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Transfer songs from iPhone to PCHaving an iPod or iPhone is great because you can carry your favorite music anywhere. The problem comes when you want to copy any of those songs from the Apple device onto your computer: iTunes simply doesn't let you do it.

So here I was, with tons of cool music from my home PC loaded into my brand new iPhone and totally unable to save it to the office PC! I was sure there had to be some way round this absurd limitation... and yes, there is one! After doing some Google research I finally came up with a solution to transfer songs from iPod Touch or iPhone to the computer and viceversa. It's fast, easy and best of all, free.

This trick works with Winamp, but requires you to have iTunes on your system as well because it installs a special USB driver that enables communication between the iPhone and the computer. Once you have both apps installed, download and install the ml_iPod plugin for Winamp too and follow these simple steps:

  1. Close iTunes – if it's running – and launch Winamp.
  2. Plug your iPhone to the computer with the USB cable.
  3. Winamp will show a small window saying "Transfer of metadata". When this window closes, the iPhone music library will appear on the Winamp Media Library under "Devices".
  4. Now you can freely copy songs from the iPhone to the computer by selecting those files on the iPhone list and choosing "Copy to Hard Drive" in the context menu. Syncing also works the other way round: select files on your local media library and transfer them to the iPhone by selecting the "Send to" option in the context menu.
  5. When you're done, eject the iPhone from Winamp. Now you'll have to force the iPhone to reload the song database (otherwise it would use a cached one). Simply launch the iPod application and then press the Home button for about five seconds until you return to the home screen. Then launch the iPod tool again and your newly transferred songs will be right there. Enjoy!

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  • salli |
    05/03/08
    salli

    softonik makin ngetop

  • Sarah |
    07/03/08
    Sarah

    My hard drive crashed. Thank you for this!!!

  • christina |
    28/03/08
    christina

    where does the music go after you copy the songs to the hard drive?

  • Tomas |
    28/03/08
    Tomas

    Hi Christina! They're saved in the folder you specify in Winamp's preferences. Open the Preferences menu by pressing Ctrl+P in Winamp and go to iPod Support > Transfers. Then click on the Download tab and there you'll be able to set a destination folder for the songs you copy from the iPhone to the hard drive.

  • jack |
    27/04/08
    jack

    supwer

  • Daria |
    03/07/08
    Daria

    That was awesome .. Thnx so much!

  • The Captain |
    05/08/08
    The Captain

    This destroys 2.0/3G iPhones - beware!

  • Tomas |
    05/08/08
    Tomas

    Hi The Captain! I'm not sure what you mean by "destroys". I've used this trick with my first generation iPhone updated with the 2.0 firmware and it works perfectly well.

  • Leandro |
    07/08/08
    Leandro

    Watch out! You should change the preferences before you ripp any music off otherwise by default it will fill your C: drive with loads of folders, one for each artist you're copying.

  • Leandro |
    08/08/08
    Leandro

    Another word of advice: All the music and videos on my phone were wipped out after I used this sofware. It's not really a big deal as they are all backed up on my computer, but it was a bit of a pain to have to re-format the phone and restore it to the latest saved backup. I think Apple must have done something in the latest patch to stop this plug-in from working. I'm using a 3G, version 2.0.1

  • fuck |
    08/08/08
    fuck

    what the hell why did my ipod song list albaphetical order mess up, now the order is p,z,.,n,.,123,etc. help me

  • arghie |
    28/08/08
    arghie

    how do you transfer songs/videos/pictures from computer to iphone?

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    31/08/08
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  • Tomas |
    01/09/08
    Tomas

    arghie: it's as easy as synchronizing that content with iTunes.

  • ben |
    21/12/08
    ben

    this doesnt work at all. winamp doesnt detect my iphone at all. winamp doesnt even have the ipod controlls it says it has. somebody tell me what the hell is wrong?

  • Tomas |
    29/12/08
    Tomas

    Hi Ben,

    did you install the ml_iPod plug-in for Winamp as explained in the post?

  • Alec |
    08/01/09
    Alec

    Yeah, this method doesn't work with 3g iPhones.

  • cbhaa |
    31/01/09
    cbhaa

    thank you very much that really helped me :)

  • JJ |
    31/01/09
    JJ

    Thank you so much! This is way easier than using SSH, or any of the other things

    now my transfer to my new computer is fast and easy!

  • Stefan |
    07/02/09
    Stefan

    Whauwwww, it works!!! I have recover all songs from my iphone to my new PC.

    Thanks for hint.

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  • JC |
    27/02/09
    JC

    This worked great for getting the song off my iphone 3G and back onto my computer, but when I tried to synch the phone with itunes after it returned an error message saying, "iTunes cannot read the contents of the iPhone". I was required to restore to factory defaults.

    In my paticular case it wasn't a big deal as I was doing this right before swapping phones for a dead pixel and my most recent synch was recent - nothing lost, but I would recommend that others make sure they are ready to perform a restore before following these instructions.

  • Josh |
    06/03/09
    Josh

    Hi Elena,

    I also have a first generation Iphone upgraded to 2.2 jailbroken and unlocked. I installed the ml plugin for my winamp 5.5.5. I see and can do everything you said is required. My problem is that when I select all my songs and click 'copy to hard drive' it finds either errors for all my files and skips some songs. What 2 do? Please help me out, thanks in advance.

  • Josh |
    06/03/09
    Josh

    Elena never mind I think I solved the problem.

    Restarting my pc was the trick ;)

    Thanks a lot. This means that I can make Winamp my preferred music player by choise now, in stead of being obligated to use iTunes.

    Thank you again!!

  • Tomas |
    06/03/09
    Tomas

    Hey Josh,

    You're welcome! I'm glad you could solve it :)

  • lauren |
    20/03/09
    lauren

    hi i can't download the ipod thingy after winamp?? it comes up as a blank link..

  • Scourge |
    03/04/09
    Scourge

    Thanks, this was a real help. Although, the "copy to hard drive" instruction confuzzled me for a while (I didn't know where to look for it, untill I accidently right clicked, lmao). Maybe include some pictures next time? It would help :D

    <3, Scourge.

  • Sophie |
    11/04/09
    Sophie

    ahh thannnk you so much. i was looking for that for month. well. im still not sure how i really copy my songs from teh hard drive to itunes cuz now my songs are all over the place and i dont wanna click on every song to copy it into itunes

  • err |
    16/04/09
    err

    hey! my hard disc crashed a few days ago and i don't want to select every single song that i chose for my iphone i tried your tip but i couldn't find anything named "devices" on winamp(i'm using ver.5.551) is there any way i can do it?!?!?!

  • Ricky |
    28/04/09
    Ricky

    with my iPhone 3G worked perfectly! Thank u so much ;)

  • Sarah.J.Lee |
    06/05/09
    Sarah.J.Lee

    Dear Elena Santos,

    Does ipod support ml 3.08 for winamp supports jailbroken & upgraded iphone (2.2.1) to transfer music files to computer?

    Will anything be spoilt after that? I still need my itunes for downloading applications...

  • liz |
    11/05/09
    liz

    Thanks....took a while too figure out since the instructions arent that clear and alot of stuff is never explained had to search around a lot but thanks either way

  • Sarah |
    17/05/09
    Sarah

    works great for music i'm sure, but is there any way to get my pictures from my iphone (along with music, ringtones, apps, etc.) to my new computer?

  • CaptainAS |
    20/05/09
    CaptainAS

    Thanks worked with my 3G too. Only thing is that you have a folder for every artist, but no problem. Thanks for the great program.

  • Gilly |
    24/05/09
    Gilly

    Thanks really helped me

  • Hugh Jizdonmi |
    27/05/09
    Hugh Jizdonmi

    so i got winamp and the ipod support ml 3.08...but everytime i plus in my iphone it goes "transfer of metadata 1/6-5/6 then winamp crashes so far out of 10 attempts ive gotten 6/6 once.....why is that any wasy to make it more consistent....

    Anways say i get it to work again.... how do i transfer the songs to my comp... i did as written"......those files on the iPhone list and choosing “Copy to Hard Drive” in the context menu" but all i get is folders with no music inside......

  • Sharath |
    11/06/09
    Sharath

    Hey

    Thanks a ton this was really helpful and it really works.

  • Rafael |
    12/06/09
    Rafael

    Worked perfectly... awesome... pretty easy too!!!! thanks for this!!!

  • an |
    16/06/09
    an

    This is great! My computer had just crashed and I'm spending my summer abroad! this is exactly what I needed before unlocking my phone... perfeeect

  • Jeff |
    01/07/09
    Jeff

    Thank you so much! This just saved me!!

  • Ingrid |
    16/07/09
    Ingrid

    I moved some songs from my computer to the iphone but when I try to play it, I can't find the songs that were just copied over. any ideas?

  • Nicole |
    15/08/09
    Nicole

    thks :) but now i have a problem. all my songs are in winamp, but how can i paste it actually ON my deskyop?

  • Sfbluenight |
    18/08/09
    Sfbluenight

    How about iphone 3GS ? I can't do it because I don't see the option "Transfer of metadata”. When this window closes, the iPhone music library will appear on the Winamp Media Library under “Devices”. It doesn't read anything from my Iphone. Please help.

  • Justin Hamilton |
    30/08/09
    Justin Hamilton

    This absolutely works for IPhone 3G, 3.0 Firmware. I used it to restore from my IPhone 3g into my ITunes Library. Yes, it does save everything to the root of your C drive in nice little folders named for each of the artists/albums, but you can re-import these folders back into ITunes and it works, and it's great!

  • Shivakumar Auradi |
    23/09/09
    Shivakumar Auradi

    Hi Dude, Nice Idea, it seems we can hack all data's from i-phone to My Computer Nice man I will post how to transfer Videos and pictures from i-phone to computer soon........

  • jakkmove |
    11/10/09
    jakkmove

    doesn't work with 3gs 3.x...

  • john |
    25/10/09
    john

    i can't find the proper plugin for my i phone

  • curtis |
    30/10/09
    curtis

    I think we can all say that the people at APLLE are ASSHOLES!!

  • iphone |
    03/11/09
    iphone

    Thank you so mch! this is great!

  • sohrab |
    04/11/09
    sohrab

    plz help!! i cant get devices in ma winamp library!!! sumone help ae!!

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