IPods are multimedia portable players that let you upload and play back music, videos and photos in high quality. They come in different styles, memory sizes and with different features depending on the model. Additionally they can be used as a hard drive to store, transfer and manually manage music and videos. Copying music to a computer hard drive is simple. Once you enable "Disk Mode" on your iPod, you can transfer music to your computer just like a portable hard drive.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Connect your iPod to the computer using the supplied USB cable. iTunes should automatically recognize the iPod and launch. If it does not automatically launch, double-click it to open it.
Click your iPod's icon on the left panel and click the "Summary" tab.
Scroll down the summary tab and remove the check from "Open iTunes when this iPod is connected."
Place a check on "Manually manage music and videos." This lets you use your iPod as a hard drive (removal disk). Close iTunes.
Double-click "My Computer" on the desktop. You should see your iPod's icon listed as a removal disk together with other hard drives on your computer.
Double-click your iPod's icon to open it and reveal its contents. Click the "Music" folder. Right-click the music file you want to copy to your hard drive and click "Copy."
Right-click the location or folder on your hard drive where you want to copy the music file to and click "Paste." The music file will copy to the location on your computer that you want.
Additionally, you can drag the music file from the "Music" folder on your iPod to a location on your hard drive to copy it there.
Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.