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 are 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 is 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 it, the way on how to add songs to iPod using iTunes is also provided.

💡Method 🎗️Effectiveness 👌Difficulty
1️⃣free iPhone transfer software🔥 Effective - EaseUS MobiMover offers a free version to transfer data on/to iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Easy
2️⃣Cloud services Effective - Dropbox, Google Play Music, iCloud or other cloud-based storage services. Normal
3️⃣Download music on the device Less effective - You can download music on the device without migration or transfrrering. Easy
4️⃣iTunes Effective - a good idea to transfer the music that is purchased in the iTunes Store. Easy

Part 1. How to Put Music on iPod Without iTunes in 3 Ways

There are three ways you can use to put music on iPod without iTunes. You can transfer songs to iPod with a data transfer tool or you can directly transfer music to iPod via a USB or you can sync music to your iPhone via iCloud. Now check the following instructions to see how each way works to add music.

Method 1. Add Music to iPod Without iTunes for Free

With this free iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover🆓, you can put music on your iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPod Nano, and more (running iOS 8 and later) without iTunes. In addition, it also allows you to transfer music from iPod to iPod or another iOS device.

The data type it supports for transferring is broad, including but not limited to photos, contacts, videos, and messages. Unlike iTunes, which will erase the existing music file on your iPod, this program won't cause any data loss. So you can use it to transfer any kind of data without worries.

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.

how to transfer music from computer to iPad - step 1

Step 2. Browse to open the Music folder on your PC, select music files, and click "Open" to continue.

how to transfer music from computer to iPad - step 2

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.

how to transfer music from computer to iPad - step 3

Whether you want to put music from computer to iPod or transfer music from iPod to computer, EaseUS MobiMover will help. If you need to transfer other files from iPhone to Mac or PC, it's also possible with this tool.

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.

Method 2. Put Music on iPod with Cloud Services

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 the 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.

  • If you have installed Dropbox, open the program and click "Upload files" to select the songs you want to transfer to upload.
  • If you don't install Dropbox on your computer, go to and upload the items 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.

How to put music on iPod without iTunes

Method 3. Add Music to iPod Directly Without a Computer

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 putting songs on iPod.

Part 2. How to Put Music on iPod Using iTunes

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.)

How to put music on iPod using iTunes

You can also use iTunes to sync music to iPod via automatic sync mode.


The Bottom Line

These are the tips to add music files to an iPod. Conclusively:

  • EaseUS MobiMover helps to copy music and other media files to your iPhone/iPad/iPod from a Windows PC, Mac, or another iDevice.
  • Cloud Services work to sync files across your devices wirelessly.
  • Apple Music or the iTunes Store allows you to download music to your iPod directly on the device.
  • iTunes is a free and safe solution if you intend to transfer songs to a brand new iPod.

Carry out the way best suited to your needs to enrich your iPod music library with ease.

FAQs About Putting Music on iPod

Do you want to know how to download music to your iPod without a computer? Or do you want to know how to transfer music from YouTube to iPod? If you do, check the following FAQs to learn the answers.

1. How can I download music to my iPod without a computer?

It is easy to download music to your iPod without using a computer. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Open your iPod and go to the App store to download iFile Organizer.

Step 2. Then, go to iFile Organizer and tap web from the screen.

Step 3. Search for YouTube to MP3 from the search bar and select an online service from the result.

Step 4. Next, go to YouTube, search for the MP3 file you want, and tap the Share icon. Copy and paste the URL to the online converting service you find and tap Download.

Step 5. Then, the MP3 will be downloaded to your iPod.

2. How do you transfer music from YouTube to iPod?

There are TWO ways to transfer music from YouTube to iPod. You can directly convert a YouTube video to MP3 on your iPod using an online converting service (as shown in Question 1) or bulk download your favorite music with this video downloader - EaseUS Video Downloader and then transfer downloaded music from your computer to your iPod with one click.

3. How to transfer music from iPod to Windows Media Player without iTunes?

If no iTunes is available, you can use EaseUS MobiMover to help you transfer music between your iPod and Windows Media Player. The steps are similar to transferring music from iPod to a computer. After transferring, you can open the music via your Windows Media Player.

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Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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