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Josh Brown Aug 18, 2022

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

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How to put music on iPod without iTunes is a common question you will come across on the internet even in 2022. So dust off your legacy device - because it's time to take that Pod laying in a drawer somewhere out and put music on iPod in a snap!

Who says iPod is outdated? iPod has never been in-dated (if that's even a word) than now! Because the need to listen and jam to your favorite songs can NEVER be outdated. That's why you need a reliable way to put music on iPod for yourself or your loved ones.

The iPod is the most favorite toy of all of us music lovers around the world, and the legendary device will always be in fashion whether the year is 2001 or 2022! 

It's sad that Apple seems to be paying less attention to developing better iPod models. However, its new iPod Touch released in 2019 delivers even greater performance with the tweaks and updates made to its power, capability, and other functions. With the new update made to iPod Touch, Apple reminded us that the iconic iPod is not forgotten (at least not yet).

There are tons of people who still have all those ‘old school' devices laying around. So it is time to bring them out and add songs to iPod without iTunes to update your iPod playlist! The first step is to add music on iPod without iTunes.

Challenge from Softorino: Dust off your iPod – it can be useful even in 2022!! With one slick app, it is lightning fast to transfer music to iPod, any model or generation! 

In the article below, you will find how to transfer music from computer to iPod without iTunes. 

So let's start, shall we?

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How to Put Music on iPod without iTunes

Since the first iPod was released 18 years ago, and not many people use it anymore, you won't find many updated guides on How to Put Music on iPod without iTunes. Even if you do find them, they would either be outdated or would not work at all. 

So I found a quick and easy solution for you to put music on iPod Nano, iPod Classic, and iPod Shuffle.

And no, this isn't another one of those guides that require iTunes to add songs to the iPod, if that is what you were wondering. Because I know how transferring files through iTunes is a struggle. That's why it's important to be able to load music on iPod without iTunes.

So I introduce below a whole new advanced app that does the job for you in a matter of seconds! 

How does this work? Watch the video for a super quick preview:

Looking for a step-by-step guide on how to put music on iPod Classic without iTunes? 

Here you go:

Step 1. Start WALTR PRO

To add songs to iPod, you have to begin by downloading WALTR PRO. Get the installation file here:

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WALTR PRO is a free-to-download transfer tool specifically dedicated to iOS devices. You can transfer music from computer to iPod Classic, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle instantly!

Thanks to this app, you'll be able to add music to your iPod without iTunes. It works for both: Mac and Windows. And the best part is that WALTR PRO will help you sync iPod without iTunes.

Step 2. Plug your iPod into 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.

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The 1st and 2nd generations of iPods use FireWire cables whereas the later versions use standard USB lighting cable. To connect your iPods use their respective cables.

Once you have connected your iPod – the application will be synchronized with the device right away.

Note: WALTR PRO also allows you to connect your iPods wirelessly via Wi-Fi. But not all iPods have Wi-Fi, so go with your convenience. If you have an iPod touch that supports Wi-Fi, you can put songs on iPod wirelessly.

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

To easily add music to iPod, drag and drop either single song files or entire song folders into WALTR PRO and it will add music from computer to iPod Classic

What's more? You do not have to worry if your song files are in a non-compatible format for iPods because WALTR PRO converts any music format (MP3, M4A, FLAC, AIFF, APE) into an iOS compatible format ON-THE-FLY!

Once you have dropped your music files into WALTR PRO, a progress bar will appear and you will be notified as soon as your transfer has been completed. That's just how ridiculously easy it is to put music on iPod without iTunes by using WALTR RPO.

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That's it! You just learned how to put music on iPod Classic without iTunes. Copy music to iPod in entire folders and update your iPod device with the latest music.

How to Download Music on your iPod (from YouTube)

We all use YouTube as our go-to app for listening to music. Whether we are working, driving, studying, or working out, YouTube is always in use on our phones. But in order to listen to YouTube anytime and anywhere you want, you gotta have a stable internet connection. 

What if I told you that you can listen to your favorite YouTube music anytime you want on your iPod without worrying about having an internet connection? You can listen to all of your favorite podcasts, background music, tracks, and audiobooks right on your iPod. Now if you are Googling “How to put songs on iPod”, stop right there because we have already answered your question below:

With Softorino YouTube Converter 2, you can download music to iPod without iTunes at a lightning-fast speed. It is actually remarkably easy. 

Here's how it works:

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Download the Softorino YouTube Converter 2 on your MacBook for free by clicking on the download button below. The app is free to download with unlimited video and MP3 downloads on your one-day free trial.

Launch Softorino YouTube Converter 2 on your PC. Open your desired YouTube song in the in-app browser and add it to the download queue. The app will show a preview of your selected song on the top.

Next, select Audio. This will allow you to download music on your iPod in the form of an audio file. In the “Save to” option, select the device by clicking on the iPod icon. Before moving forward, make sure your iPod is connected to the PC via a cable.

Hit the "Convert and Transfer" button to download and transfer music to iPod without iTunes from YouTube.

You can put music on iPods from over 66 platforms using SYC2. Cult Of Mac confirms that SYC 2 seamlessly converts videos to Apple devices.

Interesting fact: Softorino YouTube Converter supports every single generation of iPod and iPhone. It can be downloaded for free for 24 hours. Then you can purchase a license. This license includes ALL Softorino products and is priced as a single product, learn more about "Universal License".

Now that you know how to sync iPod without iTunes, without any struggle, continue your journey of building the best music library one can think of. The sky is your limit. Well… and memory available 😅

Reasons why you should be using iPod in 2022

Apple released SEVEN generations of iPod Classic since 2001. And no, it is not outdated, at least not yet. So bring out those iPods laying around somewhere collecting dust, because we are about to tell you why you should be using iPod in 2022:

Reason 1: Update Your iPods with the Latest Music

With WALTR PRO, blow life into those old iPods laying somewhere around your house and update them with the latest music. We just showed you how to add music to iPod without iTunes. Now go ahead and download thousands of songs to your iPods at once by transferring entire folders with WALTR PRO. 

So the next time you go for a run and you want to listen to music, you won't need to bring your phone along because your iPod has got you covered.

Reason 2: Thousands of Songs in Your Pocket

Sick of getting those “Storage full” messages on your phone? Just transfer your music library to iPod and you will have more storage for other stuff in your phone, and an entire other device dedicated just for your songs.

iPod's storage has always been unbelievably huge. From 5GB to a whopping 160GB, iPods prove that you can never have too many songs. With this much storage in your iPod, you can have thousands of songs (40,00 songs in 160GB iPod), right in your pocket!

Gigantic music subscription platforms like Apple Music, YouTube 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 it can hold! 😉

Reason 3: 36 Hours of Non-Stop Music

Did you know that iPod Classic has a battery life that would last you days! The battery life expectancy of the iPod Classic ranges from model to model, clocking up even to 36 hours of active usage at its best.

Do you know what this means? A non-stop entertainment without having to worry about your iPods dying.

To make it clearer, here's a table displaying technical specifications of all iPod Classic models. We included data about storage size, battery life expectancy (in hours of active music playback), and connectivity.

Legacy iPods

Reason 4. Better Sound Quality than iPod Nano and iPod Touch

The majority of audiophiles and music experts out there agree that the iPod Classic (based on the model) has a superior audio quality than the iPod touch or iPod Nano. One of the reasons is that it was designed with Wolfson music chips built-in. Whereas the iPhone and iPod touch is equipped with a Cirrus Audio chip.

Reason 5. A Nostalgic Trip Down Your Memory Lane

Take a trip down your memory lane by holding the revolutionary iPod Classic again after years. iPod Classic was a true milestone in the history of Apple Inc. and even now Apple aficionados will gladly spend a fortune to get a rare edition of iPod Classic. That is because, for many people, it still symbolizes the whole era and brings back those sweet memories of the older days.

Wrapping Up

Now that you know that iPods aren't outdated yet, bring them back to life and update them with the latest music without having to use iTunes.

With WALTR PRO, transfer entire folders of songs to your iPod by just dragging and dropping them into the app and you will be able to listen to your favorite music without having to worry about the internet or battery life.

With better sound quality, better battery life, and better storage options, what else do you need? iPods promise a premium experience of listening to your favorite songs for longer times. 

So the choice is yours, Neo: Are you gonna stick to listening to music on your phones that have limited battery life and storage, or are you gonna switch back to your iPods that were specifically designed for the purpose of listening to music?

Let us know in the comments below! 

*The WALTR PRO app can not only convert files on your iOS device. It can also for example Transfer PDF to iPad & iPhone Without iTunes.

Also read our article in German Wie Übertrage Ich Musik auf iPod Ohne iTunes


How to Put Music on iPod Classic?

One of the best ways to listen and jam to your favorite music is through iPod Classic. But due to the byproduct philosophy of Apple, it's difficult to add your favorite music to the iPod. Don't worry; we have got you here:


  • Step 1: Install WALTR PRO on your computer
  • Step 2: Launch the app and connect your iPod Classic to your computer via USB
  • Step 3: Drop your favorite song in the drop zone of WALTR PRO
  • Step 4: Wait for a few seconds and then visit the music app on your iPod Classic How to Put Music on iPod Nano

How to Put Music on iPod Shuffle?

To put music on your iPod shuffle at lightning-fast speed, you need to download the WALTR PRO on your PC and install it. After installation, launch the application and connect your iPod to your PC via the USB or Wi-Fi option. When you are all set up, drop the song that you want to put on your iPod Shuffle in the WALTR PRO drop zone and let the application do its magic.

How to Put Music on iPod Nano?

SYC 2 (Softorino Youtube Converter 2) is perhaps the best way to put music on your iPod Nano. Here is what you need to do to put music on the iPod Nano.

  • Step 1: Install SYC 2 on your PC.
  • Step 2: Connect your iPod device with your PC via USB
  • Step 3: Open the in-app browser and search for your desired song
  • Step 4: After finding your song, hit the download button
  • Step 5: Now, wait for a few seconds and then visit the music app on your iPod Nano to find your desired song.
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