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How to Transfer iPod Music to External Hard Drive or USB?

author 2014-05-20 posted by Gabriel Rutberg in Melbourne

You’re smart. You know that, sometimes, your electronic devices can get unexpectedly damaged or crash. So, you want to back up your music—the entire collection of your heart’s tunes—to an external hard drive or USB. Little did you know it would be a bona fide nightmare.

iPods don’t work like normal storage devices. It’s not possible to easily and immediately access individual music files and drag/drop or copy/paste those files onto a computer. Backing up your music can, in this way, be pretty challenging. If you’re an avid iTunes user, you may opt to back up your music to iTunes itself (they offer a cloud backup service for a couple-dozen dollars a year). But if you prefer to keep a solid copy of your files (and rightly so, given the speculation that cloud storage may not be a dependable backup method), you have only a couple of options.

First, you could jump through the hoops of ‘cracking’ the iPod and tricking it to operate like an external storage device. The steps are complicated, and this method is really only a good option for the rather computer-literate user. Additionally, you can’t transfer playlists and other song data with the music files. Make a wrong move, and you might actually cause damage to the files or lose the data altogether. So only take this route if you’re prepared to put in the time.

Second option is to use a third-party music transfer software. There are many out there, but KiwiG PhonTunes is a leader among them, with excellent features and capabilities, and is completely free. Moving music directly from an iPod to a USB or external HD is really easy with this software. Below, I’ll take you through the steps.

Step 1.Connect the storage device and the iPod to your computer and boot-up KiwiG PhonTunes. On the far right there will be two tabs: One for the iPod, one for the storage device. Click on the iPod tab.

Step 2.In the iPod music list, select any songs or playlists you want to back up.

Step 3.On the right above the music list, there’s an arrow icon. Click on the arrow icon, and in the window that appears make sure the storage device is selected as the destination.

Step 4.Click Start, and wait a few minutes while the music transfers directly to the USB or hard drive. Easy as that!

KiwiGeeker is not only a music transfer tool provider, but also prides itself on its backup and recovery software. With many years and in-depth research under our belt, we highly value effective and efficient backup. Don’t wait till it’s too late, keep your precious data safe! And, of course, enjoy your music listening!

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