How to Transfer Music From Computer to iPod

How to get music from your computer to your iPod music player.

Note: This tutorial has been updated for Apple iTunes11.

1. Download iTunes and install it.

2. Launch iTunes and you can drag and drop the song files or folders with the music files to the iTunes window. The music files will then be added to the iTunes library.

Dragging MP3 files to iTunes

3. Attach your iPod to the computer. You can then start dragging items to the right side of the window. The items on your iPod will expand on the right side as you are dragging songs where you can drop them.

If you have the sidebar enabled, you can do it the old fashioned way and drag items to the device listed on the left side. If nothing is happening when you drag songs, you may have to go to Summary and check the Manually manage music and videos box.

Dragging music to iPodNote: The first time you connect an iPod to a computer, it may ask you to setup the device with a name and a few other preferences.

4. Select the iPod button in the upper-right corner.

5. Select Sync button in the lower-right corner.

It can take a while for music files to sync. You can see the progress of the file transfer at the top of the iTunes screen. When you are done moving files to the iPod, you can eject it by pressing the eject icon next to the device on the left side.


  1. Zoe says

    I have moved the music to iTunes, sync-ed my iPod touch, but when I open the music file on there they have not appeared! Help please.

  2. Guus Schippers says

    How do I keep same sequence of video episodes when transferring from iTunes to iPod Classic?
    Have read many “solutions” but none work. I have 2 DVDs, one with 48 lessons, one with 12. The 48 one synched in the right sequence, the 12 one keeps sorting alphabetically within the 48 one, even though the album names are different. The sort order is by name and album. I have compared information for both item by item and the details are exactly the same. Still the 12 one refuses to sort by itself.

  3. wolf says

    just choose ”options” under manage library and set to ”manual” then open music folder and select all then copy to ipod music…i just did 450 songs…

  4. jordane m says

    What if you have all the music saved on a flashdrive? Do you need to download itunes in order to add more music to ur ipod?

  5. Vanessa says

    I have itunes on my computer and I have downloaded the free music download pro app, I have my music on there and I need to transfer it to my ipod touch… HELP!!! I cant get it to drag and drop into my music folder. Will you please give me a simple way to do this?

  6. Soumya says

    Hey..! when i connect my ipod to the computer it shows the pictures clicked from the camera in it , so how do i download songs?