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How do I transfer music from old iPod or iOS device to my new iPod or iPhone?

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To transfer music from your old iPod to your new iPod or iOS device, follow these steps...

  1. Download and install TouchCopy.
  2. Connect your old iPod, iPhone or iPad to your computer via the USB cable.
  3. Click "Backup" and then select to "Backup Content into iTunes".
  4. Using iTunes, sync your updated iTunes library to your new iPod or iOS device.

You can download the free demo of TouchCopy below, allowing you to transfer up to 100 tracks, FREE!

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Detailed Steps

Transfer music from old iPod to new iPod, iPhone or iPad

To transfer music from iPod to iPod, first use TouchCopy to copy music, videos and other content from your old iPod, iPad or iPhone into iTunes. The screenshot below shows how TouchCopy displays music on the device you're trying to transfer it from...

From here, you can either use:

  • Backup All: Copy all Music, Video, TV Shows, Podcasts and Playlists from your device to iTunes.
  • Copy to iTunes: Transfer all of your Music from your device to iTunes
Transfer music from old iPod to new iPod, iPhone or iPad

When you are satisfied that all your media is safely in iTunes, use iTunes itself to sync all that content with your new iPod/iPhone. This will load your new device with the content of your old device and let you add any new iTunes downloaded content to it.

For detailed steps on how to sync your updated iTunes library with your device, please check out Apple's support article.

Having troubles syncing iPod with iTunes? Please visit our support article, which will walk you through how to sync your device with iTunes safely.

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Latest Comments

Danielle wrote...
How long will it take for touch copy to find my iPod? I've been waiting about 20 minutes and no result yet. I do have this little message:
"TouchCopy could not load the required iTunes information. TouchCopy will not detect iPhone, iPod touch or iPad without the correct version of iTunes being installed." this message was there before I even plugged my device in via USB.
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Danielle Please ensure that you have iTunes installed on your computer. We recommend installing the latest version if you have not already. TouchCopy requires iTunes to be installed in order to be able to detect your device.
dennis wrote...
Will this transfer all the songs from ipod to ipod including those not purchased from iTunes?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@dennis TouchCopy will allow you to copy all of the tracks on your iPod to iTunes on your PC or Mac, including those not purchased from iTunes. iTunes can then be used to sync the tracks to your other iPod devices.
Keith wrote...
When I download music from my iPod to iTunes, will it download the songs that are already on iTunes so that i will end up with double songs in iTunes?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Keith TouchCopy will produce a report labelled Not in iTunes. If you select this, TouchCopy will only display the music that is on your iPod and not currently in iTunes on your computer. If you click Copy To iTunes whilst viewing this report, TouchCopy will only copy these items.

If you attempt to copy a song that is already in iTunes, a duplicate should not be made but the existing track may be updated based on the info on the iPod.
Austin Taylor wrote...
This software is fantastic, and exactly what I needed. Quality product!
Liam wrote...
Can you help please, I backed up my ipod nano 7th gen music to my pc only. My ipod was water damaged beyond repair and I now have a new ipod. How do I restore my original music to my new Ipod.
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Liam To restore your backed up music, you will firstly need to import your music into iTunes. Once in iTunes, you can then use the standard iTunes sync process to transfer your music to your new iPod.
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@tom hammer You will need to sync the new music to your device in iTunes. Please check you have iTunes set to include these new files in the sync music option tab. You might have it currently set to manual.
tom hammer wrote...
I downloaded music from the ipod, using your software, to iTunes,. All good. But I purchased music and the new music won't go from iTunes to ipod. What am I doing wrong???
Tom wrote...
I have 2 I-Pods. My old one was sync'd to an older windows computer that has since gone bad and I replaced with a new Macbook. I also got a new I-Pod that I have sync'd with the new Mac computer. Can I use your program to download my music from my old I-Pod onto my new Mac and then load them onto my new I-Pod?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Tom You can check if TouchCopy is able to detect and copy over the contents of your old iPod by trying out our free demo version here: https://www.wideanglesoftware.com/touchcopy/download.php When you have copied items into iTunes you will then need to sync your new music library with your new iPod.
mark g wrote...
old I-pod library dated 2008. will TouchCopy convert library format to new I-Pod shuffle format?????
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@mark g You can copy your Music from your 2008 iPod into iTunes by using TouchCopy, and then sync your updated iTunes library to your iPod Shuffle. The copied files will be displayed correctly in both iTunes and your new iPod Shuffle.
Garrett wrote...
Once I installed TouchCopy12, I plugged in my old iPod and selected \"transfer to iTunes\". Once it was finished, I plugged in my new iPhone and tried to transfer some of the music that had been transferred from my old iPod, but it would not let me. Do I need to select the \"Backup\" function on TouchCopy to make old music compatible with new devices?
Thanks for the help!
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Garrett You cannot use TouchCopy to copy anything from your PC to a new device, as this functionality is already supported by iTunes. You will simply need to connect your new to your PC/Mac and re-sync your iTunes library with it. If you are having trouble doing so, the following support article may be able to assist you further... My iPod cannot sync with iTunes after using TouchCopy