Applies To: iPod Touch, iPod Shuffle, and iPod Nano

Can I Transfer Music from One iPod to Another

As a music player, it's quite common for you to transfer music to or from an iPod. Previously, I have detailed all the workable ways to put music on iPod without iTunes from a computer to enrich the iPod music library. However, you may also need to transfer songs from iPod to iPod sometimes, especially when you get a new device.

But can you transfer music from one iPod to another? Actually, there is more than one solution for you to do it. Here I'd like to show you how to transfer music from one iPod to another with five proven ways.

🔍Method 😄Effectiveness ⭐Difficulty
iPhone Data Transfer Tool High - It enables you to transfer music from one iPod to another within a few clicks. (Cables are essential to connect your devices to a computer) Easy
iTunes Store Moderate - It is suitable for moving purchased music from iTunes, and the iPods are using the same Apple ID. Moderate
Apple Music High - For Apple Music subscribers, set up settings correctly, and you are able to sync songs from Apple Music to all devices wirelessly. Moderate

Dropbox

(Cloud Service)

High - Dropbox is available on iPod Touch and thus will help to copy songs from iPod to iPod without a computer. Easy
iTunes Moderate - If you transfer songs from one iPod to another using iTunes, you can only copy songs purchased from the iTunes Store. Difficult

Method 1. How to Transfer Music from iPod to iPod Without iTunes

Using iTunes to transfer music from one iPod to another is possible but not advisable since it's quite limited and indirect. That's why so many of you prefer to transfer music from iPod to iPod without iTunes. If you think the same, you will like the iOS data transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover Pro.

EaseUS MobiMover is an iOS content manager and a free video & audio downloader. With it, you will be able to:

  • Sync data from one iPhone/iPad/iPod to another
  • Transfer files from computer to iPhone/iPad/iPod or vice versa
  • Download videos from YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram... to computer or iDevice
  • Download music from SoundCloud, MySpace, and more to a computer or iDevice

Besides music, this tool also supports different types of content like photos, videos, contacts, messages, books, and more. Whether you transfer songs from your old iPod to your new iPod or copy photos from one iPhone to another, it will help.

To directly transfer music from iPod to iPod without iTunes:

Step 1.  Connect both your old iPod and the new iPod to your computer (Mac or PC) using USB cables. Afterward, launch EaseUS MobiMover, choose "Phone to Phone", and specify the target device and source device.

how to transfer songs from iPhone to iPhone/iPad - step 1

Step 2. Expand "Audio" and select "Music". Then select the songs you want to transfer from your old iPod to the new iPod.

how to transfer songs from iPhone to iPhone/iPad - step 2

Step 3. Click "Transfer" to start transferring music from iPod to iPod.

how to transfer songs from iPhone to iPhone/iPad - step 3

If you also want to know how to transfer iPod music to computer, using this tool is a solution. Moreover, as mentioned, it also allows you to transfer iPhone music to computer or download songs from iPhone to iPhone. If you need to sync music and playlists to or from your iDevice often, use this tool and you can get it done easily.

Method 2. How to Transfer Songs from One iPod to Another via the iTunes Store

Are the songs you want to move purchased from the iTunes Store? Are you using the same Apple ID on the two iPods? If that's the case, you can sync music from one iPod to another without iTunes or even a computer.

To copy music from one iPod to another:

Step 1. Go to the target iPod and sign in with the Apple ID you use on the source iPod via settings.

Step 2. Open the iTunes Store and click "More" > "Purchased."

Step 3. Select "Music" and click the "Not on This iPod" tab.

Step 4. Choose "All Songs" and tap "Download All" to download songs to your new iPod.

How to transfer songs from one iPod to another via iTunes Store

Method 3. How to Sync Music from iPod to iPod via Apple Music

If you are an Apple Music subscriber, it becomes much easier to transfer songs from your old iPod to the new iPod. That's because your music library will be synced to all your devices automatically as long as you set up the settings correctly.

However, similar to using the iTunes Store, you have to use the same Apple ID on the devices, and the songs you are going to copy should be from Apple Music, or you will fail to transfer songs from one iPod to another using this way.

To copy music from iPod to iPod via Apple Music:

Step 1. Make sure you have subscribed to Apple Music on the source iPod.

Step 2. On the target iPod, sign in to the device with the Apple ID you use to purchase the Apple Music subscription.

Step 3. Go to "Settings" > "Music" and toggle on "iCloud Music Library" or "Sync Library" on both your old iPod and new iPod.

Step 4. After the syncing process, you can go to check the songs in the Music app.

How to transfer music from one iPod to another using Apple Music

Method 4. How to Transfer Music from Old iPod to New iPod via Cloud Services

Some cloud-based storage services also support music transfer from one iPod to another. For example, Dropbox is available on iPod Touch and thus will help to copy songs from iPod to iPod without iTunes.

To transfer songs from one iPod to another:

Step 1. Install Dropbox on two iPods, and sign in with the same account.

Step 2. Open Dropbox on the source device, tap "Add Files," and select the songs you want to transfer. Then tap on "Upload."

Step 3. Open Dropbox on another iPod, and wait until the songs show up in the Dropbox folder. Then you can listen to or save music as you need to.

How to transfer music from iPod to iPod using Dropbox

Method 5. How to Transfer Music from iPod to iPod Using iTunes

If you transfer songs from one iPod to another using iTunes, you can only copy songs that are purchased from the iTunes Store. If there are songs downloaded from other sources, it won't help.

To share songs from one iPod to another using iTunes:

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer, either a Windows PC or Mac (in macOS Mojave and earlier).

Step 2. Connect your iPod devices to the computer and wait for iTunes to launch automatically.

Step 3. In iTunes, go to "File" > "Devices" > "Transfer Purchases from [your iPod's name]" to transfer the music files from iPod to iTunes library. When it's completed, disconnect your source device.

Step 4. Connect the target iPod to the computer and then open iTunes.

Step 5. Click "Songs" and choose the music you'd like to transfer to the iOS device.

Step 6. Right-click and choose "Add to Device", then click your device name to send the items to your iPod.

How to transfer music from iPod to iPod using iTunes

The Bottom Line

Among all the possible tips, EaseUS MobiMover is the most flexible and easiest way for you to transfer music from iPod to iPod. With it installed on your computer, you can freely manage your iPod files from the computer and transfer data to or from your device. For example, you can delete music on the iDevice from the computer, create a new playlist, or make a backup of your iDevice content on the computer.

In a word, it works well in many of the situations related to iOS data transfer. If you are an iDevice user, you will enjoy many conveniences by using this tool.

Transfer Songs from One iPod to Another FAQs

1. How do I transfer data from my old iPod touch to my new iPod touch?

You can use iTunes to transfer everything from the old iPod to the new one.

  • Download the latest iTunes on your computer, and launch it.
  • Connect your old iPod to your computer and choose Device > Summary > This Computer > Start Backup.
  • When the backup is ready, unplug the old iPod and connect the new one to your computer.
  • Go to Summary > Restore Backup. Choose the latest backup file and click Restore. Then, all the data will be transferred to the new iPod.

2. How do I transfer files from my iPod without iTunes?

You can transfer data between iPod touch and Mac with AirDrop.

  • Open the item you want to share with your Mac and tap on the share icon. Choose AirDrop from the sharing options.
  • Select the profile picture of a nearby AirDrop user.
  • On the target Mac, receive the shared file.

3. Can I add songs to my iPod without deleting the old ones?

When you connect your iPod to your computer and launch iTunes, it will ask you whether to sync the device to this computer. However, if you sync your iPod with iTunes on a different computer, your existing music will be deleted. Therefore, backing up your iPod before iTunes syncing is essential to prevent data loss.

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Myra

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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