Updated: May 10th, 2019

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

How to put music on iPod Classic is a popular question even in 2019. So dust off your legacy device – here’s how to put songs on iPod Classic in a snap!

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iPod is outdated?

we say: hell no! 🔥

This legendary device is always in fashion: in 2001 or 18 years later.

Even though it seems like everyone (including Apple) is giving up on the iconic device, it should not be forgotten. There are tons of people who still have all those ‘old school’ devices laying around.

Challenge from Softorino: Dust off your iPod – it can be useful even in 2019!! With one slick app, it’s absolutely possible to put music on iPod of any model and generation! In this article, you will learn how to sync iPod without iTunes. 



How to Put Music on iPod without iTunes 

Please know: it’s been 18 years since the release of the original iPod. The workaround we’re going to show you here is truly exclusive. There aren’t many other solutions that help you put songs on retro devices like iPod Classic.

Sure, iTunes is also an option. But it often lags while working with legacy gadgets. Therefore, we’ll be using WALTR 2 to add music to your iPod Classic, Shuffle or Nano. 

How does this work? Watch the video: 

Make sure to follow the step-by-step guide below on how to put music on iPod Classic without iTunes.

Step 1. Launch WALTR 2

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, get the installation file here: 

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It works for both: Mac and Windows. The best part is that WALTR 2 will helps you sync iPod without iTunes. 

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.

put music on iPod using WALTR

First off, make sure to plug your iPod into your computer.

FYI, there’s an option to put songs on iPod wirelessly, but since not all iPod models have Wi-Fi support, you’ll need to use cords.
Once you plugged in your iPod – the application will be synchronized 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. The app will convert it on-the-fly & push it 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.

WALTR helps to add songs to iPod Classic

All you need to do is to drag your music files into the drop zone.

Congratulations! That’s just how ridiculously easy it is to put music on iPod using WALTR 2

Done! Locate your songs inside the default Music.app

One more thing: you don’t have to put music on iPod manually song by song. Just push the whole folder into the application. WALTR 2 will transfer it to your iPod immediately.

WALTR 2 supports ALL iPods ever created. 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).


How to Download Music on your iPod (from YouTube)

Look into my eyes and tell me that you don’t spend hours on YouTube. Don’t lie! It happens very often that we just forget about time and watch video blogs, tutorials, talk shows on YouTube. But there are many music videos too. And they are just perfect for listening on your iPod.

So what if you could download music on your iPod – straight from YouTube?

Sounds crazy? But it’s real.

There’s a simple way to download music on your legacy iPod from YouTube.  All it takes is a tiny app – Softorino YouTube Converter. Just connect your iPod to your computer and copy the URL. Then you can easily add music to iPod.

Here’s how this works:

The best part? Every iPod & iPhone model is supported!

You can download Softorino YouTube Converter for free and try it out for 24h, but then you will need to pay $19.95 to purchase the full license.

Besides iPods, Softorino YouTube Converter will download any video or audio to your desktop machine or iPhone. Cult Of Mac confirms that SYC 2 seamlessly converts videos to Apple devices.


Reasons why you should be using iPod in 2019

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.

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!). 

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 an iPod Touch & iPod Nano

(Whaat? One more reason? Yes! We found even more benefits of using iPod Classic 🙂

Please know – it’s all subjective. But the 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 the iPhone and iPod touch is equipped with Cirrus Audio chip.

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 symbolizes the whole era and brings back those sweet memories connected with the older days.

And – it’s a great product. And now you know how to put music on iPod shuffle without iTunes


Back in 2001, the 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 Apple discontinued the iPod and officially ‘abandoned’ it, 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 the choice is yours, Neo: use or not to use?








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18 thoughts on “How to Put Music on iPod Classic, Nano, Shuffle without iTunes”

  1. Kurt says:

    I can’t get this to work with Apple iTunes Version, iPod Classic 160GB, and my iMac with OS Mojave Version 10.14.3.

    As soon as I connect the iPod to the iMac, it wants to sync with iTunes. I then disabled the auto-sync in iTunes and tried again. Then the iPod appears in WALTR 2. I drag a music file/folder to WALTR 2 and then the iPod disappears from the WALTR 2 display, then it shows “Connect your iPhone, iPad. or iPod via USB” and “Also searching for devices via Wi-Fi. I disconnected my iPhone and iPad from Wi-Fi so they wouldn’t be discovered by WALTR 2. The iPod doesn’t re-appear back in WALTR 2 unless I disconnect and start over. I can’t find the transferred music files on the iPod. Frustrating because I can’t find additional instructions on the website.

    1. Julia says:

      Hi Kurt. Sorry for the delay. I forwarded your case to our tech support team. They will get in touch with you in no time. Thanks for your patience.

  2. Big Al says:

    To install itunes from apple. I have to uninstall itunes from Microsoft version. Will I lose all my music from the Microsoft to the Apple version.

    1. Julia says:

      Hey there 🙂 Nope, if you sign into your iTunes library, using your Apple ID you will not lose your music. Let us know how everything works out.

  3. BigAl says:

    So if I put AIFF files thru your program I can install that AIFF files into my classic ipod and not convert to a smaller files like AAC from tunes. This program will keep AIFF size files.

    1. Julia says:

      Yeah, that’s correct. You can also test this during the trial period. We will extend your trial period if needed.

      1. Gabe says:

        I have a used ipod nano 3rd gen. How do I get it to factory reset??

        1. Julia says:

          Hi Gabe!

          Apple has a troubleshooting guide on this >> https://www.apple.com/asia/support/ipod/five_rs/classic/index.html#

          Check it out & let us know if it worked. WALTR does not help you restore the factory settings but it will help you add any music in there even now.

  4. Gina says:

    I used WALTR 2 transfer approx 500 songs to my ipod classic 5th generation. Spent 2 hours doing this. Went to play my iPod and its skipping EVERY SINGLE SONG!!! However, the songs play just fine on iTunes. HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPP. It just blows right through every one

    1. Julia says:

      Hi Gina! Sorry that you are having troubles. Did you use iTunes for transferring the songs? Please try to switch your iPod off and on again and then play them again.

      Also, does this happen if you transfer just 1-2 songs?

  5. Drew says:

    After trying both Waltr 2 and the Youtube Converter, I’m disappointed to say neither works with older gen iPods, which is what this entire article is about. I don’t know why Softorino would post an article knowing it’s false?

    1. Julia says:

      Hi there Drew!

      Sorry that you have issues with our apps. WALTR & SYC (Mac) work fine with all iPods.Why would we state otherwise? This just doesn’t make sense.

      Can you please describe what exactly is not working out for you? Did WALTR detect your iPod?

  6. Jake says:

    This works like magic! Thanks!

    Just like you described:  I opened up WALTR, connected my iPod, dropped the music inside. That’s it! Nothing else required. Honestly, I was looking for something like this for years. I can’t believe how complicated iTunes is comparing to your solution.

    My iPod was laying around for years and I’m glad I was able to put it to good use. To top this, WALTR works great will all my other Apple devices, which is a huge bonus. Thanks for your nice work & keep it up!

    1. Julia says:

      Thanks so much, Jake! Glad it all worked out for you. Let us know if there are any questions!

  7. Zoe says:

    Does this work on iPod nano 5th gen?

    1. Natali says:

      Hi Zoe!
      Sure, all the legacy iPods are supported. 🙂

  8. Stan Molchanov says:

    When I plug in my 5th gen 80G ipod, this message pops up: “Unhandled exception has occurred in a component in your application. If you click Continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue. The parameter is incorrect.” Clicking continue doesn’t do anything and Windows tells me I need to format the Disk in drive D before I can use it. :/

    1. Julia says:

      Hi Stan! Thanks for the info. Please contact our support team to solve this issue at support@softorino.com. Thank you!