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Full Tutorial to Add Music to iPod touch/Nano/Classic/Shuffle

Although Apple stops releasing new iPod devices, many people still prefer to listen to music with their iPod. To listen to your favorite songs, you first need to download music to iPod from your computer or other sources.

iTunes was designed as a music manager for iPod and now it has a lot of features, from transferring data to backup iOS devices. In another word, it is still available to help you download music to iPod. Of course, many users dislike iTunes. Therefore, we shared 3 ways to help you add music to iPod in this post.

Download Music to iPod

Part 1: How to Put Music to iPod via iTunes

You can use the USB cable to transfer iPod data to iTunes. In contrast, you can also transfer files from iTunes to iPod. When putting songs on iPod with iTunes, you need a USB cable and store the music to your hard drive.

Add to Library

Step 1: Open iTunes after you install it on your computer. If you already have it on your machine, update it to the latest version.

Step 2: Unfold the File menu, select Add to Library and add the music you want to transfer to iPod into iTunes library.

Step 3: Next, connect your iPod to your computer via a USB cable, and iTunes will detect your iPod automatically. (iTunes not recognizing iPod?)

If you have enabled auto-sync for music feature, the songs add to iTunes library will be synced to iPod automatically.

Step 4: To add music to iPod manually, head to the Music tab under the Library section. Then all music in your library will show up.


Step 5: Press Ctrl button on Windows or Command button on Mac, and select the desired songs. Then drag and drop them onto the Devices section on the left side.

Step 6: Wait for the process to finish, and then quit iTunes and disconnect your iPod. Now, you can find the new added music in Download Music tab of Music app.

Since Apple introduced serious copyright regulations into iTunes, only the unprotected music can be put to your iPod.

Part 2: Download Music to iPod from iTunes Store App

If you want to download music to iPod, iTunes Store is another source. This way requires your credit card and a good Wi-Fi connection. Moreover, once you purchase a song in iTunes Store on any device, you are allowed to download it to your iPod at any time.

How to Down Music to iPod from iTunes Store

iTunes Store

Step 1: Open the iTunes Store app from the home screen. Connect your iPod to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Tap the Search bar and enter the key word, such as name, artist, genre and more, to find the songs you want to listen to on iPod.

Step 3: Press the price button next to the desired song, and tap the Buy (Media) button. Follow the onscreen instructions to download the music to your iPod.

How to Download Purchased Music to iPod

Download Music

Step 1: To add the music purchased previously in iTunes Store to your iPod, go to the More tab from the bottom of iTunes Store app.

Step 2: Then head to Purchased > Music > Not on This iPod. Select the music and tap the Download icon to add the music to your iPod.

Purchased songs are deleted from iTunes Store? Restore iTunes purchases firstly.

Part 3: How to Transfer Any Music to iPod

Now, Apple has decided to stop iTunes partly because it is too plump. Moreover, iTunes may overwrite the current music on your iPod when syncing. It makes sense that many people search for an alternative to iTunes. Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer is one of the best alternatives to iTunes with extensive useful features.

  • Put music to iPod in a single click without iTunes.
  • Not interrupt existing music on your iPod while data transferring.
  • Convert music to proper audio formats during the process.
  • Work for a wide range of iPod, iPhone and iPad.
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In short, iPhone Transfer is the best option you can find to add music to iPod without losing quality.

How to Put Music to iPod without iTunes

Step 1: Get the best alternative to iTunes

iPhone Transfer is a desktop program, so you need to download and install it on your PC. There is another version for macOS 11.

Open it and hook up your iPod to your computer with a USB cable. The program will detect your iPod immediately.

Open Program

Step 2: Preview and manage music on your iPod

The Home interface will display the basic information of your iPod, including the Free Space. Before adding music to your iPod, make sure that your device has enough space.

(Not enough space on iPod? Just delete unwanted songs from iPod first.)

Go to the Music tab and select All Music on the left side to display all songs on your iPod. Check unwanted music and tap the Trash icon on the top of the window to free up space.

Add Files

Step 3: Put any music to iPod without quality loss

Next, click the Plus icon and select Add Files or Add Folder option. The latter is used to add all songs in a folder to your iPod in batch. Find the desired music in the open file dialog, select them and click open button to add them to your iPod immediately.

Note: The current supported audio formats for iPod touch are AAC, HE-AAC, ALAC, MP3, AIFF, and AA. If you use iTunes to download music to iPod, you have to convert your songs to supported formats first. iPhone Transfer is able to convert your music automatically while data transfer. So, it is a convenient way to put any music to your iPod. Another benefit is to keep current music on iPod safe. It is well-known that iTunes will overwrite your music with iTunes library.


According to a recent survey, iPod is still a popular music player among customers. Though iPhone and iPad have equipped the same features, the longer battery life makes it easy to listen to music on the road. Generally speaking, you have three ways to download music to iPod, iTunes, iTunes Store and third-party software, such as Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer. iTunes is still a good option to put your favorite music to your iPod if you do not mind the downsides.

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