Transfer Music from iPod to an External Hard Drive

Aug 09,2019 • Filed to: Music Transfer • Proven solutions

Hi, Can anybody please tell me if it's possible to download music from my classic to an external hard drive and would copyright issues be involved perhaps stopping me downloading all the music? Most of the music is from my own CDs. Thanks.

Sometimes, you have the intention to transfer music on your iPod to the external hard drive for backup. Then, when you get a new computer, meet a computer crash or lose music on your iPod, you can get music back to the computer and the iPod in no time. To transfer music from iPod to hard drive, you need some help. Look here: dr.fone - Transfer (iOS). This program gives you the chance to transfer selected or all music on your iPod to external hard drive without effort.

I'll show you how to copy songs from iPod to external hard drive with dr.fone - Transfer (iOS) (for Windows users). Mac users can follow the similar steps to complete the music transfer.

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Now, install this program on your computer. Launch it to get the window like the screenshot shows below.

transfer music from ipod to external hard drive

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

Use a USB cables to connect both of your iPod and the external hard drive to the computer. dr.fone will recognize and show your iPod in the primary window at once. If your external hard drive is detected by your computer, you can find it on your computer.

transfer music from ipod to hard drive

Step 2. Transfer iPod music to external hard drive

Situation 1: Transfer all the iPod music to external hard drive

Select all the music, click "Export" > "Export to PC".

transfer music from ipod to hard drive

Then, find the external hard drive and click OK to transfer music to it.

transfer music from ipod to hard drive

Situation 2: Transfer part of the iPod music to external hard drive selectively

Or, try this way if you only want to part of music to external hard drive selectively. Click "Music" on the top. Usually, the music window shows up on the right. If not, click "Music" on the top line to get the music window. All songs on your iPod are displayed there. Select the songs you'd like to transfer. After that, right click to select "Export to PC".

After the pop-up window appears, find the external hard drive and choose a folder to save the iPod music. Then, this music transfer process begins. Be sure your iPod is connected before the process comes to an end.

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Apart from transferring music files, you can also transfer playlists to external hard drive. In the Playlist window, click "Playlist" to reveal all the playlists on the right panel. Likewise, select your wanted playlists and click "Export to PC". Browse your computer until you find the external hard drive. Then, transfer playlist to it.

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