Transfer music from a Mac formatted iPod to Windows PC

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My iPod/iPhone is formatted with the Mac file system, can I transfer my music from the iPod to the PC?

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Are you using an iPod Touch or an iPhone?

  • TouchCopy for PC will be able to detect your iPod and transfer your iPod content into iTunes or to your PC hard drive.

Are you using a standard, click-wheel iPod?

  • In this case, Windows cannot read the Mac file system format on these devices natively. When iTunes in Windows asks you to restore the iPod - it wants to format it using the PC file system format, at which point you'll lose your music.

The Mac, on the other hand, can read Windows PC formatted disk drives and so will work with either PC or Mac formatted iPods. Therefore, TouchCopy for Mac will work with either Mac or PC based iPods when running on a Mac.

If you still have access to a Mac, you can backup your music on the Mac using TouchCopy for Mac. Then you'll need to format your iPod to a PC. Then, please use iTunes on the Mac to reload your music back on your iPod. Finally, you can use TouchCopy for the PC to transfer your music from your iPod to your PC.

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Latest Comments

Thomas Sperandeo wrote...
I have an iPod loaded with music using Windows iTunes. I want to transfer the music to my Mac and ultimately iPhone which is formatted with Apple iTunes. Is this possible with Touchcopy?
Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Thomas Sperandeo I can confirm that if your iPod is Windows formatted, TouchCopy on Mac will be able to read and copy your music data from this device into iTunes on your Mac. You will then be able to sync this music to your iPhone using iTunes.
Julian J Rosales wrote...
How load the music to my pc computer?
Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Julian J Rosales If your iPod is Mac formatted, TouchCopy will be unable to copy your music from your iPod to your Windows PC. This is because Windows is unable to read the Mac formatted file system of classic iPods.
Melissa Junken wrote...
When first researching which software to purchase for helping me transfer all my music on my iPod to a new PC I'd bought after my Mac crashed, Touchcopy's sales page made it look like their software would work perfectly. There were no clear warnings about the software not working if my iPod had been formatted for/on a Mac (which ours was). Only after I shelled out the $30 to purchase Touchcopy, and found that it did not recognize my iPod, did I find out (after digging around on the "support" page) that Touchcopy wouldn't recognize my Mac-formatted iPod. So, I just wasted $30! Touchcopy needs to be up-front in warning customers that depending on their model of iPod, and if their iPod was formatted for a Mac, their software won't work.
Wide Angle Software wrote...
@Melissa Junken I am sorry to hear that this is the case. We provide a free demonstration version of all of our software (including TouchCopy) for the purpose of allowing users to evaluate the software and ensure that it will meet their requirements before committing to a purchase.

If you have purchased within the last 30-days, you will be covered by our 30-day refund policy. Simply contact our online helpdesk requesting a refund and one of our support team will be able to process the refund for you.
Alison wrote...
Tou=chCopy hangs while reading media from my iPod touch version 2.2
marie wrote...
Hi TouchCopy recognises my iphone but says there s no contact, no messages, nothing in my iphone !!
what can i do
thanls a lot
Wide Angle Software wrote...
@marie Please contact our technical support desk at the Helpdesk for assistance on resolving this problem.
Wide Angle Software wrote...
@marie Please contact our technical support desk at the Helpdesk for assistance on resolving this problem.
gee wrote...
my mac broke so I purchased a PC. my ipod is formatted for a mac. Can I copy the music without reformatting the Ipod so I don't lose the music. thanks.
Wide Angle Software wrote...
@gee Unfortunately we are not currently aware of any ways of being able to do this. If you have access to somewhere that has a mac then I would suggest copying over the files onto a USB stick and then importing the files into iTunes on your PC.
jessie wrote...
I have an ipod 4th gen and its broken and will not turn on, I have plugged it into a laptop but it will not connect, I desperately want to get my music onto the laptop how do I do it?
Wide Angle Software wrote...
@jessie Unfortunately TouchCopy will be unable to detect your device if iTunes is unable to detect your device either.
KevinO wrote...
Hi, I just purchased Touchcopy for PC and I am running into the problem that my Classic 160GB iPod cannot be seen by the software. I downloaded iTunes and installed it on the PC but it wants me to restore my iPod thus wiping all of my music from it!

I do own a Mac as well, does this mean I had to purchase Touchcopy for the Mac instead?
Wide Angle Software wrote...
@KevinO Yes you will need to purchase TouchCopy for Mac if you have a Mac formatted iPod and an Apple Mac computer than you can use to copy your music from your iPod to your Mac. After you have done this, you can re-formatted your device with the windows file format.