Can I download music from my iPod to my Samsung phone?

The iPod was a line of portable media players created by Apple and released in October 2001. iPods allowed users to download digital music and playlists from computers to the portable device to listen to music on the go.[1] Over the last 20 years since their launch, iPods have gone through many generations and have shaped the way people listen to music digitally.[2]

With the rise in popularity of smartphones, iPod sales have declined over the years. However, many long-time iPod users still utilize these devices and have libraries of downloaded music stored on them. As Apple discontinues all models of iPods in 2022, many are wondering if and how they can transfer their downloaded iPod music libraries to other devices like Android phones.[3]

Compatibility Between iPods and Android Phones

In general, iPods and Android phones have limited native compatibility for transferring music files directly between the devices. This is because iPods use Apple’s proprietary software and file formats, while Android phones are based on Google’s platform.

Apple intentionally creates walled gardens and closed ecosystems around its products to retain tight control and promote its other services and hardware. For example, iPods are designed to seamlessly sync media purchased from the iTunes Store, which does not work on Android. Meanwhile, Android has adopted open standard file formats like MP3 that can be freely copied between devices (SilveradoSierra).

However, with some effort it is possible to transfer music from an iPod to an Android phone using an intermediate computer or specialized apps. The limited compatibility also does not allow Android devices to control or view the contents of the iPod directly.

Transferring Music From an iPod to an Android Phone

One of the most common ways to transfer music from an iPod to an Android phone is by using a computer as an intermediary device. You can connect both your iPod and Android phone to your computer via a USB cable and transfer files between them. Here’s how:

1. Connect your iPod to your computer using the USB cable that came with your iPod.

2. Open your computer’s file manager (Finder on Mac or File Explorer on Windows). Your iPod should show up as an external drive or device.

3. Find your music files and copy them to a folder your computer. Make sure you know where you are saving them!

4. Connect your Android phone to your computer via USB. This time, your phone should show up as an external drive or device.

5. Open your Android phone’s drive/device on your computer’s file manager and navigate to a suitable folder like Music or Downloads.

6. Paste or drag the music files you copied from your iPod over to your Android phone’s folder.

7. Once transfer is complete, safely eject both your Android phone and iPod before unplugging them.

That’s it! You should now see your transferred music files on your Android phone, ready for listening offline.

For help troubleshooting any issues with transfers, check out our troubleshooting tips section later in this guide [1].

Using a Computer as an Intermediary

One way to transfer music from an iPod to an Android phone is by using a computer as an intermediary between the devices. Here is the process:

  1. Connect the iPod to your computer and launch iTunes ( Sync the music files from the iPod to your iTunes library.
  2. Connect your Android phone to the computer and launch the Android file transfer program available for your device.
  3. In iTunes, navigate to your music library and find the synced songs from your iPod.
  4. Select the desired songs to transfer and copy or drag-and-drop them into your phone’s music folder.
  5. Eject both devices safely from your computer when finished.

Using a computer as a bridge between your iPod and Android phone allows you to select and move the exact tracks you want. However, it is more time consuming than a direct file transfer method. Ensure your devices are compatible with the necessary software before attempting this intermediary transfer process.

Bluetooth Transfer

Bluetooth is a convenient wireless method to transfer music from an iPod to an Android phone without needing a computer. The process involves downloading an Android app like Bluetooth File Transfer onto the Android phone which can then connect to the iPod via Bluetooth.

Here are the steps to transfer music using Bluetooth:

  1. On the Android phone, install an app like Bluetooth File Transfer from the Google Play Store.
  2. Go to the Bluetooth settings and pair the iPod and Android phone.
  3. Open the Bluetooth file transfer app on the Android phone and select the “Upload” option.
  4. On the iPod, you’ll now see a request to allow files to be transferred. Select “yes” to allow the Android phone to access the music files.
  5. The app will display the music library from the iPod. Select the songs you want to transfer over to the Android phone.
  6. The selected songs will now be transferred from the iPod to your Android phone over the Bluetooth connection.

The main upsides of using Bluetooth are avoiding cables and ability to transfer without a computer. However, Bluetooth can be slower than a wired transfer.

Apps and Software for Transferring Music

There are several apps and software programs available that make it easy to transfer music from your iPod to an Android phone.

According to iSkysoft, some of the top options include:

  • MobileTrans – An app designed specifically for transferring files between different devices and platforms. It provides a simple one-click transfer of music from an iPod to Android.
  • iPod to iTunes Transfer – Extracts music from an iPod to your computer, allowing you to then sync the music with an Android device.
  • SynciOS – Transfers music, playlists, videos and more between an iPod and Android device.

These apps provide an easy way to get your iPod music onto a new Android phone, without needing to use iTunes. They detect both devices, match up the music libraries, and enable direct phone-to-phone transfers either wireless over WiFi or with a direct USB connection.

The apps also typically preserve all metadata, like playlists, during the transfer process. Some of the apps offer free trial versions, but full functionality requires upgrading to a paid pro version.

Troubleshooting Tips

Here are some solutions for common issues that may arise when transferring music from an iPod to an Android phone:

Music Transfer Gets Interrupted

If the music transfer gets interrupted due to a bad internet connection, turn off your WiFi and try again using just your mobile network. You can also try moving closer to your wireless router for a stronger signal.[1]

Transferring Over Bluetooth Isn’t Working

Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both your iPod and Android phone. The devices also need to be paired before you can transfer files. If pairing fails, try rebooting both devices and pairing them again from scratch.

Missing Album Artwork

Some album artwork may not transfer over from an iPod. Try using a music transfer app like MediaMonkey to preserve artwork when moving your music library.[2]

Limitations and Things to Know

There are some limitations to transferring music from an iPod to an Android phone:

  • DRM protected music: Music that has extra copyright protection (DRM) applied to it may not play on other devices, even if you successfully transfer it over. This depends on the DRM, but iTunes music is often restricted to only working on Apple devices.

  • Playlists and metadata: While the music files themselves may transfer over, the playlists and other metadata about your music (cover art, song details, etc.) may not carry across to the Android device.

  • Transfer speed: Depending on your transfer method, it can take a long time to move lots of music from an iPod to an Android phone since it has to fully copy the files over rather than sync them.

  • Audio formats: Some less common audio formats that play on an iPod may not be supported on all Android devices, meaning those tracks could fail to play after transferring.

So while you can transfer music from an iPod to an Android phone, expect to lose some metadata, playlists, and the ability to play some DRM-protected tracks or less mainstream formats. The transfer process can also be slow if you have lots of music to move over.


To recap, here are the key steps to transfer music from an iPod to an Android phone:

  1. Use a computer as an intermediary to sync your iPod music library and then transfer the files to your Android phone. This works for all music types and you retain maximum quality.
  2. Download a third-party app to transfer music over a direct Bluetooth connection. This allows wireless transfer but may compress audio quality or have file restrictions.
  3. The free Android File Transfer app for macOS or Windows is the simplest computer intermediary option. For maximum control, use music management software like iTunes or MusicBee.
  4. Before transferring, authorize the receiving device and confirm you have enough storage capacity for large music libraries. Use cables for fastest stable transfer speeds.
  5. If encountering issues, recheck connections, turn devices off and on, close and reopen apps, or try a different transfer method.

The key is finding the right software for your computer OS and mobile OS combination. While a direct transfer is convenient, using a computer as a hub gives you the most quality and control over the process.


In summary, there are a few options for transferring music from an iPod to an Android device. The easiest method is to use a computer as an intermediary – connect the iPod to the computer, transfer the music files over, then connect the Android phone and sync the music. Bluetooth transfer is also possible for small batches of songs using apps, though it can be tedious. Overall compatibility has improved between iOS devices like iPods and Android phones, making music transfers straightforward for most users’ needs.

The key takeaways are:

  • Use a computer as an intermediary when transferring large music libraries
  • Bluetooth apps can transfer small batches of songs directly
  • Make sure your devices and OS versions are compatible
  • Try different troubleshooting tips if transfers stall

With some patience and the right tools, transferring music between an iPod and Android device is achievable. Just be aware of some limitations depending on your specific devices.

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