How to Transfer Music from iPad to iPod

By Emily Watson, Saturday, Feb 07, 2015

"I recently purchased a new iPod touch and would like to transfer the music files from my iPad to the new ipod. Can you tell me how to do this?"

This guide will give you some insights on how to transfer music from iPad to iPod. Here are the three methods. Choose the one that fits you most.

Method 1: Transfer iPad Music to iPod Directly

To copy music from iPad to iPod, you can get help from FonePaw iOS Transfer. This smart transfer tool allows iPhone/iPad/iPod users to transfer music, videos, ringtones and more between iOS devices. The below is how it manages music on iPhone/iPad/iPod:

• Transfer music from iPhone/iPad/iPod to computer or iTunes;
• Transfer songs from computer/iTunes to iOS devices;
Transfer music from iPhone to iPhone, iPad to iPod, iPod to iPod etc;
• Convert music files to iPhone/iPod/iPad compatible formats.

Note: All iPads and iPods running iOS 10, iOS9, iOS 8, iOS 7 and iOS 6 are compatible with FonePaw iOS Transfer. They're iPod touch 6/5/4, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod classic and iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad 4, The New iPad, iPad 2/1.

Free download the trial version of FonePaw iOS Transfer on your computer and have a shot.

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1. Download and install the software

To transfer music from iPad to iPod, you need first to download and install FonePaw iOS Transfer. Then, you should run it by double-clicking the icon on your PC desktop.

2. Connect both iPad and iPod to your computer

Connect iPad and iPod with your computer via the USB cables simultaneously. You will see the windows as below:

The Main Interface of iPad to Device

3. Select the music you want to transfer

When both devices are detected, you can see all data categories on your iPad and iPod on the left-side column, including media, videos, playlists, photos, contacts, and SMS. Under iPad, click "Media" > "Music". Choose the music you want to transfer to iPod.

4. Transfer music from iPad to iPod

After you have chosen the music you want to transfer, click "Export to" button. In the pull-down menu, choose to export to your iPod. When the music transfer begins, you are able to find a dialog of transfer process shows up. The progress bar shows the percentage of the transfer process. When the transfer is finished, you are able to get all the music files in your iPod.

Transfer iPad Music to iPod

Well done! You have already transfer iPad songs to iPod. You can check it by clicking the buttons iPod. Under its directory tree, click "Media" > "Music".

As you can see, using iOS Transfer to move music to your new iPhone, iPad or iPod is very straightforward and speedy. It saves the troubles of importing the music to PC or iTunes first and exporting them to the new device later. Moreover, it supports both purchased and non-purchased music.

Method 2: Transfer iPad Music to iPod via iTunes

The method only applies to music purchased from Apple. You should first transfer the purchased music from iPad to iTunes, then sync your iPod to iTunes. Please note that your iPod music will be wiped out after syncing to iTunes.

  • Launch iTunes and connect iPad to the computer.

  • On iTunes, click the "File" > "Device" > "Transfer purchases from…". And the purchased iPad music will be added to your iTunes library.

    Transfer Purchases From iPad

  • Unplug your iPad and connect the iPod to computer. Select "Music" > "Sync Music" to sycn music in iTunes library to your iPod.

Method 3: Downloaded iTunes Store Purchased Songs on iPod Touch

If you buy songs on iPad's iTunes Store, you can redownload these songs on iPod Touch by signing in with the the same Apple ID that you used when purchasing the music.

  • On your iPod Touch, sign in with the same Apple ID as that of your iPad.  

  • Open the iTunes Store app. Tap "More" > "Purchased" > "Music".

  • Choose "Not on This iPod." Select the song, album, or music video that you want to download and tap to get the music on your iPod.

Redownload iTunes Purchased Music

Like Method 2, Method 3 can only apply to purchased iTunes music on iPad. Moreover, Method 3 requires longer time since you have download the music on iPod and it can only apply to new iPod model. Therefore, if you are looking for a quicker way to transfer both purchased and non-purchased music from iPad to iPod, Method 1 with FonePaw iOS Transfer, is a smarter choice.

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