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3 easy tips and tricks for transferring iPod music to iPhone

Your iPod is a great music player, but now for convenience you may want to listen to music on your iPhone. Here's how to transfer your iPod music to iPhone.

Robin Swift Updated on Jun 20, 2023 5:58 PM

Key Points

  • As an iPod user, you may want to transfer music from your old iPod to iPhone which is a more convenient option to listen to music.
  • With digging deeper, you will find quite a few ways to transfer music from your old iPod to your iPhone.
  • Transferring music over a third-party program called iPhone Data Transfer is easier and more efficient than you might think using iTunes or other tools.

With the tricks in this post, transferring music from iPod to iPhone can be very easy and quick.

Not so long ago, we listened to music on the go with a MP3 music player. Among them, a gadget dubbed iPod is most supported by music geeks because of its nice hardware and ample features. However, with the debuting and the upgrading of iPhone year by year, more and more iPod fanatics of the past tend to listen to music on their iPhones.

To listen to the iPod songs on iPhone, you will need to add them to your iPhone. However, things don't always work the way we want. You may find it that it's not always as easy as you think to transfer music from your iPod to iPhone. If you're facing with the same problem, this post will not disappoint you.

Here are our easy tips which allow you to get iPod music onto iPhone:

Sync iPod music to iPhone with iTunes or Finder


  • For Mac users, iTunes has been replaced by Finder in macOS Catalina. Use Finder if your Mac is running macOS Catalina and later.
  • For Windows users, you can download iTunes from Microsoft Store.
  • Before transferring music from iPod to iPhone, you have to convert them to a format friendly to iPhone if needed.

Transferring music between devices is a priority for iTunes. Apple's developers created iTunes to organize your iPhone media library and allow syncing between your devices. If you want to transfer music from iPod to iPhone, iTunes can be a nice option. But iTunes is not perfect: it will replace the existing tracks on your iPhone with the songs you select on iPod in the process of syncing.

If you don't mind the music loss on your iPhone, follow the next steps to transfer your iPod music to iPhone:

The following screenshots all use the iPhone as an example.

1. Connect your iPod to computer and let iTunes run.

2. From the horizontal options bar, click on the "Files" button. Then go to Devices > Transfer Purchases from your iPod's name. Wait for a while, all the songs from your iPod will be synced to your computer. You can view them in the "Recently added".

3. Eject your iPod and plug your iPhone into the computer. Hit on the iPhone icon, you should see the details about your iPhone.

4. Choose Music button in the list of settings from the left sidebar. Check the box next to "Sync Music". There are two options for you. Select "Entire music library" to transfer all songs in the library or "Selected artists, albums, genres, and playlists" to sync specific music.

5. click on "Apply" to begin syncing at the bottom of the window.

iPhone Data Transfer-a easier way to transfer music from iPod to iPhone

While the iTunes or Finder provides you the possibility to transfer iPod music to iPhone, some iPod users may want to preview their library while they transfer. Unfortunately, iTunes or Finder doesn't provide such a functionality, so users have to rely on other tools. If you're finding a tool that can view the library while transferring, iPhone Data Transfer will be a perfect option.

iPhone Data Transfer is a one-click way to transfer music from iPod to iPhone without worrying about music compatibility issues and data loss. In addition to music, you can also freely transfer videos, photos and other files from iPod to iPhone, iPhone to Mac, and iPhone to PC. Download it from the button below to start transferring.

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This is what you will need before you begin:

  • a computer (it can be a Mac or a Windows computer, because iPhone Data Transfer is compatible with both systems)
  • two USB cables

Be aware that don't unplug the iPod and iPhone until the process finishes.

Step 1: Connect your iPod and iPhone to the computer

Launch iPhone Data Transfer on computer, and connect your iPod and iPhone by a USB cord. You may need to enter the passcode on your iPhone to trust this computer. iPhone Data Transfer should show you the device information.

Step 2: Open music library on iPod

If needed, select your source device-iPod from the devices drop-down menu at the top of the software. Then click on the "Music button" from the left sidebar. You should see all the songs from your iPod being displayed in front of you.

Step 3: Add music from iPod to iPhone

Choose the songs from iPod that you'd like to import to your iPhone. And hit on the button with a phone icon at the top of the window. Then click on "your target device's name". The process of importing starts instantly.

After that, you can listen to the iPod music in Music app on your iPhone at once.

Besides the fact that you can easily transfer music from iPod to iPhone, what makes this software outstanding is its conversion feature, which allows you to convert incompatible music into formats that are friendly to your device automatically.

Airdrop music between iPod and iPhone

As one of the most successful Nearby Sharing service, Airdrop allows you quickly share your music from iPod to iPhone. If the number of songs you want to transfer is small, using Airdrop will be an appropriate way. In the quick setting drop-down, enable Bluetooth and Airdrop.

Once the music file and target device are identified, Airdrop will complete the transfer immediately. The target device will be notified that someone wants to share the file and be asked to accept or reject. Follow these steps to airdrop music from iPod to iPhone:

One note: Make sure the target iPhone is within the Bluetooth and WIFI range.

  • Enable Airdrop, Bluetooth and WIFI on two devices.
  • Open Music app on your iPod. Select the song you want to transfer.
  • Tap on the button with three dots. You should see the detailed information about this song. From this list, choose "Share Song".
  • Tap on Airdrop icon to proceed. In the section of airdrop, tap on "your iPhone's name".
  • Move to your iPhone, tap on "Accept" to receive the song when the Airdrop box appears on the screen.

That's it!

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