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How to transfer music from iPod to iPhone - 4 easy ways

If you are worrying about how to transfer songs from iPod to iPhone, then this guide will introduce 4 effective ways to let you enjoy iPod music on iPhone as you wish.

Aileena Ivy Updated on Jul 12, 2023 8:59 PM

There are several available ways for you to copy music from your old iPod to new iPhone.

As a portable music player, iPod was once the irreplaceable mobile music device in many people's minds. But with the popularity and versatility of iPhone, many users want to transfer music from old iPod to new iPhone to enjoy music anywhere, anytime. In any case, transferring songs from iPod to iPhone can realize the advantages of integrating music into one device, upgrading the music experience, and providing portability and flexibility.

In this tutorial, we will cover various practical ways on how to transfer music from iPod to your iPhone. Among them, with the help of an all-in-one transfer tool, iPhone Data Transfer, you can transfer iPod's music library to iPhone without sound quality damage and vice versa.

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Sync music from iPod to iPhone with iTunes

It is well known that enjoying music on an iPod is closely tied to the cooperation of iTunes. Likewise, if you want to transfer music from an iPod to new iPhone, you'll need to begin by transferring the iPod's music to iTunes, and then sync music from iTunes to your iPhone.


  • Transferring music from iPod to iTunes can only move music purchased from the iTunes Store, that is to say, this method is only suitable for iPod models that can use the iTunes Store, such as iPod touch series.

For more information on using iTunes to transfer music, you can see How to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone.

Transfer music from iPod to iTunes

1. Update iTunes to the latest version. You can head to Help > Check for Updates to check if iTunes is up-to-date.

Tip: If you are using macOS Catalina or later, you can do this task with the help of Finder.

2. Connect your iPod to your computer using the USB cable and launch iTunes.

3. Navigate to the top left corner of File > Devices, then select "Transfer Purchases from iPod."

4. Wait for the iPod songs to be transferred to iTunes library and then disconnect from the computer.

Sync music from iTunes to iPhone

1. Plug your unlocked iPhone into computer and enter the passcode to trust the computer.

2. Click the device icon at the top left of iTunes.

3. Select Music tab in the sidebar and check "Sync Music." If there is a pop-up alert, click "Remove and Sync" to continue.

4. Pick the songs to add to your iPhone. Choose "Entire music library" or "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres" as desired.

5. Hit "Apply" in the bottom right corner to start syncing songs.

If you failed to transfer music to iPhone with iTunes, check the solution here.


  • After syncing, your iPhone's original music library will be completely replaced by the transferred iPod songs. To avoid losing some songs on your iPhone, you can back up your iPhone songs before initiating the sync.

Transfer music from an iPod to your iPhone without iTunes

If you want to directly transfer songs from iPod to an iPhone without using iTunes, you can give iPhone Data Transfer a shot, a wonderful file transfer and management software. It not only allows you to transfer your music library from iPod Touch 7, 6, 5 to iPhone with no loss of sound quality in one click, but also won't replace the music originally existed on your iPhone.

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Besides music, you can also use iPhone Data Transfer to transfer photos, videos or other files from iPod to iOS devices, from iPhone to iPhone, or from iPhone to computer.

Key features:

  • Provides real-time transfer preview
  • Supports file transfer between iPod and iPhone, iOS devices, iOS devices and computers
  • Detects and converts music formats that are not compatible with the device
  • Manages and views information about music files, including artist, genre, playlist, etc.
  • Has a duplicate song checking function

Here's how to transfer music from an iPod to an iPhone without iTunes:

1. Launch iPhone Data Transfer on your desktop, and connect your iPod and iPhone to computer using two data cables. Once connected, the homepage will show basic information about your device. To add music from iPod to iPhone, locate the drop-down menu just above the home page and make sure iPod is selected as the source device.

2. Click the "Music" tab on the left sidebar. The music in the iPod will be categorized and displayed in the window.

3. Select songs to import to iPhone. Pick your songs or check the small box next to Type to select all songs, then click the "iPhone icon" at the top of the window and select your iPhone as the target device. The import process will start automatically.

Once the process is over, you can listen the iPod songs you've added on your iPhone. But if you want to save or share some great tracks on your Windows 10, you can utilize Screen Recorder to record MP3 files on your Windows 10, then save them on your computer or send them to your iPhone using iPhone Data Transfer.

Move iPod music to iPhone via streaming service

As a iPhone music streaming app provided by Apple, Apple Music syncs your music purchases across devices you use with the same Apple ID. If you have an iPod touch 5 or later with an Apple Music subscription, you can download iPod's playlists to your iPhone.

1. Use the same Apple ID to log into Apple Music on your iPhone and iPod touch.

2. In iPod touch, go to Settings > Music and enable "Sync Library."

3. Repeat step 2 on your iPhone to turn on "Sync Library."

4. Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone, find the playlist synced from iPod touch, and download the songs to your iPhone.

Share songs from iPod to iPhone without needing computer

For iPod touch (5th generation) or later, your iPod touch comes with Apple's wireless transfer feature, AirDrop. As long as AirDrop is enabled on both your iPod touch and iPhone, you can share music from your iPod to your iPhone directly. Follow the steps to learn how to transfer music from your iPod to your iPhone without computer:

1. Enable AirDrop, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on the Control Center of your iPod touch and iPhone. And select "Everyone" as the setting for AirDrop.

2. Open music app (Apple Music) on iPod touch and select the song you want to send.

3. Tap the "AirDrop" icon and select your iPhone. Or tap the three dots icon, then "Share Song," and then "AirDrop," select the target iPhone to start sharing the song.

4. Tap "Accept" in the pop-up box on your iPhone to receive the song.

This method is only suitable for small amount of music files transfer needs and takes a long time, so it is not the ideal method for transferring music files from iPod to iPhone. To transfer a lot of music to iPhone quickly, Appgeeker iPhone data transfer will never let you down!

Actually, transferring videos works similarly to transferring music, here's our detailed walkthrough on how to transfer videos from PC to iPhone.

Bonus: How to sync music library from computer to iPod

If you're a nostalgic person and stick with your iPod, you can add your favorite songs to your iTunes library, and then sync the songs to your iPod for offline listening.

1. Plug your iPod into your computer's USB port and run iTunes.

2. Select File > Add File to Library / Add Folder to Library in the top left of iTunes. Select your music files and add them to your iTunes music library from your computer.

3. Navigate to the device icon in the upper left, then select "Music" and check the box next to "Sync Music."

4. Select "Entire music library" to sync all music files in iTunes. Or select only the playlists, artists or albums you need.

5. Click "Apply" in the bottom right to export songs from your computer to your iPod.

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