1. mstrblueskys's Avatar
    Hey iMore - I just inherited an iPad through work on one condition: I had to get all of the previous owner's music off before I reset the device. As an Android/Windows user, I figured I'd have an iPad in about a minute and a half. No such luck. iTunes doesn't allow it and there's no good way to explore the files system of an iOS device. Rats. After a lot of awful software and adware and freemium and hacks, I found something that works for free for as much music as you have. No limits - just free. Here's how I did it.

    What you need:

    iOS device
    Windows Computer
    USB Sync cable
    iTunes - iTunes - Download iTunes Now - Apple
    Media Monkey Free - MediaMonkey Download
    A 'dump' folder in your "C:" drive

    What you need to do:

    1) Make sure both iTunes and Media Monkey Free are installed
    2) Open iTunes and sign in to the same iTunes account on your computer and iOS device
    3) Agree on both the computer and the iOS device to allow communication
    4) Open Media Monkey Free
    5) In the navigation pane on the left, select the drop down for your iOS device
    6) Click on "Music"
    7) Your songs on your iOS device should now be displayed in the main box
    8) Select all songs (right click in song box and press Ctrl+A)
    9) Left click over your selected songs
    10) Select the "Send to" menu
    11) Find the 'Drop' folder you made in "C:" in the "Folder (copy)" menu
    *Note: this will give you a folder with a bunch of 4 letter music files*

    Congrats! Your music is officially off your iOS device. Now let's get it organized

    12) Get back into iTunes
    13) Click the dropdown in the upper left of iTunes and open Preferences
    14) Click the Advanced button at the top of preferences
    15) Check the box for "Keep iTunes media folder organized"
    16) Check the box for "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library"
    17) Select all your music files in your 'Drop' folder and drag it into iTunes
    *depending on how much music you have, this could take a pile of time*
    18) Go back into the advanced preferences to see where your iTunes folder is
    19) Get to that folder in File Explorer using the path from iTunes (you can copy it)

    Awesome! You'll notice iTunes is automatically organizing all your music by artist and renaming the files to be the name of the song!

    Apple made it a challenge to do this, but with this method you can get all your music off your iOS device and on to your computer. Now do yourself a favor and back that music up into the cloud so you never have to do that again!

    Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
    pkcable likes this.
    04-01-2016 10:44 AM
  2. zocster's Avatar
    Thanks for the writeup. It is handy for sure!
    mstrblueskys likes this.
    04-01-2016 01:39 PM

Similar Threads

  1. General settings: is there an options to receive private messages?
    By tom_55 in forum General Apple News & Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-15-2016, 02:31 PM
  2. Official Apple Cases for the silver?
    By iMore Question in forum iPhone 6s
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 04-05-2016, 07:13 AM
  3. On the new iPad Pro, will the Pencil charge the same way?
    By iMore Question in forum iPad Pro Series
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-01-2016, 09:25 PM
  4. Will the camera on the new iPad Pro record in 4k?
    By iMore Question in forum iPad Pro Series
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-01-2016, 05:53 PM
  5. How to extract a still shot from a Live Photo
    By iMore.com in forum iMore.com News Discussion & Contests
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-01-2016, 10:12 AM