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Best Ways to Transfer Music from iPod to Mac Easily

Jul 29,2019 • Filed to: iPod Transfer • Proven solutions

If you like to learn how to transfer music from iPod to Mac, then this would be the last guide that you will read. It doesn’t matter which version of iPod you have, you can easily transfer music from iPod to Mac. This can be done by using iTunes or any other dedicated tool. In this guide, we will discuss different ways to transfer purchased as well as non-purchased music from iPod to Mac. Lets’ get it started and learn how to transfer music from iPod to Mac.

Part 1: Transfer music from iPod to Mac using iTunes

Most of the users take the assistance of iTunes to transfer music from iPod to Mac. Since it is a native solution developed by Apple, you can use it to copy music from iPod to Mac and vice versa. Even though iTunes is not that user-friendly, you can follow these two approaches to learn how to transfer music from iPhone to Mac.

1.1Transfer purchased music from iPod to Mac

If you have purchased the music on iPod through iTunes or Apple Music store, then you won’t face any issue to copy music from iPod to Mac. All you need to do is follow these steps:

Step 1. Connect your iPod to Mac and launch an updated version of iTunes.

Step 2. Select your iPod from the list of connected devices.

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Step 3. Go to the options and select Devices > Transfer purchases from my iPod.

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This will automatically transfer the purchased music from iPod to Mac.

1.2 Transfer non-purchased music

To transfer music from iPod to Mac that has not been purchased from an authentic source, you might need to walk an extra mile. Ideally, this technique will help you copy music from iPod to Mac manually.

Step 1. Firstly, connect your iTunes to your Mac and launch iTunes. Select your iPod from the list of devices and go to its Summary.

Step 2. From its options, check the “Enable disk use” and apply your changes.

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Step 3. Launch Macintosh HD and select the connected iPod. You can also use a third-party browser to access the iPod files as well. Copy the music files and save it to any other location.

Step 4. Now, to transfer music from iPod to Mac (via iTunes), launch iTunes and go to the “Add files to library” option from its menu.

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Step 5. Go to the location where your music is saved and load it in order to add it to your iTunes library.

Part 2: Transfer music from iPod to Mac without iTunes

If you wish to copy music from iPod to Mac without the hassle of using iTunes, then give dr.fone – Transfer (iOS) a try. This user-friendly tool will let you manage your iPod’s data without using iTunes. You can transfer files between your computer and iPod, any other smartphone and iPod, or even iTunes and iPod. Compatible with every leading iPod generation, it can rebuild your entire iTunes library or can selectively transfer music from iPod to Mac.

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2.1 Transfer iPod music to iTunes

If you wish to copy all the iPod music to iTunes in one go using dr.fone – Transfer (iOS), then follow these steps:

Step 1. Launch dr.fone toolkit and visit the “Transfer” section. Also, connect your iPod to Mac and let it be detected automatically.

Step 2. On the homepage, you can view various options. Just click on “Transfer Device Media to iTunes” to copy music from iPod to Mac (via iTunes).

transfer ipod music to itunes

Step 3. This will generate the following pop-up message. Just click on the “Start” button to initiate the process.

Step 4. The application will scan your iOS device and let you know the kind of media files you can transfer. Make your selection and click on the “Copy to iTunes” button to transfer your music to iTunes library directly.

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2.2 Transfer selective music from iPod to Mac

Since dr.fone – Transfer (iOS) is a complete device manager, it can be used to copy music from iPod to Mac and vice versa. To learn how to transfer music from iPod to Mac selectively, follow these steps:

Step 1. Launch dr.fone – Transfer (iOS) and connect your iPod to it. Once it is detected, the interface will provide its snapshot.

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Step 2. Now, go to the Music tab. This will list all the music files that are stored on your iPod. You can switch between different categories (like songs, podcasts, audiobooks) from the left panel.

Step 3. Select the songs that you wish to move and click on the export icon on the toolbar. You can also right-click on the interface and choose the “Export to Mac” option.

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Step 4. This will open a browser where you can select the location for the selected music to be saved. Just click on the “Save” button and let the application move music from iPod to Mac automatically.

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Part 3: Tips for managing iPod music on Mac

In order to manage music on your iPod, you can simply implement the following tips:

1. Add or delete your music easily

By taking the assistance of dr.fone – Transfer (iOS), you can manage your iPod music in one place. To delete tracks, simply select them, and click on the delete (trash) icon on the toolbar. If you want, you can also add music to iPod from Mac as well. Just click on the import icon > Add. Locate the music files and load them to your iPod.

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2. Fix iTunes errors by updating it

A lot of users are not able to move music from iPod to Mac via iTunes as their iOS device face compatibility issues with iTunes. To avoid this, you can update iTunes by visiting its menu and selecting the “Check for updates” option. It will automatically check for the latest available update for iTunes.

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3. Sync your iPod with iTunes

If you wish to keep your iPod data in sync with your Mac, then you can follow this suggestion. After connecting it with iTunes, go to its Music tab and turn on the “Sync Music” option. In this way, you can also transfer your favorite songs from iTunes to iPod as well.

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We are sure that after following this tutorial, you can learn how to transfer music from iPod to Mac easily. We recommend taking the assistance of dr.fone – Transfer (iOS) to copy music from iPod to Mac (or vice versa) directly. It is a complete iOS device manager and works with all the leading iPod models as well. Download it on your Mac right away and always keep your music organized.

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