How to Transfer Music from PC/Mac Computer to iPod (touch)

How to transfer music from computer to iPod (touch)? Read this guide to put music on iPod (touch) from computer, covering windows PC and Mac.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 18, 2020

Nowadays, iPhone is fitted with many more functions than the iPod and iPod touch and even can replace the iPod completely. However, when it comes to listening to music, iPod is still the best choice because of its portability, long battery life, large storage for music, etc. If you have the same idea and you are doing this, this post is what you need. In this guide, we will focus on how to transfer music from computer to iPod (touch) in detail.

To put music on iPod/iPod touch from a computer, normally our first choice is syncing with iTunes. However, when syncing entire music and other iOS data like photos, iBooks, Movies with iTunes, all the synced data on our iOS device will be erased. Therefore, before showing you how to put music on iPod/iPod touch with iTunes, we would like to share you a new way to transfer music from computer to iPod without iTunes, and you won’t lose any previous data.

At the same time, we will also recommend a nice iOS data management tool – AnyTrans, which allows you to download music from Windows PC or Mac computer to iPod (touch) without erasing any existing data on your iPhone iPad iPod touch. Next, let’s get it started!

Part 1: How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPod touch without iTunes

If you don’t want to lose any existing data on your device while downloading music from computer to iPod, or just want to copy music to iPod without iTunes, then take the assistance of some professional and safe iOS data transfer tools like AnyTrans. It is meticulously designed for transferring data on iPod/iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, and also fitted with many fantastic features on transferring music from computer to iPod:

AnyTrans – iPod Music Transfer

  • Transfer music from PC/Mac to iPod without erase or any data loss.
  • It’s very easy & fast to transfer songs to iPod with drag & drop.
  •  Playlists, ratings, plays, and other info will also be transferred.
  • Also transfer music from iPod to iPod, to iPhone, to iTunes library.

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Now, Free Download AnyTrans on your computer firstly, and then follow the steps below to add songs to iPod from computer easily.

Step 1. Connect your computer and iPod.

Launch AnyTrans > Connect your iPod to the computer via a USB cable. After AnyTrans recognizes your device, tap “+” on the homepage of your device.

Move Mouse to your iPhone Image and Click +

Click Add Content Button on the Main Interface

Step 2. Put music on iPod from computer.

Find and select the music you want to transfer from computer to your iPod, then click Open to start transferring. After transferring, all selected songs will be transferred to your iPod touch Music app or other iPod disk.

Select Music from Computer and Open them

Select Music to Transfer

Compared to sync music with iTunes, you won’t lose any previous song on your iPod while transferring music from computer to iPod with AnyTrans. If you are having a problem with your iPod touch or iPhone iPad after iOS 13, here is a list of the common iOS 13 problems and solutions.

Part 2. How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPod Using iTunes

When importing songs to iPod or iPod touch with iTunes, all the previous media files synced from computer or iTunes library (like songs, playlists, iBooks, photos, etc.) will be erased. If you don’t want to lose any existing data on your iPod (touch), you can move to Part 1 and transfer music from computer to iPod without iTunes. Now, let’s check how to put music on iPhone, iPad, iPod from computer using iTunes:

Add music from computer to iTunes Library firstly:

  1. Have iTunes installed on your computer. If you were a Windows Media Player user, you need to transfer songs from Windows Media Player onto iTunes library firstly.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. Click the “File” option on the upper left corner.
  4. Choose “Add to Library” to import your music (Ctrl+O).
Add Music from Computer to iTunes Library

Add Music from Computer to iTunes Library

How to add music to iPod:

  1. Connect your iPod to the computer through USB cable.
  2. iTunes will detect the iPod automatically.
  3. Then, tap the “Music” option at the left panel.
  4. Check the “Sync Music” box.
  5. If you want to transfer all your music, just click on the “Entire music” option.
  6. Click the “Apply” button to start syncing songs to iOS device.
Sync Music from Computer to iPod Touch Using iTunes

Sync Music from Computer to iPod Touch Using iTunes

If nothing is happening when you drag songs, you may have to go to Summary and check the Manually manage iTunes music and videos box. At last, you will find the selected songs, playlists, artists onto your iPod device.

This approach would be very annoying if your music files did not put together, because you need to find them one-by-one and import music into iTunes library before transferring to iPod/iPod touch. Actually, all these methods and steps also can be used to transfer music from computer to iPhone iPad. If you will have further needs to download music from your computer to your iPhone iPad, just follow the steps below to finish the job.

Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Music from iPhone/iPad/iPod to Computer

Most of our digital music are saved in two places, on our computer, and on our iOS devices. The chances are we might lose our computer (or the data on it) due to crashed hard drive, long-term usage or accidental damages. Even the worst news is that the music you purchased disappears along with it. So what’s left? A handicapped iPod, as Apple restricts its gadgets to sync with one music library. Feel like getting a life-saving straw?

Not yet, you should keep it in mind that any attempts to sync your iOS device with a different computer will result in an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with all your music deleted. What if you want to copy songs from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to a new computer? After downloading and installing AnyTrans, you can easily make it in 2 steps, as shown below, and without iTunes.

Step 1. Launch AnyTrans on your computer (Mac or Windows PC) > Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to computer with a USB cable > Click Device Manager > Choose the Music Category on the right side.

Select Music Tab in AnyTrans

Click Music Category on the Main Interface

Step 2. On music manage page, select the songs you want to transfer to computer > Click the “Send to PC” button to transfer music from iPhone to the computer with ease.

Choices of Music Management

Choices of Music Management

  1. AnyTrans supports all the modes of iPod and iPod touch. No matter what device you are working with, it helps you transfer music between iPod and computer.
  2. Except for transferring music from iPod (touch) to Mac or PC, AnyTrans also allows you to transfer music from iDevice to iTunes library.

The Bottom Line

AnyTrans is the best iTunes alternative to manage your iPod music and puts your songs in the right place you need. Besides music, it also supports transferring and managing photos, videos, ringtones, voice memos, contacts, notes, messages, and more on your iPhone/iPad/iPod. AnyTrans also guarantees you 100% Safe & Security. During this process, all the contents on your iPhone will be kept safe, and you won’t lose any data or file. Now download it to have a try >

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.