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Three proven ways for you to add music to your iPod without iTunes. (Applies to: iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle)
Although Apple iPod is less popular nowadays than during its peak period, it's still the choice of many users, including you who is reading this guide, to enjoy music due to its high-quality music playback and easy portability.
Before you listen to music with the handy iPod, the first thing you need to do it to put the songs you like on the iOS device, either from a computer, from another iPhone/iPad/iPod, or from the device directly. Given that, here I will show you three common ways to put music on iPod without iTunes. In case you need, the way on how to add songs to iPod using iTunes is also provided.
Whether you prefer to transfer music to your iPod using a USB cable or copy MP3 files to your iOS device wirelessly, you will find the solution from the details below.
With the free iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover, you are able to put music on your iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPod Nano, and more (running iOS 8 and later) without iTunes for free.
It enables you to add music to iPod from a computer or another iDevice directly using a USB cable and will help you in many other data transfer situations since it supports photos, videos, music, audiobooks, contacts, messages, and more.
Here is how to put music on iPod without iTunes:
Step 1. Connect your iPod to the computer and run EaseUS MobiMover > Allow this program to access your iPod by clicking "Allow" on the program and "Trust" on your iDevice > At the "PC to Phone" section, click "Select Files" and move to the next step.
Step 2. Browse to open the Music folder on your PC, select music files, and click "Open" to continue.
Step 3. Check the selected Music items and click "Transfer" to start the transferring process. You can also drag and drop new items to this window and add more files before the transferring. Once it completes, you can open the Music app on your iPod to check the transferred files.
Whether you want to put music from computer to iPod or transfer music from iPod to computer, EaseUS MobiMover will help.
The iPhone transfer tool also works well as a free video downloader which allows you to download Twitch clips or save a video from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and many other sites to your computer or iDevice.
Cloud-based file-sharing services like Dropbox and Google Play Music also do a great job to get music onto your iPod, be it from a computer or other devices. Generally speaking, such services provide free space for you. As long as your files are within the limit, you are able to put music on your iPod without iTunes wirelessly for free.
To use such utilities to add songs to your iPod successfully, make sure there is enough storage to save the MP3 files and you use the same account on both the source device and the target device, namely your iPod here in this case. Afterward, follow the steps below to put music on iPod without iTunes for free.
To transfer music to iPod (from computer) with Dropbox:
Step 1. Make sure you have installed Dropbox on your computer and iPod Touch (at least on iPod).
Step 2. Sign in to Dropbox with the same account.
Step 3. Upload music from computer to Dropbox.
Step 4. On your iPod, open the Dropbox app and you will see the songs from your computer. You can access these files directly from the cloud or download music to your iPod according to your needs.
The most convenient solution to put music on iPod directly is to download music from Apple Music or the iTunes Store to the device. Unlike using EaseUS MobiMover or a cloud service, you need to subscribe to Apple Music or buy the songs or albums to get the music onto the iPod. Paid but convenient, using Apple Music or the iTunes Store allows you to put music on iPod even without a computer.
For the detailed steps to download music to iPod from Apple Music or the iTunes Store, you can refer to the guide on how to download music on iPhone. The steps are also applicable to put songs to iPod.
The main reason why many users are not willing to transfer music to iPod with iTunes is that iTunes will cause data loss on the iOS device by syncing. However, if you have a brand new iPod, you have no such worry and you can use iTunes to add music to your iPod for free by automatic syncing or drag-and-drop.
To add music from iTunes to iPod manually:
Step 1. Connect the iOS device to your computer and wait for iTunes to run automatically.
Step 2. In iTunes, click the device icon and select "Settings" > "Summary" from the left side.
Step 3. Scroll down to the "Options" section, check "Manually manage music and videos", then click the "Apply" button.
Step 4. Go to "Devices" > "Music". Open the folder that contains the songs, select the music files you want to import, then drag and drop them to the left panel or to the center of the window. (You can also drag and drop songs from iTunes library to your device.)
You can also use iTunes to sync music to iPod via automatic sync mode.
These are the tips to add music files to an iPod. Conclusively:
Carry out the way best suited to your needs to enrich your iPod music library with ease.
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