Keeping your music and playlists synced across different devices is usually a massive pain, particularly if you’re working with Apple music players that by default require the use of iTunes software for the task. iTunes does a great job keeping illegal sharing and copying of music to a minimum with their music transfer restrictions, but often this makes it difficult for us to get our music management jobs done in an efficient manner. We recently came across a music lover with just such a problem.
"I have an iPod Shuffle (for when I go running) and an iPod Touch (for daily use). My Shuffle is an old thing, I’d put it in a drawer years ago and just came across it again. It has a bunch of music from that earlier time—AMAZING, it’s like a time warp listening to it all again! But I wish I could move this music onto my Touch so I can enjoy it all the time, make playlists, select the songs I want to listen to, etc. How can I get this music off my Shuffle?"
Through iTunes, the only way to get music from one iPod to another is for the music to be in the iTunes library—the hub from which you can stock your devices. If an iPod is not listed as an authorized device in your account (in the above case, the owner had misplaced the iPod long enough that it was not listed), you can’t move music onto it without wiping the existing data and starting fresh. There are, however, third-party applications that can help you migrate your music without barrier.
KiwiG PhonTunes is one such piece of software. It’s completely free and totally safe for your computer, and can help you move your music to all kinds of devices, iPods and beyond. Below is a tutorial showing how to use PhonTunes to resolve our friend’s issue.
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