Copy iPod and iPhone Music to your PC or Mac

This article guides you in how to transfer music, videos, playlists, podcasts and ringtones from your iPod, iPhone or iPad to your PC or Mac hard drive.

Check out our next page if you would prefer to transfer music and other files in your device Library directly into iTunes or the Music app on macOS.

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How to copy music to computer from your iPhone, iPod or iPad

Quick Guide:

Step 1: Download and install TouchCopy.

Step 2: Run TouchCopy and connect your iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

Step 3: Click on Music in TouchCopy and select the songs you wish to copy.

Step 4: Hit "Copy to PC/Mac" and choose the folder where you wish to save your music.

Copy Music from iPhone to Computer

For more information and detailed steps, please see below.

Selecting and copying your music

TouchCopy can copy all your iPod, iPad and iPhone songs and videos stored in your device's Music library. All music formats that your device is capable of playing, including MP3, AAC, WAV, WMV and MP4 are supported. TouchCopy does not perform any file conversion on your songs or videos. Note that TouchCopy will copy songs that are stored locally on your device. If your music is stored on iCloud, please first download it to your device before copying.

TouchCopy also copies any attached metadata like Play Counts, Comments and Ratings. Please see our article for a full list of the track information TouchCopy can copy.

  • Copy all tracks: To quickly copy all your songs on your device, click the Copy to PC or Copy to Mac button in TouchCopy without selecting any music. TouchCopy for PC users can also copy all their songs, video and playlists, by using the Backup All button in TouchCopy.
  • Copy selected tracks: You can also copy selections of music. Select the audio or video you wish to copy by Shift-clicking multiple items, or browse and search your iPod or iOS device content using TouchCopy.

Once you have selected the items you wish to copy, press the "Copy to PC" or "Copy to Mac" button in the TouchCopy Control Bar to copy music from your device to your computer.

You can then select where on your computer you would like to copy your selected content. You can even copy your music to an external hard drive to save space on your computer!

By default, TouchCopy will save your music in artist / album subfolders and name the music files as:
<track number> - <track title>.

You can change the default save location, directory structure and file name format using TouchCopy options.

Copy Status

As each track is copied onto your hard drive an icon next to that track indicates whether the copy was successful or not. The icons used are green check for success and red cross for failure.

As a track is successfully copied, TouchCopy will mark the track on your device as copied. Whenever you connect your device to TouchCopy - TouchCopy will detect the music you have previously successfully copied. See "Copy History" for more information.

Successfully copied tracks will also show in the "Items Copied" report. See Reports for further details.

Copying Playlists to your computer hard drive

To copy a playlist to your computer hard drive select a playlist and click on "Copy to PC" or the "Copy to Mac" button.

Music in the playlists will be saved to your computer in the folders and file name format you have specified in Options/Preferences.

For Playlists, TouchCopy also produces an XML file named after the Playlist you are copying. This XML file contains information about the tracks and track order of the Playlist. The XML file can be used to import the playlist into iTunes or the Music app.

Copy iPhone playlists to PC

If copying songs displayed as a result of an TouchCopy search, you have the option to save the songs as a playlist with the same name of the search text. To do so, check the box "Save Music search result as a playlist" in TouchCopy Options > Music (PC only).

Adding copied Music or Playlists into iTunes or Music app

You can add the music you just copied into your music library. In iTunes (or the Music app on macOS Catalina or higher), select File->Add folder To Library... from the menu. Select the folder you just saved your music to and click OK.

In a similar way you can add playlists to your music library too. In iTunes/Music, select File -> Library->Import Playlist... Select the XML file saved by TouchCopy with the same name as the playlist you require and click Open.

Note that you can also transfer music and playlists directly into your music library. See how to copy iPod and iPhone Music directly into iTunes/Music.

If you used TouchCopy to backup your music and other content in your device library, you can also restore your iTunes library from a backup made by TouchCopy.

Transfer iPhone Ringtones to PC

Access your iPhone's ringtones by clicking the "Ringtones" header in TouchCopy's Music section.

To copy the ringtones to your computer, simply select the tones you wish to transfer, and hit "Copy to PC".

Check out our complete guide to iPhone ringtones for more information about how to create new ringtones, and how to transfer ringtones between devices.

Copy iPhone ringtones to PC

Save Podcasts from iPhone to PC

As the Podcast format continues to grow in popularity, you may find yourself with many shows and episodes saved on your iPhone. To access these shows, click the "Podcasts" header in TouchCopy's Music section.

Select the Podcast episodes you wish to copy to your computer, then click "Copy to PC".

Copy iPhone podcasts to PC

Since Podcast episodes can be large files, once stored safely on your computer, you may want to consider deleting the podcast episodes from your iPhone to create more space!

Publisher: Wide Angle Software