Convert music on ipod to USB to play onboard.

Convert music on ipod to USB to play onboard.

So I have an old iPod with many songs organized into folders. If I copy the directory to a USB, none of the songs/files info tags offing title or artist copy's over. I end up with folders with meaningless titles. I do not currently use any music organization software like iTunes. Suggestions for getting information of artist and song title to match files I copy onto the USB?

Hodas | 09/08/2013

How did the music get on the ipod in the first place.

As far as I recall, the Tesla ignores the folder structure of the USB stick and organizes by the information in the ID3 tags on each file.

Warkovision | 09/08/2013

So you somehow didn't use iTunes to import/convert to the mp3s/4s into your iPod? I don't own an iPod myself but I used iTunes to import all of my cds, and just dragged podcasts, and iTunes and Amazon audio files onto a USB flash drive from my Mac and all the pertinent information like Artist/Album/Artwork/Song seemed to transfer.

SCOOBY | 09/08/2013

iTunes will only give you the option to copy your iTunes Store purchases directly from an iPod to the computer.

For everything else (music from CDs, other downloads etc) there are a number of third party utilities that you can use to retrieve the music files and playlists from your iPod. You'll find that they have varying degrees of functionality and some will transfer movies, videos, photos, podcasts and games as well.

A selection of iPod to iTunes utilities:
TuneJack Windows Only (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
SharePod Windows Only (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
iPod2PC Windows Only
iDump Windows Only
YamiPod Mac and Windows
iPod Music Liberator Mac & Windows
Floola Mac & Windows
iPodRip Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
iPod Music Liberator Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
Music Rescue Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
iGadget Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
iRepo Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
iPod Access Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)
TouchCopy Mac & Windows (iPhone and iPod Touch compatible)

pencil2man | 10/08/2013

Any suggestions for converting m4p (and m4a?) files to mp3 so they too can be played?

SCOOBY | 10/08/2013

Model S supports Mp3, AAC and MP4 so you should be fine.

pencil2man | 10/08/2013

I am not sure It plays m4p purchased music thru iTunes.

jq5073 | 10/08/2013

Buy music through It's DRM-free, MP3 format, and much more portable for a variety of devices. I've never bought an "iTune".

SCOOBY | 10/08/2013

All songs offered by the iTunes Store now come without DRM protection. These DRM-free songs, called iTunes Plus, have no usage restrictions and feature high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding.
If you have older iTunes Store purchases that are now available as iTunes Plus downloads, you may upgrade your existing purchases. See the instructions in the iTunes Store. | 10/08/2013

1) iTunes does not have DRM anymore and has not had for a while.
2) If you want to convert your m4p tracks, the easiest way is subscribe the iTunes Match which will remove the DRM and also give you a higher bit rate to boot--basically you re-download new, unprotected versions of your tracks. The free way is to make a playlist(s) of your m4p tracks, burn them to an Audio CD, then reimport them in the format of your choice.

You do not mention if you are using a PC or a Mac, but on a Mac:
1. Connect your USB stick and open it in a Finder window
2. Open iTunes and select the music you want to move
3. Drag your selections from iTunes to the Finder window
4. Once the copying is done, eject the USB stick in Finder


TeslaEV | 10/08/2013

I've used Realplayer 's converter to convert the songs from m4v or m4p to mp3 format.There are other ones too but I don't remember the names.

ian | 10/08/2013

Sorry if this has been covered in other threads I've only been partially paying attention to these music file discussions. Can you not just connect the iPod via USB?

I've got a classic with my whole library on it.

How about AIFF format? I've downloaded most of my CD's in this format.


SCOOBY | 10/08/2013

If you have an old iPod that supports target disk mode then you may be able to get it to work. But the user experience won't be great and the AIFF format (which was developed 30 years ago) may be a problem. It's probably a better idea to convert your library to a more modern format and burn to a cheap flash drive.

earlyretirement | 03/09/2013

omarsultan (or anyone else),

Can you describe the process to "redownload songs" from iTunes Match?

Here's my deal. I have bought tons of songs from Itunes over the past many years. Many of those songs won't play in my Model S. So I found this post and took your suggestion to buy the iTunes match which I've done.

I guess on the older songs it has some protection on so I can't listen in my car. The goal is to get the new songs and then redownloaded and then copied to my USB stick. What's the easiest way to do that?


earlyretirement | 03/09/2013

Ah, I think I got it. I have to download/remove the old songs from my Itunes and then it will allow me to re-download it?

brian | 06/09/2013

This is a major wish list items for me. It was a little disappointing to see they don't have an iPod/iPhone interface on the touchscreen. Even a basic car CD player from BestBuy will allow you to browse your library and change titles, fast forward, etc. I was told by the service tech it's a licensing issue with Apple, but if that's the case how can a cheap $60 car audio system do it?

kenneth.chapman | 06/09/2013

Ouch. Didn't realize this limitation. Main reason I started looking at a new car was because my Volvo xc90 had absolutely horrible tech (physical numerical buttons for dialing???). But at least it takes my iPod and recognizes my genius playlists, etc...

Are you guys saying I have to use some workaround using basic folders and id3 to organize stuff now? Has everyone just migrated to Slacker for primary media on the S?

Surprised this hasn't been addressed in an update - to me this is way more important than crap like creep.

GeirT | 06/09/2013

@ kenneth.chapman


No seamless transfer between the iPod/iPhone/iTunes library including play lists, is appalling. Must have been an overlook in the hustle and bustle of setting up a new car company. Expect this shall be addressed by TM shortly. The music experience in the car is if not the most prioritised issue it is really, really close to be.

sergiyz | 07/09/2013

It also plays FLAC files (lossless compression), so you can export to that as well, especially if you rip your CDs in lossless format (apple lossless or otherwise)

Dukecat | 24/09/2013

I copied the music from my iPod to a folder on my desktop, but all of the song files are within separate folders themselves, or multiple folders if songs from the same artist were in different albums. In order to transfer the files to a USB flash drive for listening in the Tesla, do I need to now manually go into each folder - there are hundreds, if not thousands - and individually drag and drop? Can I drag all of the folders at once and will they present properly in the car so that I can move from song file to song file without having to navigate through numerous folders? Any other options? Car hasn't arrived yet, so I can't experiment with different approaches.

Gizmotoy | 24/09/2013

It sounds like if your ID3 tags are correct, it doesn't matter what the folder structure is. If they're not, you have some work ahead of you.

margratecook | 20/07/2015

iTunes is a wonderful way to transfer your purchases from iPod to computer/Mac including music.Plug your iPod into youe new computer using the Apple USB connection cable that came with it.
Launch iTunes and select the iPod from the "Devices". Locate the information labeled "Options" and select the box marked "Enable disk use." Click "OK."
Click the Windows Start button and click on "Computer" in the right column of the Start menu that opens. Double-click the icon for the iPod device in the Windows Explorer file browser window that opens.
Select the "Tools" menu and click "Folder Options." Press the "View" tab, and check the box marked "Show hidden files and folders."
Open the directory named "iPod_Controls," which is located in the main file folder of the iPod. View the subfolder named "Music." Select the "Edit" menu, and choose "Select All."
Drag and drop the selected files and folders to a convenient location on the computer, such as the "My Music" folder. Wait for all of the files to transfer from the iPod.
Click "File" and then "Add Folder to Library," both in iTunes. Select the folder that contains all of the transferred music, and click "Import." The music files from the iPod is added to the iTunes library. Thus, you can convert music with USB with iTunes.

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