How to copy songs and videos from your ipod to your pc without using iTunes

In order to reduce piracy apple has made the transfer of music and videos files from ipod >> pc and pc >> ipod through iTunes only

But sometimes using itunes seems very difficult as we got feed up of the interface and slow speed, so today i am going to shsre a new trick as a step by step procedure to copy songs and videos from your ipod to your computer without using iTunes.

Step By Step Procedure:

  • Insert or connect your ipod to the firewire or usb port.
  • If your pc doesn’t have the itunes installed skip this step.
  • Open the your ipod as a portable drive.
  • Go to Tools -> Folder Options -> View, and then enable the option “Show hidden files and folders.
  • Now you will see a new folder “ipod control” in the root directory of ipod open it then open music folder .
  • This Music folder contains the iPod’s music and videos, divided into folders.
  • Now Copy the library to local computer hard drive’s My Music folder
  • add the files to the media player and rename the files if you like.
  • that’s it , You are done.

If you have any problem in implementing the above procedure , leave a comment here we would love to get back to you.

Note: For those who are not be able to transfer music through the above defined procedure, so you can follow the alternative procedure given below shared by one of our reader named Jim W

go into iTunes and click on your iPod. That is where you will tell it whether to Enable Disk Use. Once you do that, Vista should be able to see it as a disk. then follow the above instructions to show hidden files and that should allow you to get those files.

Thanks Jim W

go into iTunes and click on your iPod. That is where you will tell it whether to Enable Disk Use. Once you do that, Vista should be able to see it as a disk. From there, follow the above instructions to show hidden files and that should allow you to get those files.

Comments

  1. Karen says

    I just bought a new computer. I was on an XP system and now I have Vista. If I go to the Computer menu, I do not see my Ipod show up as a device. If I open iTunes, I do see my iPod. Since I can’t click on my iPod as a device, I can’t copy the files. Any advice?

  2. tom says

    i have vista too, you have to go to the my computer on the vista menu and your ipod should be right there then just follow the directions

  3. Hanie says

    I had the EXACT SAME PROBLEM.
    and it’s solved! =D
    it’s quite silly and simple actually…
    after you enable disk use, you need to click the ‘apply’
    button on the right hand bottom corner of the itunes window…
    hehe! then it should show up.
    good luck =]

  4. nic says

    i have a problem i have vista and when i get to the ipod in the my computer there is no tools button to click on please halp

  5. rachel says

    THANKS SO MUCH! this really helped
    by the way, for those of you vista users, i had the same problem that i couldn’t find the tools button so what you have to do is right click the ipod folder and click “options” and it should give you the option of viewing the hidden folders

  6. Nat says

    I’m using Vista and my Ipod does show up in my computer but only as a digital camera, I’ve done the show hidden files bit but that doesn’t work, all there is when I open the device is a file called DCIM and it’s only got my downloaded photos on there like backgrounds etc, not even my personal photos are in there. Very confused as these are the same instructions on lots of sites and I’ve tried it a million times. Can you help?!!

  7. daniboy says

    those of you who have vista: go to
    -oraganize
    -folder options
    -view
    then look at the list a choose for yourself

  8. Jen. says

    Thank you so much… it worked! what about those who have multiple ipods and computers? good one Apple…

  9. jonathan says

    hey i did what you said and watched a video on it there was a couple people that put it on there desk top in a folder so i did the same but when i played the songs it sounded like a scratched cd skipping it’s really weird. Any advice?

  10. Leigh says

    I got a laptop yesterday which has Vista on it, and I CANNOT get my music from my iPod to my computer.
    I can’t even find where Hanie mentioned to click on Enable Disk Use, nor where I can even find my iPod except on iTunes itself.
    I managed to find what daniboy mentions, but even still, it’s not showing me my ipod on Computer; which I assume is the Vista version of ‘My Computer’.
    I think I may regret getting my new laptop, just for the fact Vista is complicated compaired to XP.
    I hope someone can help before I end up launching iPod and laptop through a window…

  11. Jim W. says

    Leigh, go into iTunes and click on your iPod. That is where you will tell it whether to Enable Disk Use. Once you do that, Vista should be able to see it as a disk. From there, follow the above instructions to show hidden files and that should allow you to get those files.

  12. Christelle says

    I have xp. I have this problem. And my problem is that when I open my itune I don’t see my iPod. My itune wouln’t reade my iPod. I don’t know what to do. That is the reason why I want to use some kind of a diffrent sofward to transfer music in my iPod. Can someone help me with this problem. I realy need help on this. Thank you.

  13. la la says

    I have a iPod Touch and use XP and when I plug in my iPod XP thinks its a camera and when I look for the folder it shows it as a camera how do I change that

  14. Mark says

    An easy way is to use an ipod to computer transfer program to help.I personally use AVCWare iPhone/iTouch/iPod to Computer/iTunes Transfer software.It helps me to transfer my songs/videos/photos from ipod to my computer directly even without iTunes.It works well for me.

    Free download it at: http://dvd-video-soft.com/ipodconverter/avcware-ipod-itouch-iphone-transfer.html

  15. Shatal says

    Hi Guys,

    You guys are all so helpful so I m hoping u can help me in transferring songs form computer to itunes
    ??

    I bought an iPod for my husband and he got his mate to put songs on first so whenever I went to put more songs on, it would say the message “can only sync to one iTunes library”. Anyhow I have followed internet steps that I saw on the net to transfer songs from ipod to computer but for some reason it will not copy into ITunes.

    I transferred all the songs…2000 from the iPod to my desktop in a folder and also in a folder under iPod control but when I go to add folder or file in itunes, I can select the folders but it adds nothing, also when I drag them from the folder to the library in iTunes, it comes up with the copy symbol but does not copy over.

    The only way I seem to be able to get them across is if I open the folder and double click on each individual song, then it opens to play in ITunes and seems to be there then. But surely I have done something wrong and there is an easier way then playing 2000 songs to transfer them across???

    Oh and prob helpful for you know that I have Visa premium.

  16. James says

    Works, but all the files come up with four-letter capital names, sorted apparently randomly into three folders. Is there any way to get it to give them their names?

  17. Transfer from ipod to computer says

    Thanks for teaching us how to copy songs and videos from your ipod to your pc without using iTunes. It does work.

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