Transfer Music from External Hard Drive to iPod

Is it possible to copy music from an external hard drive onto an iPod? I have an external drive with a lot of music that I've deleted off my laptop to free up space and now I want to put it onto new iPod. There isn't enough space on my laptop hard drive to put the music back into the laptop so is there a way to transfer from hard drive to the iPod? Thank you.

The answer is YES. You don't have to sync iPod with iTunes, which lets you lose all the old songs on the iPod. Instead, you can transfer music from external hard drive to iPod in batch and keep the old songs on it at the same time. To realize it, you need to get a third-party tool for help. Wondershare TunesGo Retro - iOS Transfer (Windows) or Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Mac) is a good option. In this article, I'll show you how you make it.

Download this program on your PC. Choose the right version.

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Note: The Mac version named Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Mac) supports iPod touch 4 and iPod touch 5 running iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS 9. With the Windows version, you can copy music from external hard drive to more iPod models, say, iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod classic and iPod touch. Here comes more info about supported iPod models.

Part 1: How to transfer music from external hard drive to iPod

Both Windows and Mac version work well. In this article, I'm going to focus on the Windows version. Mac users can follow the similar steps to get things done.

transfer music from external hard drive to ipod

Step 1. Connect the iPod and external hard drive to the PC

To begin with, run TunesGo Retro after installing it on the PC. Connect the iPod and the external hard drive to the PC with the digital USB cable. When your iPod is detected, this program will bring up the main window on which the iPod is shown.

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Step 2. Transfer music from hard drive to iPod

On the left side is the iPod's directory tree. Click "Media" to show the music window. Click "Music" when the music window isn't shown. On the left side is the iPod's directory tree. Click "Media" to show the music window. Click "Music" when the music window isn't shown.

When this program detects that the music isn't in iPod optimized format, it will help you convert it.

how to transfer music from external hard drive to ipod

Of course, you can also move playlists from iPod to external hard drive. Come back to the left column and click "Playlist". Select your desired playlists. Click "Export to". Navigate to the external hard drive and move playlists to it.

Note: At this moment, the Mac version doesn't support moving playlists from external hard drive to iPod as the Windows version does.

copy music from external hard drive to ipod

Download TunesGo Retro to copy music from external hard drive to iPod.

Download Win VersionDownload Mac Version

Part 2: Comparison Between TunesGo and TunesGo Retro

In view that some customers are confused about the functions between TunesGo and TunesGo Retro, we have listed a detailed comparison table between them for further reference. Through the table, you can easily distinguish their differences: TunesGo focuses on freeing your music to discover, download, manage and enjoy your favorite music with a relatively higher price; meanwhile, TunesGo Retro is mainly to transfer music, photos, videos, playlists from your iPhone, iPad& iPod to iTunes Library& PC for backup, to manage music and photos freely with a relatively competitive price. Following are the details:

Supported Devices
iOS Devices
iPod
Android Devices  
Music & Playlist
Add Music to iTunes  
Export Music from iTunes  
Convert Unsupported Formats of Music to iTunes  
Delete Music from iTunes  
Delete Music and Video on Device
De-duplicate Music in iTunes  
Remove Lost Files in Tunes  
Search and Delete the Repeated Music on Device
Fix Music ID Tags of iTunes  
Supplement Music Covers of iTunes  
Directly Fix, Edit and Save ID3 Information on Device.  
Download Music from YouTube,SoundCloud etc.  
Record Online Music on Music Sites, Like 8Track, Rdio etc.  
Record App Music, Like Spotify Music etc.  
Burn iTunes Music to CD  
Generate Car Playlist  
Transfer Music, Audio & Playlist:

iTunes <-> Device

Transfer Music, Audio & Playlist:

PC <-> Device

Transfer Music, Audio & Playlist:

Device <-> Device

Intelligently Transfer to iTunes:Only Transfer What's Missing in iTunes
Playlists Are Exported from iTunes with the Original Smart Sorting Rules.
Support to Transfer Users' Data Information: Rating,Play Counts, Skip Counts.
Convert Unsupported Formats to be Supported Ones Automatically via Transfer.
No Need to Use iTunes to Transfer Files to iOS Devices.

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