Can you transfer music from old iPod to an Android phone?

iPods, first released in 2001, were some of the earliest MP3 players that allowed people to store music files digitally and take them on the go. iPods stored music in a proprietary format that made transferring files between devices tricky. Now, with smartphones like Androids that play MP3s natively, many people want to transfer the music libraries stored on their old iPods to their current phones.

The process involves connecting the iPod to a computer, locating the music files, potentially downloading software to access the files, transferring them to the computer, and then transferring them from the computer onto the Android device. With a few simple steps, you can migrate your music library from an old iPod to a new phone.

Transferring an iPod music library to an Android device allows you to consolidate your music collection onto one device. You’ll gain access to music you may not have listened to in years and be able to enjoy it on your phone, from anywhere. Your music can live on without that old iPod.

Checking Compatibility

Before transferring music from an old iPod to an Android device, it’s important to check that your devices are compatible. Not all iPod models and Android OS versions will work together for music transfers.

The iPod classic models, including the 1st through 7th generations, are compatible with transferring music to Android devices. According to discussions on the Apple forums, the iPod classic models sync with all versions of iTunes and can connect to computers to access the music files (

For Android device compatibility, you’ll want to make sure your device is running Android OS 4.1 or higher. Older versions of Android may not recognize or sync properly with the iPod models. Based on Reddit threads, Android OS versions 4.1 and up have the necessary software to interface with iPods for file transfers (

As long as you have an iPod classic and an Android device running OS 4.1 or newer, you should be able to transfer music between the devices.

Downloading Software

There are a few different software options you can use to transfer music from an old iPod to an Android device. For Windows and Mac computers, some popular iTunes alternatives include:

  • MediaMonkey – Free music player and library organizer for Windows
  • Vox – Free music player for Mac
  • WALTR PRO – Paid software for Windows to transfer media files between iOS devices and computers

For Android file transfer apps, some options are:

These programs will allow you to access the music files on your iPod and transfer them to your Android device. MediaMonkey and Vox are good alternatives to iTunes for music management and playback. MobileTrans and Android File Transfer enable moving files between devices.

Connecting iPod to Computer

The first step in transferring music from an old iPod to an Android device is connecting the iPod to a computer. Before connecting, make sure to charge the iPod fully as this can help it sync properly. Use the charging cable that came with the iPod to connect it to a USB port on your computer.

Once connected, open iTunes on your computer. Go to the Summary screen for your iPod and enable “Disk Use” mode. This allows your computer to access the iPod as an external hard drive. According to Apple Support, you can do this by clicking the Device button, going to Summary, and checking the “Enable disk use” box.

Locating iPod Music Files

The music stored on an iPod Classic is located in a hidden folder called “iPod_Control”. Within this folder is a “Music” folder that contains all the music files from the iPod.

According to discussions on the Apple support forums, the exact file path to access these files when connecting the iPod to a computer is:

iPod_Control/Music/[Artist]/[Album]/[Song Title].mp3


The music files are stored in standard formats like MP3 (.mp3) and AAC (.m4a). By navigating to the “Music” folder, you can access all the artists, albums, and song files stored on the iPod.

Reddit users on r/IpodClassic also confirm that connecting the iPod Classic to a computer and accessing the “iPod_Control/Music” folder is the way to locate the music files for transfer.

Knowing where the iPod Classic stores the music files and what format they are in (.mp3, .m4a) allows you to easily find them to transfer to another device.

Transferring Music

To transfer music from your old iPod to your computer, you will need to connect the iPod to your computer and locate the music files using iTunes or Music on a Mac. Next, select the specific songs or albums you want to transfer.

To select all music on your iPod to transfer, go to the Summary section in iTunes and check the box next to “Sync Music” and select “Entire music library” [1]. You can also select individual artists, albums, songs, genres, or playlists to transfer.

Once you’ve selected the music to transfer, it’s just a matter of copying the files over. Go to the Summary section in iTunes and click “Back Up Now” under Backups to copy music files to your computer [2]. The music files will be saved to a folder on your computer and can then be transferred to your Android device.

Preparing Android Device

Before transferring the music files from your iPod to your Android device, it is important to prepare your Android phone or tablet to receive the files. One of the key steps is to have a file manager app installed that will allow you to easily access and move files around on your Android device.

Some of the most popular and highly rated Android file manager apps include Solid Explorer, X-plore File Manager, and MiXplorer. These apps allow you to browse files and folders on your device, copy/move files, create new folders, and access cloud storage. Many also include additional tools like archives support, encryption, and media playback features.

Once you have a file manager installed, it is a good idea to create a new folder on your Android device specifically for the music files you will be transferring from your iPod. You can title this folder something like “My iPod Music” and locate it in an easy to access location like your internal storage or SD card. This will help keep all the transferred music files organized in one place.

Transferring Music to Android

Once you’ve located and copied the music files from your iPod, the next step is to transfer them to your Android device. This requires connecting your Android phone or tablet to your computer.

To connect your Android device to your computer, use a USB cable and plug one end into your device and the other end into a USB port on your computer. Some newer Android devices support wireless transfer over WiFi, but a wired USB connection is the most reliable method.

When connected via USB, you may see a notification on your Android device asking how you want to use the USB connection. Select “File Transfer” or “Transfer Files”. This will allow your computer to access the files on your Android device.

If your device doesn’t prompt you, you may need to change the USB settings manually. Open the Settings app on your Android and look for an option like “Connected Devices” or “USB Connected”. Here you can change the setting to enable file transfers.

Once connected, your Android device should appear as a drive on your computer, allowing you to simply drag and drop music files onto it. Copy the music files you exported from your iPod to a folder on your Android such as Music. If your Android has an SD card, you can also transfer music there.

Some Android manufacturers include their own desktop software for managing file transfers. For example, Samsung Smart Switch. Otherwise, Android File Transfer is a free utility from Google that works well.

After the transfer is complete, safely eject your Android device from the computer before unplugging the USB cable. Your music collection from your old iPod will now be available in the Music app on your Android phone or tablet.

Accessing Transferred Music

Once the music has been transferred over to your Android device, you’ll want to access and play your newly added songs. The default music player on your Android will most likely already detect the new music files and make them available in its library. However, you may want to use a dedicated third-party music playing app for best results.

Apps like Musicolet Music Player and AIMP are popular choices that allow you to browse your music library and create playlists. They provide additional features beyond the default music player like equalizers, tag editing, and refined organization tools.

To find your newly added music, open your preferred music app and browse to the folder location you transferred the files to on your Android device’s storage. Apps like Musicolet let you rescan the music library to detect new additions. You can also use the search function to lookup songs by title or artist.

For the best long-term experience, invest time organizing your music library on your Android device. Sort songs into playlists by genre, mood, or activity. Add album, artist, and track tags to make searching easier. Delete unwanted songs to reduce clutter. With a tidy, well-organized music library, you’ll be able to easily access and enjoy the songs transferred from your old iPod.


Transferring music from an old iPod to an Android device is a straightforward process using iTunes and third party software. The key steps are connecting the iPod to a computer, locating the music files in iTunes, downloading and installing the right software, transferring the files to the computer, connecting the Android device, and transferring the music. With some time and patience, your entire music library can be moved over.

Once the transfer is complete, it’s important to maintain your library properly on the new device. Keep your music organized by using sensible filenames, metadata like artist name and album, and playlists. Maintaining a routine backup system is also wise to avoid losing data. Using music cloud storage services like Google Play Music can provide backup and syncing across devices. Ultimately, a little organization goes a long way towards being able to easily find, listen and enjoy your music collection.

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