How To: Put Songs on Your iPod Without Using iTunes

Put Songs on Your iPod Without Using iTunes

How to Put Songs on Your iPod Without Using iTunes

Putting music on your iPod using Windows normally require having to use iTunes, which can be a real pain in the but if you hate using extra software for something that should be as easy and dragging and dropping.

But using a cool trick, you can add music to your iPod in the easiest way possible without being bogged down with iTunes.

Step 1: Connect iPod

Start by plugging in your iPod. Make sure that iTunes is not running—if it opens automatically, simply close the program.

Step 2: Access iPod Through "My Computer"

Open My Computer, either through an Explorer window or through the Start Menu. Now double-click on the iPod, then select Tools -> Folder Options.

Step 3: Access Hidden Files

Go to the View tab, then check the option for "Show hidden files."

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Step 4: Drag & Drop Music

You'll now see a folder call "ipod_control"—double-click to access it, and simply copy or drag and drop your mp3 files into it! That's it, now you have music on your iPod without ever having to use iTunes!

For more information, check out the video guide below from xGamerGuy:

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hello.....when i plugged my ipod nano says to format i format it.but when i fomat it and sent some data it doesn't read ...then i found this site.... now i dont have the ipodcontrol folder because i had to format it???what now?

Im sorry to tell you this JOHN BOLLA JR. , but I think the reason why it didn't work on ur IPOD NANO, is because IPOD NANOS and IPOD TOUCHS are different( in some ways), same company manufacturer; there are probably a lot more reasons why it didn't work with ur NANO, but im just gonna tell u that it didn't work because it was meant for ipod touch(s). considering that ipod nano and ipod touch have different files and(or) folders and other programs that aren't all the same

I've been spending way too many hours trying to upload songs from CDs that I own to my ipod. I've tried about 5 downloads. ipodTrans didn't work. Sharepod would only let me go from my ipod to my computer and not the other way. Kiwigeek or something isn't available for download any more. Something else starting with the letter A worked, but was only available free for one week. ipod Trans didn't work at all. Mediamonkey seems to have been the only one out of five that has worked.

ok i did everything right but the music doesnt want to show up on my Ipod nano touch the newest version can u please help

this dont work when i try to play it the voice says sync the music first

what if my computer does not have a tool button

this was SO helpful thank you!!

I know I'm a bit late to this, but I was wondering before I tried it, whether this would work on an iPod shuffle 2gb. I just don't want to risk wrecking the device because the method was specifically for one version, oh and btw the computer being used is on Windows 7 if that makes any difference,


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