By Lena / Last Updated January 21, 2020

You have downloaded lots of songs on your iPhone, iPod or iPad so that you can enjoy the music wherever you are. Now for some reason, you want to move them to your computer. iTunes is the default program for music management and it indeed can help sync music to computer, however, the music supported is limited to the purchased items on your device.

Fortunately, there’s one third-party tool can help you transfer both purchased and non-purchased music from iPhone/iPod to computer. Let’s jump right in.

Transfer Non Purchased Music from iPhone/iPod to Computer

Since iTunes has its limitations, only can help you transfer purchased songs to computer, you can take the assistance of one third-party tool named mBackupper to better manage your music. It’s one free iPhone transfer and backup export for Windows PCs.

→ Easy to use. Unlike iTunes complicated interface, mBackupper has a clear interface and user-friendly design, you can complete the transfer in only a few clicks.

→ Fast transfer speed. Its transfer speed is higher than the average speed on the market: 1000 songs can be transferred in only 9 minutes and 13 seconds.

→ Transfer selected songs. It also lets you transfer all songs in one-click or only transfer the selected songs.

→ Widely compatible. It supports all iPhone, iPod, and iPad models and is fully compatible with the latest IOS 13.

Download the tool on your computer and follow the steps below to transfer non-purchased music from iPhone to computer.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer via the USB cable > Tap “Trust” to give your computer access to your iPhone.

Step 2. Click Custom Backup option > Click Music to choose the songs you want to transfer to computer.

Click Music

Step 3. Choose the songs you want to bakcup to computer and click OK.

Select Songs

Step 4. Select the storage path > Click the Start Backup button to start.

When the process is finished, you can check the backup task on the Backup Management screen. Here you can choose to locate, browse or delete the backup files.


If necessary, you can choose to restore the back files to your iPhone, iPod or iPad and it will not erase any existed songs or other data on your device.

Transfer Non Purchased Music from iPod to iTunes

There’s a way that you can have a try to transfer non-purchased music from iPod to iTunes. This method is kind of complicated compared to the above method.

Step 1. Connect your iPod to computer via the USB cable > Open “My Computer” and your iPod will be shown up there.

Step 2. Click Tools in the menu bar of Windows explorer > Select Folder Options > View > Check Show hidden files and folders.

Show Hidden Files

▲ The process of showing your hidden files may leave your important system folder exposed, please be careful.

Step 3. Head back to “My Computer” and double-click your iPod > Find and open iPod_Control folder.

Step 4. Find Music folder and copy the whole folder to your computer.

iPod Music Folder

Step 5. Run iTunes > Click File > Add Folder to Library... to add the music folder to your iTunes library.

Step 6. Finally, click Edit > Preferences > Advanced, and check "Keep iTunes Media Folder Organized".

You can click Recently Added in the left panel of iTunes to check the newly imported songs. If you want to download the imported songs on your computer, you can click the Download button to download it on your computer.


That’s all for how to transfer non-purchased music from iPhone/iPod to computer. The easiest way to achieve the goal is using mBackupper, it can help you transfer both purchased and non-purchased music to computer. Or if you own one iPod, you can try to first transfer music from iPod to iTunes and then download them on your computer. If you meet any problem, please feel free to leave a comment and we will reply to you soon.