How to Backup iPod Music to Computer

To back up iPod music is very necessary, for there are risks that we might lose our iPod music. They may be erased by iTunes when syncing your iPod, may be deleted by mistake, may be wiped clean by unknown disasters to iPod. To prepare for all the worst, you can refer to this tutorial on how to backup iPod music to computer. Here we will introduce several free ways to fast backup your iPod music.

Since iTunes is incapable of iPod to PC transfer, here we can go without this huge program and use other tools to do the job. We can backup iPod music to computer with Windows system method, Syncios method, iFunbox method, following are the detailed steps.

Solution 1:Windows System Solution

Have you thought that you could get music file from iPod to PC with your Windows system? You may also notice that Windows system can actually treat iPod as a removable drive, and you can just go in and copy the files off from where they have been stored. It will suit your need if you don't want to install any other tool on your computer. But it's a little bit difficult and you may need to spend time on finding options and files in your iPod, iTunes and computer (settings will vary in different Windows and iTunes version). Here are the steps.

1. Connect your iPod — Connect your iPod then run iTunes. Warning! If iTunes loads when you plug in your iPod, and is set to automatically sync your entire library (erasing files from your iPod), you MUST stop it — hit the little “X” in the upper right hand corner of the window.

2. Open your iPod — It should show up on “My Computer” as a “Portable Device”; right click and choose “Open”.

3. Unhide the files — By default, Windows hides hidden files and folders (thus the name). Go to Folder Options (Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization), and on the View tab, check “Show Hidden Files and Folders”.

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4. Find Music File — The music is stored (in current iPods) in the directory “\iPod_Control\Music”. This may have a lot of odd looking stuff in it — it doesn’t matter; select everything and drag and drop them to a folder on your hard drive.

5. Configure iTunes — Go into iTunes Preferences, and under the Advanced tab, check “Keep iTunes Music Folder Organized” and “Copy files to iTunes Music Folder when adding to the library” (settings move around a bit between versions of iTunes, but these settings will be there somewhere).

Solution 2: Syncios iPod to PC transfer | File Size: 22.3 MB

Syncios iPad Transfer is an excellent but free program for backing up iPod music to computer. Compared with method above, it will be more straightforward, saving you time in finding files and directly transferring music from iPod to PC. Another amazing feature is that it supports converting iPod music to format like MP3, M4A, M4R, CAF. That means, besides backing up your iPod music, you can also convert iPod music into formats that fit your smart phone, tablets and other PMPs, convert and import music on your computer iPod supported formats. iOS 7 iPod is also supported. See how to backup iPod music to PC with Syncios iPod Transfer.

1. Install Syncios — Download and install Syncios iPod Transfer on your computer. Please note that iTunes is also needed to be installed. But you don't have to run iTunes when using this program.

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2. Connect your iPod — Plug your iPod into your computer with USB cable and wait for a little while for device loading.

3. Choose iPod music files — Click on "My Device" tab on the top, the left hand side vertical column displays all the sections of the device according to file types. Click on "Media" and choose "Music" in the right hand side, all the iPod music will be listed in the main window. Click to select the wanted music.

4. Backup iPod music to PC — Click "Export" on top of the center panel, set backup file location on your computer and click "OK" to apply. Then you can get your iPod music file backed up in your computer.

Solution 3: iFunBox | File Size: 17 MB

iFunBox is another piece of freeware which enables you to backup iPod music in simple way with few click. This application is connected with its own app store from which you can buy and download other sources. If you would like to do more than iPod music to PC transfer, it could also be a good option. But there is a drawback that it has no list for showing and choosing the music contents inside, let alone showing other info like size, artist, genre etc. And the interface seems to be less user-friendly.

1. Install iFunBox — Download and Install iFunBox on your computer.

2. Connect your iPod — Plug your iPod into your computer with USB cable and wait for a little while for device loading.

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3. Export iPod Music — Go to "Quick Toolbox > Export Files and Data". Click "iPod Music" and choose export folder on your computer. Then click "Save" to export all the music from iPod.

Conclusion:

Now, with free methods above, you could save money and time on backing up your iPod music to computer and there is no need to worry about losing your music file in iPod. Moreover, all these methods can be operated without network or wifi. It would be of great convenience to backup iPod music if you are on journey with just a laptop and unable to use iCloud. Actually, in the same way you can backup all other iPod contents like photos, videos, contacts, ebooks and more files to your PC (or laptop).

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