IPods are among the most popular multimedia devices on the market, but because they are Apple products, many people believe that uploading files to a PC is an overly complicated task. It isn't. In fact, uploading files from your iPod to your PC is almost as easy as plugging your iPod into your machine.
Plug your iPod into your PC using the USB cord. If you do not hear a "hardware detected" sound (a beeping noise in Windows XP and Vista), unplug the iPod and plug it into a different USB port.
Create a new folder on your desktop to store the iPod files that you plan to upload from the device.
Navigate to your "My Computer" screen inside Windows. In addition to your typical disc drives, you will also find a file named "iPod." Double-click this file.
Select the files and folders you wish to upload from your iPod. Once selected, drag the files from the iPod folder to the new folder on your desktop.
Allow up to several minutes (depending on file size) for the files to completely upload to your PC.
- If you have iTunes installed on your computer, you can move your files from your iPod to your PC directly from iTunes.
- Sometimes Windows will hide the iPod file. If this happens, go into Windows Explorer's "Tools" menu and enable the "show hidden files" feature.
- Do not disconnect the iPod from the PC. Doing so will halt the upload and potentially corrupt the files being uploaded.
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