3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 4, 2009 1:40 AM by Jeff Bryan
Shantzor Level 1 (0 points)
I hope this is in the right section!
So right now I have a PC and an iPod but may soon be making the leap and getting a Mac. My question is can I get my songs of my Windows formatted iPod onto a Mac using a third party software (or manually going through files I just prefer to use a software). Thanks.

Windows Vista
  • roaminggnome Level 10 (94,465 points)
    Why not just use your back up to move the library over?

    The Apple Store will move the files for you, if you ask.
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (30,460 points)
    It would be better to transfer the music from the original source on the PC to the Mac, instead of relying on the iPod and third-party software. If you have been syncing your PC's iTunes library to your iPod, so that everything on the iPod is on your PC, you can use this method, "How to use your iPod to move your music to a new computer," published by Apple


    Although you are going from Windows PC to Mac, it should still work because Macs can read the Windows format. It would not work the other way because Window PCs cannot read the Mac format.

    It may seem long and complicated, but here's a summary.

    Make sure all of your music on the PC is located in one folder. Copy that folder to the iPod (using it as an external hard drive). Connect the iPod to the new Mac and copy off that folder to the location where iTunes on the Mac expects to see it. Run iTunes and sync your iPod to the Mac's iTunes library, which should now look like your iTunes library on the PC. That's it... The rest of the text tells you how to do it.

    You can use an external hard drive instead of the iPod. If you know how to set up a network between the Mac and PC using an Ethernet cable (or wireless), you can transfer that folder with all of your music over the network to the Mac. The key action is to transfer that folder.
  • Jeff Bryan Level 9 (61,790 points)
    My question is can I get my songs of my Windows formatted iPod onto a Mac using a third party software

    If you wish to do it this way, you can.

    Be very careful when connecting an iPod full of music to an empty iTunes library.There is very real risk of permanently losing all the music.

    To prevent auto sync, before you connect the iPod go to iTunes/preferences and select "devices", then select "disable automatic syncing for iPhones and iPods".

    An alternative method is to connect the iPod whilst holding down the 'Command + Option' keys and do not let them go until your iPod appears in iTunes.

    If you see a message that your iPod is associated with a different library and asks if you want to link to a new one, make sure you press "Cancel".

    If you should click on "Erase and Sync" will erase all the content currently on your iPod and it will be replaced with the content of the iTunes library you just connected to.

    When you've pressed cancel your iPod should appear in the iTunes source list under "devices" and allow you to change the update setting to manage the iPod content manually, and that will let you use your iPod for the time being without the risk of accidentally erasing the contents.

    Then do any of the following to transfer your music from iPod back to the computer/iTunes.

    Try iPodDisk.

    Similar programs are Expod, Yamipod, Senuti and Music Rescue.

    If you want to retrieve playlists, iPodRip has the feature enabling you to reconstruct them.

    Any of these should work with a Windows formatted iPod because Macs can read and write to FAT32 formatted drives.

    iPodRip also works with Windows formatted iPods.