Is it possible to copy music from an external hard drive onto an iPod? I have an external drive with a lot of music that I've deleted off my laptop to free up space and now I want to put it onto new iPod. There isn't enough space on my laptop hard drive to put the music back into the laptop, so is there a way to transfer from hard drive to the iPod? Thank you.
The answer is YES. You don't have to sync iPod with iTunes, which lets you lose all the old songs on the iPod. Instead, you can transfer music from external hard drive to iPod in batch and keep the old songs on it at the same time. To realize it, you need to get a third-party tool for help. Wondershare TunesGo - iOS Transfer (Windows and Mac) is a good option. In this article, I'll show you how you make it.
Download this program on your PC. Choose the right version.
Note: The Mac version named Wondershare TunesGo (Mac) supports iPod touch 4 and iPod touch 5 running iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7, iOS 8 and iOS 9. With the Windows version, you can copy music from external hard drive to more iPod models, say, iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod classic and iPod touch. Here comes more info about supported iPod models.
What You Will Need
Both Windows and Mac version work well. In this article, I'm going to focus on the Windows version. Mac users can follow the similar steps to get things done.
To begin with, run TunesGo after installing it on the PC. Connect the iPod and the external hard drive to the PC with the digital USB cables. When your iPod is detected, this program will bring up the main window on which the iPod is shown.
Click "Music", you will find "+Add" button, click On the left side it is the iPod's directory tree. Click "Media" to show the music window. Click "Music" when the music window isn't shown. Then, click "+Add" button > "Add File" or "Add Folder".
When this program detects that the music format can't be compatible with iPod optimized format, it will help you convert it automatically.
After that, to browser the music in hard drive and select the songs you want to import to iPod. Click "Open" to start the transfer.
Of course, you can also move playlists from iPod to external hard drive. Come back to the left column and click "Playlist". Select your desired playlists. Click "Export". Navigate to the external hard drive and move playlists to it.
Note: At this moment, the Mac version doesn't support moving playlists from external hard drive to iPod as the Windows version does.
Download TunesGo to copy music from external hard drive to iPod.