.


  • Safely remove both your iPod and cell phone after the transfer is complete. Right-click each device's icon and select "Eject" or "Safely Remove Hardware" from the drop-down menu.
  • Enable your cell phone's USB mass storage function from its main menu if necessary.
  • Drag and drop the iPod's music files onto a location on your computer if you only have one USB port. Disconnect the iPod. Connect the cell phone and transfer the iPod's music files from your hard drive.


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About the Author

Stephen A. Powell is a tenured, versatile music writer based in New York. After honing his skills at St. John's University and City College (CUNY), Powell took his writing and media development services to XXL Magazine, SiTV and One Networks among other media outlets. Powell's love of language arts and desire to help others realize their full creative potential are pervasive throughout his work.

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