Updated: 7 March 2017

How to Put Music on iPod Classic, Nano, Shuffle without iTunes

How to put music on iPod Classic is a rarely asked question these days. Of course – few people are using the original iPod. It's time to resurrect the legacy: here we’ll show how to add music to iPod Classic in 2 steps.

Josh Brown

UPD. Here we'll focus on how to put music on iPod Classic without iTunes, but the workaround is same good for any other iPod generation, so read on! Nano, Mini, Shuffle, Touch are all covered.

iPod Classic is outdated?

we say: hell no!

Iconic device like this one is always in fashion: in 2001 and even 15 years later. 

Even though it seems like everyone (including Apple) is giving up on the gadget, it should not be forgotten. We know there’s floppity jillion of you still having all those ‘old school’ devices somewhere gathering dust.

Challenge from Softorino: Dust off the good old iPod – it can prove to be useful even in 2017. With one slick app, it's absolutely possible to put music on iPod of any model and generation!
 Not only will we show you how to make it compatible with modern software but also share 3 reasons why you should definitely start using it again.

How to Put Music on iPod Classic without iTunes (also works for iPod Nano, Mini, Shuffle)

Please know: it’s been 15 years since the release of original iPod. What we’re going to show you here is truly exclusive. There are hardly any modern workarounds letting you add music to such ‘oldie’ devices like iPod Classic.

Sure, there’s iTunes – you don't need me to tell you that frequently lags while working with the original iPod or even with newer devices.
To add music to your Pod, we’ll be using WALTR 2

Watch this YouTube review of the app to learn how you can put music on iPod using this application:

Also, follow this step by step guide on how to put music on iPod Classic without iTunes: (it also works for any other iPod, iPhone, iPad you have)

Step 1. Launch WALTR 2

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, get the installation file here: WALTR. (download is free)

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It works for both: Mac and Windows.

Step 2. Connect your iPod to your computer. 

For the first-second iPod gens use FireWire cable + USB adapter. For later versions (released after 2004) use the standard USB lighting cable.

How to Put music on iPod without iTunes in 3 steps!

FYI, there's an option to transfer songs from computer to iPod wirelessly, but since not all iPod models have WIFi support, you'll need to use cords.
Once you plugged in your iPod – the application will be synchronised with the device on the spot.

Step 3. Drag & drop a music file into WALTR 2.

And here’s the nice part: you can push literally ANY music format into WALTR 2: MP3, M4A, FLAC, AIFF, APE  – does not matter. They will be converted on-the-fly and transferred to your device.

So, when you dropped your file into the application, you will see a progress bar. When it’s filled up – your song is on your iPod.

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Once you get the 'Done' message – your music is there, on your iPod! That's just how ridiculously easy it is to put music on iPod using WALTR 2!put music on Ipod without itunes

One more thing: you don’t have to put music on iPod manually song by song. Just push the whole folder into the application and all the desired files will be transferred to your device.

Support of all ‘retro’ iPods was added with the release of WALTR 2. Same quickly and easily WALTR sends any music & video files to iPhone or iPad. The only difference – it can be done wirelessly (if your device and computer are connected to the same network).

3 Reasons why you should be using iPod Classic in 2017

Starting from 2001 Apple released 7 generations of iPod Classic. Taking into account all their different and common features, we tried to come up with at least 3 reasons why you should dust off your old iPod and bring it to life again.

Reason 1: You can easily keep your iPod live and updated with WALTR 2.

We just showed you the way how to put music on iPod Classic without iTunes in a matter of seconds. This is how you can add thousands of songs on your iPod Classic almost effortlessly. 
And actually use it. Even in 2016.

Even though, it’s been discontinued and it seems like Apple is giving up on it – it’s still a great device that deserves to be used.

Reason 2: 1000 Songs in your pocket.

1000? Waaaaay more than that.

Even the very first iPod had quite a solid storage size. Debuted in 2001, there were 2 models: 5GB and 10GB. Taking into account, that there’s only music there, it’s more than enough, isn’t?
And the final 7th generation of iPod Classic has the second largest storage capacity of all the Apple mobile devices – 160 GB (40 000 songs approximately!). It’s only superseded by iPad Pro with 256 GB storage size.

Music subscription services like Apple Music or Spotify may offer millions of songs, but 160 GB of storage just for music is more than anyone will ever need. And yet it doesn’t have any monthly fee or data charges. So go ahead and put as much music on your iPod as you wish ;)

Reason 3: 36 Hours of Music non-stop.

The battery life expectancy of iPod Classic ranges from model to model, clocking up even to 36 hours of active using at its best.

This is more than sufficient to music lovers’ needs.

And you’ll agree with me that Battery life is truly an important feature.

***To make it clearer, here we prepared a brief table displaying Tech Specs of all iPod Classic models. We included data about storage size, battery life expectancy (in hours of active music playback) and connectivity.

Reason 4. Sound Quality is better than in iPod Touch & iPod Nano

(whaat? one more reason? yeah, we found even more benefits of using iPod Classic :)

Please know – it’s all subjective. But majority of audiophiles and music experts out there will agree with me: iPod classic (depending on the model) has superior audio quality than Pod touch or iPod Nano. One of the reasons is that it was designed with Wolfson music chips built-in. Whereas in iPhone or iPod touch it was Cirrus Audio chip involved.

Experts also point out iPod Classic 5,5 gen for having the best sound quality ever.
By the way, speaking about sound quality: no iPod will natively support FLAC (free/ fully lossless audio), unless you use WALTR to put music on iPod.

Reason 5. This Nostalgic feeling you get when holding an iPod Classic

Even now Apple aficionados will gladly spend the fortune to get some rare edition of iPod Classic. And it’s a no surprise, since iPod was a revolutionary product –  a true milestone in the history of Apple Inc.
For many people, it still symbolises the whole era and brings back those sweet memories connected with the older days.

And – it’s a great product.


Back in 2001, iPod was a game-changer, the tool that changed the way you listen to music once and for all. Take your iPod with you – and listen to your fave songs anywhere: on the road, in the park, in the subway – whatever!

It’s got huge storage size, great sound quality, good battery life and most importantly – there’s the way to add music from computer to iPod Classic. Despite the fact that it’s being discontinued and officially ‘abandoned’ by Apple, there is the workaround to keep it live and updated anytime you feel like it. With new WALTR 2 ability to transfer music from computer to iPod, you can easily put music on iPod Classic, Nano, Shuffle, Mini without iTunes sync.

So choice is yours, Neo: use or not to use?

Get some tunes on your iPod! 📲
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