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How to Transfer Music from iPod to USB Flash Drive

By Tony Moton

June 24, 2019

"I have several songs in my iPod touch 5 but not on my iTunes. I want to transfer these songs from my iPod to my flash drive for backup and for further use. What can I do?"

USB flash drive is kind of a data storage device that includes flash memory with an integrated USB interface. It is typically rewritable, removable, and much smaller in size than an optical disc. Many users take use of USB flash drives to store or carry files, music tracks for example. To sync songs from iPod Touch 5 to USB flash drive, you can refer to the given steps offered by this guide.


Method 1. Transfer Music from iPod to USB with TuneFab WeTrans

TuneFab WeTrans is a program especially designed for iOS music transfer. With this software, you can transfer songs from phone to phone and from device to PC. It is a straight-through carrier that can copy songs from iPod to USB flash drive at high-speed. You don't need to worry about any data loss, data damage, or data erasing during the transfer process. So, this tool should be your first choice for music transfer.

Step 1. Download and Install TuneFab WeTrans on PC

To start with, click the download button above to download the full installation package from our shop. When download is finished, install the program in your computer. Please note that only Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP (32 & 64bits) are supported.

Step 2. Run and Register TuneFab WeTrans

Launch TuneFab WeTrans. Then register with the registration code. This step is optional but recommended as it lets you access more features and brings your better using experience.

Step 3. Connect iPod and USB Flash Drive to PC

In this step, you need to connect your iPod and USB Flash Drive to the computer with USB cables. Supported iPods include iPod touch 5 and iPod touch 4.

Main Interface

Step 4. Select Your iPod

On the center of the main interface, there is a device list. Drop down the list, and select your USB flash drive, to which the songs will be transferred.

Choose iPod

Step 5. Select Music to Transfer

The left pane of the main interface has listed all supported file types. To copy songs from iPod to USB flash drive, you need to choose "Music". Then the program will load music files from your iPod. After loading, you can choose music playlists. Then click the iPhone-shaped icon and select your USB flash drives to receive music files.

Select iPod Music to Transfer

Step 6. Transfer Songs from iPod Touch 5/4 to USB Flash Drive

Once you click the iPhone-shaped button, you can view the transfer progress. Please wait for a little while. Once transfer is finished, you can unplug the iPod and USB flash drive.

Method 2. Transfer Songs from iPod to USB Flash Drive with iTunes

Step 1. Connect USB Flash Drive

Connect your USB flash drive to your computer. Make sure that the USB flash drive has enough space for the music you want to transfer.

Step 2. Disable the Automatic Syncing Option in iTunes

First of all, install and run iTunes in your computer. Then navigate to "Edit" > "Preference" > "Devices". In the "Devices Preferences" page, check "Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically". Then click "OK" to confirm your choice. This will prevent your iPod from being synced automatically.

Check Prevent Auto-Sync Policy

Step 3. Connect iPod to Your PC

After checking the policy to prevent auto syncing, you can connect your iPod to your computer with the iPod that came with it.

Step 4. Show Hidden Files and Folders in iPod

In your computer, open "My Computer". Then you will see your iPod displayed as a removable disk. Click Tools > Folder option > Show hidden files and folders on the ribbon and click "OK". Open "iPod-Control" folder in the removable disk and find the music folder. Add the folder to your iTunes Library.

Step 5. Copy Music Files From iPod

When you click to open your iPod from "My Computer" window, you will see the folder which is named "iPod_Control", where all the music is stored. Then you can copy and paste the music files to the USB flash drive which has been connected to your computer.

Still on the fence? To conclude, steps of method 1 is much easier than that of method 2. That's because TuneFab WeTrans is a one-stop solution for transfer. With this program, you just need to plug devices into the PC, select items to copy, and then start transfer. If you transfer data with step 2, you need to install iTunes, which is more cumbersome than TuneFab WeTrans. Moreover, method 2 is only available for iPod, but not iPhone and iPad, whereas method 1 is available for iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

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