How to Transfer Videos from iPod to Computer

Technically you cannot transfer videos specifically from your iPod to your computer without downloading or buying third party software. However, this guide will help you to transfer all the files from your iPod, into your iTunes library; after doing this, you should be able to identify which files are video files, and locate them in your system’s iTunes folder.

You will need

  • iPod
  • iTunes
  • Computer



  1. Connect iPod to computer using an Apple iPod USB or Firewire cable; if iTunes opens and asks you if you would like to sync your iPod with the iTunes library click NO.
  2. Open My Computer on Windows computers and look for the iPod drive.
  3. In Windows Vista: Open the iPod drive > Organise > Folder and Search Options > View > Show Hidden Files and Folders.
  4. In Windows XP: Open iPod drive and click Tools > Folder Options > View Tab > Show Hidden Files and Folders > Apple.
  5. Open the folder named ipod_control and you should see folders with the following names: Calendars, contacts, ipod_ control, notes and photos.
  6. Open the second ipod_control folder > Music Folder; copy each of those folders onto your computer by creating a folder on your desktop and dragging the files into it.
  7. Open iTunes and insert the new desktop folder into: Library > Music.
  8. Sync your iPod to this new library; you should not lose any of your music files.


  1. Search the internet for third party applications that may make this task easier, and prepare to pay a fee.


  • Sync your iPod with your library until you have a copy of all your music on your computer.