2 Ways: Sync iPod to New Computer Without Deleting Music

Don't want to lose your iPod music after ditching your old computer for a new computer?


By Demi / Updated on January 2, 2024

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Syncing iPod to a new computer

I want to change a computer for my iPod’s iTunes Library. Is there any way that I could do so and add songs to my iPod without deleting anything on my iPod? Please help!

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If you buy a new computer, you may want to manage data on your iOS devices by syncing them to your new computer. If you’re an iPod user, it’s also a good way to manage your music tracks on the new computer. While here comes the question - will you lose your music if you sync your iPod to a new computer?

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If you're acquainted with iTunes and iPod sync, you're aware that an iPod is only paired with one computer. Syncing the iPod with a new computer automatically erases everything on the iPod. Additionally, iTunes doesn't permit the transfer of music downloaded online, shared from others, or photos and videos saved on the iPod to the new computer.

That is why this guide comes. To minimize the data loss, this guide offers you two ways about how to sync iPod with new computer. 

Best way to sync iPod to new computer without deleting music

To sync iPod to new computer without losing music, FoneTool stands out as a versatile and user-friendly tool that simplifies the process of syncing your iPod to a new computer without risking the loss of your music. Unlike traditional methods that may involve complicated steps and potential pitfalls, FoneTool offers a straightforward solution.

FoneTool enables you to:
transfer both purchased and non-purchased music to new computer.
transfer 100 music tracks in minutes without data loss or compromising their quality.
preview and select the wanted songs to transfer.
transfer music, photos, videos among iPod, iPhone, iPad, and computer.

Click the icon below to free download FoneTool to your new computer, and follow the three steps below to sync iPod to new computer.

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Step 1. Connect your iPod to new computer with a USB cable > Launch FoneTool and click Phone Transfer > Mouse over to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

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Step 2. Click the plus icon to browse music on your iPad > Select some or all of them to transfer to computer > Click OK to confirm.

Choose Songs

Step 3. Choose a storage path from Transfer Settings > Click Start Transfer to start the process.


When it is completed, all your iPod music has been saved to your new computer. You can choose to manually add music to iTunes on your new computer. Optionally, you can also choose to use FoneTool to manage your music files from now on, and  enjoy computer music on iPod by transferring music from computer to iPod with FoneTool.

Sync iPod with new computer without losing music (Only for purchases)

As has been mentioned in the very beginning, if you decide to sync iPod to new computer with iTunes the way you did before, your iPod may be synced with an empty iTunes library when you connect iPod to your new computer for the first time, then all data on your iPod will be removed.

Luckily, there is another way to sync iPod to new computer with iTunes. If you don’t mind losing non-purchases on your iPod, you can try this way. What’s more, it’s suggested to backup your iPod Touch first to avoid data loss.

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your new computer.

Step 2. Connect your iPod with the computer > Launch iTunes, and wait for it to detect your iPod.

Step 3. To run this process smoothly, click the device icon > Summary > Uncheck Automatically sync when this iPod is connected and check Manually manage music and videos > Click Apply to confirm.

Step 4. Click File from the menu bar > Tap Devices > Choose Transfer Purchases from.

iTunes Transfer Purchases

Bonus: How to add music to iTunes Music Library

If you don’t want to lose your non-purchased music on iPod, you can choose to transfer music from iPod to computer with the tool mentioned in Part 1 and add music to iTunes Library by following the steps below.

Open iTunes on your computer > Click File from the menu bar > Choose Add File to Library to add music files to iTunes Library.

Add File To Library


That’s all for how to sync iPod to new computer without deleting music in two ways. To make things simpler, you can rely on the third-party transfer tool, FoneTool. If you have been used utilizing iTunes, you can also sync iTunes purchases from iPod to new computer and manually add non-purchases to iTunes library.

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