How to Transfer MP3 to iPod with or without iTunes

"Is there another alternative to transferring MP3 files into my iPod? Is there a tool that sends music to iPod without putting the songs in iTunes?"

iTunes has always been a default way to transfer files from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and computer. Many music lovers want to transfer the MP3 files from local to their iPod touch. Besides using iTunes, there are also other solutions to transfer MP3 music to iPod. In this post, we shall talk about how to transfer MP3 to iPod with or without iTunes.

Transfer MP3 to iPod

Part 1. How to Copy MP3 to iPod with iTunes

iTunes is the default way that Apple provided to transfer files. Before transferring MP3 to iPod using iTunes, you need to update your iTunes to the latest version first. Check the detailed steps to copy MP3 to iPod with iTunes.

Step 1.
Open iTunes and click File > Add File to Library or Add Folder to Library to add your MP3 songs to iTunes Library.
Add File
Step 2.
Click the View menu in iTunes and make sure Show Sidebar is enabled. Connect your iPod to computer and your iPod will show in DEVICES in the sidebar.
Step 3.
Click on your device and select Music from the left panel. You can check Sync Music option and choose to sync the entire music library, music videos or voice memos. Then click Apply button.
Sync Music

After that, the MP3 files will be synced to iTunes quickly. You can also go to Recently Added tab in iTunes, drag and drop the MP3 files to your iPod.

Part 2. How to Transfer MP3 to iPod without iTunes

Though iTunes is a good music transfer tool, you can't sync all MP3 files to iPod in iTunes. Aiseesoft FoneTrans is the professional iPod music manager and transfer. It can not only transfer music from computer to iPod like iTunes does, but also manage iPod playlist like adding, deleting, or creating new playlist. You can also make ringtones easily with this iPod music transfer tool.



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Step 1.
Launch FoneTrans on your Windows computer or Mac. Connect your iPod to computer with the USB cable. It will detect your iOS device quickly, and you can check the basic information of your iPod in the main interface.
Step 2.
Click Music from the left panel, and you can see all music files are divided into different groups.
Click Music
Step 3.
Click the Plus button on the top bar to select the files or folder from computer. Select the MP3 files you want to add to iPod, and click Open to transfer them from computer to iPod.

Besides transferring music from computer to iPod, Aiseesoft FoneTrans also enables you to transfer photos, contacts, movies, ringtones, Podcasts, voice memos and more between iOS devices, or between iPod and computer.

Part 3. How to Put MP3 to iPod with MediaMonkey

MediaMonkey is a free and powerful music management software integrating music management, playback and tag editing. More than a media manager and player, MediaMonkey works well as an iPod file transfer. So when you want to transfer MP3 music file to iPod, you can try MediaMonkey instead.

As you open MediaMonkey on your computer, go to Tools > Sync Device. Then select your iPod to move the MP3 file to your iPod.


Part 4. FAQs of Transferring MP3 to iPod

1. How do I manually add songs to my iPod?

To add songs to your iPod manually, you need to connect it to your computer first. Open iTunes on your computer and click iPod icon. In the Summary tab, scroll down to Options and select the Manually manage music and videos option. Then click the Done button to confirm the selection, and click Apply button.

2. How do I view files on my iPod?

Plug your iPod to computer using a USB cable. Click the Start menu and select My Computer. Double-click the drive that contains your iPod. Click Tools menu, select Folder Options, and View tab. Click the circle next to Show hidden files and folder. Then the iPod_Control folder will appear where you can view iPod files.

3. How to transfer music from iPod to computer?

If you want to transfer music from iPod to computer, you can rely on Aiseesoft FoneTrans. Free download and open FoneTrans on your computer. Connect your iPod to computer via USB cable. In the Music tab, you can choose the music you want to transfer, and click Export to PC to transfer music to your computer.


We mainly talked about 3 solutions to transfer MP3 to iPod, and you can easily add your favorite music to iPod for listening in leisure time. If you prefer an 1-click transfer method, you can try Aiseesoft FoneTrans which will transfer all your music files to iPod touch, iPod Classic or iPod Shuffle without hassle. Still having problems while transferring MP3 to iPod? Please don't hesitate to leave your comment.

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