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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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Transfer music from old iPod to my new iPod or iPhone


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 "Copy to iTunes" or "Copy to Music".
  4. Once you're happy that music from your old iPod or iOS device has been safely copied, use iTunes (or Finder on macOS Catalina or higher) to sync your updated music library to your new iPod or iOS device

If you are using a Mac or MacBook running macOS Catalina or higher, iTunes has been replaced with the Music app.

You can download the free trial of TouchCopy below, allowing you to try out the software.

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Watch our video for a step-by-step guide to how to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone:

Detailed Steps

Transferring music from iPhone to iPhone with TouchCopy
Accessing and copying iPod/iPhone music in TouchCopy

To transfer music from device to device, first use TouchCopy to copy your music and playlists from your old iPod, iPad or iPhone into iTunes/Music app. You can then sync your updated library with your new iPod, iPhone or iPad to transfer the music across.

1. How to transfer music from iPod/iPhone/iPad to iTunes or Music app

How to transfer music from ipod to itunes

2. Transfer music to new iPod with iTunes or Finder

When you are satisfied that all your media is safely saved to your music library, you can sync all that content with your new iPod/iPhone. This will replace any music already on your new iPod/iPhone with the music that you sync - so make sure all your music is in your music library before syncing to avoid data loss!

Transfer music using Windows PC or macOS 10.14 and lower:

How to sync music from iTunes to your new iPhone or iPod:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes if it does not open automatically.
  3. Click your device icon and click the music header.
  4. Tick the box to enable music syncing and choose to sync your entire library or only selected music.
  5. Click "Sync" to initiate the sync.
Transfer music to new iPad with iTunes sync

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

Transfer music using macOS 10.15 Catalina and higher:

  1. To do this, connect your iPod/iPhone to your Mac, then open Finder.
  2. Click your device from under the Locations header in the Finder window.
  3. Click the Music header, then check the box to "Sync music onto [your name]'s phone/iPod".
  4. Choose to sync your entire library from Mac, or only selected music.
  5. Hit "Apply" to initiate the sync.
Sync music to iPhone with macOS Catalina
Image credit: Apple

Having troubles syncing iPod with Finder? Don't worry, find out how to sync your device with Finder safely.

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