How to use Winamp to manage your iPod

This brief tutorial will show you how to use Winamp to manage your iPod.

Note: this post is part of the 10 Alternatives to iTunes for managing your iPod overview.

  1. First, make sure to enable disk use on your iPod by connecting it and opening iTunes (if it doesn’t auto-launch). Select your iPod and then click the Settings tab. Scroll down to the Options section and remove the check from the box labeled Open iTunes when this iPod is attached. Then place a check in the Enable disk use box (if it isn’t checked already). Click Apply.
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  3. Exit out of iTunes, and confirm that your iPod has now mounted itself as a drive.
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  5. Download and install Winamp if you haven’t yet. If you opt to create a custom installation, make sure to leave the iPod support selection in Portable Media Player Support (which is a part of the Winamp Library) checked.
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  7. Launch Winamp and if the Media Library window doesn’t appear, select View and then Media Library.
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  9. In the left column of the Media Library window, select your iPod from the Portables list. Any files currently on your iPod will be displayed.
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  11. To add music to your iPod, open the Playlist window, add some songs to it and then right-click those songs. From the pop-up menu select Send to: and then choose your iPod.
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  13. You’ll see a percentage status indicator as the files are sent to your iPod.
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  15. The files listed on your iPod may not refresh on their own. Just click Portables
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  17. … and then click your iPod again. All of the files you just sent to your iPod will now be listed.
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  19. You can eject your iPod right from within Winamp by clicking the Eject button in the bottom right corner of the Media Library window.
{ 139 comments… add one }
  • Avi July 8, 2007, 9:17 am

    What about subscriptions to Podcasts, Video podcasts, and purchases from the iTunes music store. Can it handle all that too?

  • hobnob July 8, 2007, 3:39 pm

    this tutorial is obviously aimed at anyone that just wants to load their mp3’s onto the iPod. straightforward no questions asked

  • Ross McKillop July 8, 2007, 3:44 pm


    Correct. There are so many features to Winamp that trying to cover them all would be far too time consuming. If you include the hundreds (thousands?) of plugins, it would take a lifetime.

    It’s also a part of a larger ‘overview’ on iTunes alternatives that I’m going to publish later tonight/early tomorrow.

  • Eitan July 9, 2007, 1:24 am

    In the past I have used this feature, although be it you needed to install the plugin, on a number of occasions it corrupted my ipod. Hss this been noted or addressed in any way ?

  • Ross McKillop July 9, 2007, 1:40 am


    It depends on how far back in the past you used this feature.. I reviewed the release notes for the last few versions of Winamp and found the following:

    Winamp 5.34:
    Fixed: [pmp_ipod] Incompatibility with iTunes 7.1

    Winamp 5.31:
    * Fixed: [ml_pmp/pmp_ipod/pmp_usb] ‘no disc in drive’ error message

    Winamp 5.3
    * New: [pmp_ipod] gapless playback support on newer models
    * Improved: [enc_aacplus] saves itunes/ipod-compatible gapless information
    * Improved: [pmp_ipod] support for iTunesLock
    * Fixed: [pmp_ipod] Artist list on iPod not sorting “The” correctly

    Winamp 5.22
    * Improved: [pmp_ipod] Loading times for iPods reduced

    Winamp 5.21
    * Fixed: [ml_ipod] and [pmp_ipod] conflict

    So it sure looks like they’re constantly improving the iPod integration.

    With that said, generally iTunes does not like to ‘play nice’ with ANY other software when it comes to managing your iPod. If you sync it with anything other than iTunes, the next time your iPod is plugged in and iTunes is running, it’ll try and “fix” the problems. That can involve wiping out whatever is currently on your iPod. Once you make a decision to use something other than iTunes to manage your iPod, it’s a pretty good idea to stick with that thing. Or, make sure to keep everything backed up so doing a restore isn’t too much of a hassle.

  • Eitan July 9, 2007, 2:18 am

    If i recall i used the ml_ipod plugin or something of that nature which i see they did address in version 5.21

    Will certainly give it a try again, my music is backed up for such occasions. iTunes is a joke when it comes to usability.


  • Harvey July 9, 2007, 8:50 am

    Indeed, winamp integrated ml_ipod a few versions back to give all winamp users ipod & portable player support, and its pretty stable now.

    However ml_ipod has continued independent development since the integration and if you find like using winamp to manage your ipod, I strongly advise you to go download the newest version of ml_ipod (currently version 3) from

    no i don;t work for them, but I liked this new version so much, I donated some of my hard earned cash.

  • uneasy rhetoric July 9, 2007, 9:51 pm

    If you use your iPod for a lot of podcasts, download and use ml_ipod instead of Winamp’s built-in ipod support. The most recent version of the ml_ipod plugin is far superior to Winamp’s built-in support.

  • ben666 July 17, 2007, 5:02 am
    exellent art display for winamp

  • Pedro Canuto August 1, 2007, 8:36 pm

    I fucking hate iTunes, it lags all the time, it crashes and its a pain in the ass to use it… takes a lot of time to do simple stuff.

  • Julia September 11, 2007, 4:32 pm

    Thanks a bunch for this! I abhor iTunes as it would not cooperate whenever I tried to do simple things, and this just made my life a heck of a lot easier. Kudos.

  • chris September 27, 2007, 2:03 pm

    How do i get this to work with iPod Classic 160gb?

  • eratosthenes October 16, 2007, 3:05 pm

    wow. this makes me very, very happy. i find itunes to be invasive and irritating. i know it’s irrational, but hey.

  • winston October 18, 2007, 10:21 pm

    no more itunes

  • Jim December 4, 2007, 11:16 am

    I have the same question concerning the 160Gb. I used Anapod Explorer on my old iPods, but it did not work with the 160Gb model. Is there something “different” about the 160?

  • Denis April 2, 2008, 9:15 am

    Thank you Ross for this tutorial. I can’t wait to get home and enable Disk Use in the hope that I can ultimately get rid of an extremely sluggish and time-consuming Itune.

    I own a 160GB Classic and have purchased Red Chair Anapod without careful reading and now to think that I can get this business done from the confort of my favorite interface (Winamp)is very conforting. Thanks again.

  • chuck April 6, 2008, 5:29 am

    I have a very large music collection (>400 gigs). Which alternative is the fastest: winamp, itunes, floola, yamipod, mediamonkey or other using a 5th gen ipod?? Thanx

  • Dustin April 13, 2008, 10:05 am

    Thank you for posting this! My iTunes crashed about a year ago and refused to start back up, so I’ve been stuck with the same songs for quite some time!

    Thank you

  • Fred Banionis April 16, 2008, 5:20 pm

    Nice one, but I have a question.
    I need iTunes installed anyway?

  • Ross McKillop April 16, 2008, 5:52 pm

    @Fred Banionis:

    Nope. Don’t need iTunes on your computer at all.


  • Eegzz April 17, 2008, 7:01 am

    Winamp does not recognize ipod, it used to before. I have the ipod plugin, the computer recognizes the ipod, should i reinstall winamp?

  • Samuel April 23, 2008, 12:12 pm

    Hi, say when adding songs, can you save playlists and send em as playlists? Or is the only way of sending songs to ipods through winamp restricted to 1 way and then having to go into your ipod manually to create the playlists. (Because personally it’s easier to arrange playlists on the computer than on the ipod) I seperate all my songs into Trance Folder, HipHop folder, Korean folder and Slow folder. THANK YOU!

  • Sunil April 23, 2008, 7:35 pm

    This totally rocks, thanks. Next step, kill iTunes.

  • Ultimecia April 25, 2008, 12:07 pm


    When the iTunes starts out, it check if you have all the mp3 you have on your iPod are on your PC, and if it can’t find it, it’s going to delete the one on your iPod.
    It may be a stupid question, but just for the sake of don’t having a bad time: Winamp do the same too or it don’t care if you don’t have the mp3 anymore?

  • TBC May 21, 2008, 5:57 am

    Will this work with out iTunes installed?

    My problem is I can’t even get iTunes installed, so I’m not sure how I would do that first step “enable disk use” set. Will Winamp not work without doing that?


  • TBC May 21, 2008, 6:01 am

    My problem is the iTunes installation. If I can not set that “enable disk use” via iTunes, will I not be able to use the Winamp either?

    iTunes is HORRIBLE!

  • kris May 22, 2008, 6:31 am

    it doesnt seem to work on my ipod nano, does anyone know why? ive followed the steps but once i eject it and check, it says zero music. it doesnt seem to recognize any of them, even though when i check it on my computer, the folders all seem to have the music as it should (under the F00 etc folders) anyone know how to get it to work?

  • davenport nice May 25, 2008, 3:04 pm

    will winamp work with 160 classic? Been looking at poddox, is there a reliable program that can create playlists and transfer music to and from my PC?

  • Alex May 31, 2008, 12:46 am

    Thank you for this simple tutorial. You have no idea how much i hate iTunes.

  • davenport nice May 31, 2008, 2:22 am

    Been using winamp (with latest ml_ipod plug in) now for a few days with my 6G classic and new nano…both work fine…

  • Jerms01 June 18, 2008, 1:11 pm

    Do any of these prevent duplicate songs from being copied into the playlists? Say I have a Hip Hop playlist with many artist. When I add tracks to an existing artist some time 20 or 30 songs per artist its hard to tell what is already there and some are in multiple playlists. It would just be nice and easy to drag the artist and just have it add the songs that are missing.

  • batman June 19, 2008, 6:42 am

    when i download songs onto my ipod from winamp, when i eject my ipod, that songs arent in order alphabetically is there any way that i can make them go in order

  • roti June 19, 2008, 1:26 pm


  • desperate July 16, 2008, 7:13 pm

    so i did all this, the songs are in my ipod but they don’t play… whats up with this and how can i fix it???

  • kimz July 19, 2008, 6:55 pm

    I have tried adding songs & videos to my ipod nano 3rd generation (4GB) using itunes to no avail. It always ends up being empty after ejecting. What should I do?

  • rogelio July 25, 2008, 9:32 pm

    i didnt knew u had to have itns to made ipod har drvie thanks

  • ec July 29, 2008, 9:15 am

    In the hopes you get notified when comments are made…..How did you solve your problem. My 80gig classic was working fine with Winamp 5.54, but I upgraded the ipod software, using itunes to version 1.2.1. since then winamp doesn’t recognize the ipod. the computer(win2000 srvc 4) sees the ipod in disk mode, as a drive letter.
    I’ve gotten rid of pmp_ipod.dll & replaced it with the newest version of ml_ipod.dll found here

  • DevlshOne August 7, 2008, 1:00 pm

    An alternative to iTunes… hallelujah.

  • Jemma August 21, 2008, 3:46 pm

    Thanks so much, I hate iTunes with a fiery passion so it is awesome to be able to manage my iPod in my beloved Winamp XD

  • cip August 24, 2008, 1:18 am

    si eu am un IPhon si nu stiu cu pot sa bag clipuri video ,TV

  • Robb August 28, 2008, 12:32 pm

    Unfortunately, Apple has disabled the “Enable disk use” feature in the 2.0.2. version. Yet another step in Apples’ attempt to limit in what way the consumer can manage their content. Faschism, anyone?

  • Brent August 28, 2008, 2:30 pm

    So can I install itunes on some shit computer that I never want to use again, set my ipod to “enable disk use”, and then copy songs to my ipod with winamp on another, non-itunes-infected computer? And there’s no retarded “syncing” crap with winamp, right? I can just copy files from my computer’s HD to the ipod?

    And what’s this thing Robb said about it being a no go in 2.0.2? Is that the itunes version? Can I just use an earlier version of itunes?

    God, non-MSC supporting media players is one of the dumber things man’s come up with in the last decade.

  • screaminghelpz October 19, 2008, 9:56 pm

    I recently downloaded winamp to manage my ipod nano’s music. How do i remove songs from my nano without using itunes. Can i do this with winamp or someother software. I can add the tracks but unsure of the removing part using winamp with the ipod nano. Help!!!

  • Brent November 4, 2008, 10:06 am

    That’s a good question. I recently had an ipod for about a week before returning it, and I think itunes might be the only feasible tool to manage music on the ipod. I tried a few different alternatives, and they worked sort of okay for copying music to the ipod (*), but say I rename a file in my music collection, or fix an ID3 tag, or even just add a bunch of new mp3s to it. I’m not sure of an easy way to get those changes onto the ipod without clearing the ipod completely and then copying everything to it all over again. In a perfect world, where mp3 players look like removeable disk drives, you can simply use any incremental backup tool to scan your music collection, detect changes to the files since the last backup, and make those changes on the mp3 player. Other than that, I think the only other option is this “syncing” business.

    * When putting mp3s on the ipod, I noticed that if I copy them all to it, then try to copy my playlists, it actually copies the files referenced in the playlists to the ipod, so I have multiple copies of the same frickin file. How retarded is that? It can’t just either copy the playlist (which is a simple text file) by itself to the ipod, or read the playlist and create a corresponding playlist on the ipod in whatever lame format they use?

  • Sathya November 19, 2008, 8:47 am

    Really had a tough time arranging songs using i-tunes. This is definitely simpler, arrange the songs on playlist and transfer the playlist to ipod, I-tunes really sucks. Thank you.

  • Brent November 19, 2008, 10:28 am

    So if you have two playlist that contain some of the same songs, you get duplicate files on the ipod? What if you add some songs to your computer and want to put them on the ipod? Do you clear the entire ipod, add the new songs to whatever playlists you want them on, and then copy the playlists to the ipod again?

    This whole “use playlists to specify which files to copy” thing is weird.

  • Joe November 27, 2008, 2:40 pm

    Thanks for the help, but . . .
    Son A got an iPod last Christmas, then we learned that iTunes wouldn’t work with our Windows 2K system. (Please don’t say “the solution is to upgrade.) I spent many hours eventually converging on WinAmp and thought it was working right, but then was informed that, even though WinAmp can load songs onto his iPod, they will not play if they had originally been downloaded onto our computer via iTunes. So when WinAmp transfers songs (that were originally downloaded via iTunes) from our PC to his iPod, they show up but don’t play. This looks like the same problem “Desperate” had on 7/16/08.

    Son B (older iPod) has lots of iTunes downloads on our PC but Son A appears to be locked out. Can Son A play these iTune downloads on his newer iPod?

    (Different question: I assume, too, that there are lots of alternatives to iTunes for downloading music. Anybody recommend any others to check out?)

  • Brent November 28, 2008, 2:25 pm and

    Basically any that use mp3s.

  • Thiago December 16, 2008, 9:48 am

    First of all, thanks for the post! Very useful! :)

    I’ve noted by the winamp that each album has its art work attached. I can see it at the “Cover flow”, but it has desapeared at the main menu — that a “slide” show on the right side. Has someone noted the same problem?

  • J. December 24, 2008, 9:34 am

    After spending DAYS on the WinAmp site, trying (unsuccessfully) to find out how to put a file on my ipod, the very first hit on tells me exactly what I needed to know! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!!


  • Brent December 24, 2008, 9:49 am


    Winamp displays cover art by looking for an image file in the directory with the mp3 file, named after the mp3’s ID3 tag album title. At least, that’s how my winamp is set up. I think it’ll also accept an image named “folder.jpg”, although that could be a problem if you have files in the same directory from different albums.

    I think the ipod requires the album art to be embedded in the ID3 tag, so winamp won’t correctly transfer the album art to the ipod. When I tried it, I didn’t get album art on the ipod unless it was embedded in the tag.

  • zero December 28, 2008, 1:42 am

    i successfully use the winamp on my ipod shuffle 1gb.. very great program.. and so much faster than itunes.. hell itunes just sucks…
    just a question guys.. after i enabled the disk use on my ipod.. can i uninstall my itubes? or just leave it alone on my laptop.. thanks..
    hope for your kind replies..^^

  • thiago December 28, 2008, 3:09 pm

    P.S.: Winamp works better with the ml_ipod plugin installed.

  • Thiago December 28, 2008, 3:11 pm

    Thanks for reply. I’ve tested what you had wrote.

  • robrecht January 10, 2009, 7:41 am

    I was happy that I found an alternative, Itunes sucks. All I want is to play music from my computer on my Ipod, why the hell is itunes crashing all the time?? This is not encouraging to by a mac

  • John January 13, 2009, 8:18 pm

    Good site, thanks. I am a new IPod user, heard ITunes was a problem, so tried out winamp instead. Seems to work ok, I’ve loaded on my 20GB of mp3s, plus another 20GB of music ripped from CDs in winamp. Problem I’m having, though, is duplicate files. I stored my MP3s stored in folders and I guess there’s overlap. I had a 1000 or so duplicates, which I went through and deleted, and I also renamed another few hundred files without info. But when I pressed “Sync” next, I pressed ok without de-selecting all the files to/from IPod that I changed, and it downloaded them all again, and copied over my name changes. I now have 3 or 4 of many files on my ipod and lost all my work. Can you recommend my best option for managing my songs with winamp? Do I edit song info in my ipod or in winamp library? For example, would I be best off to edit in Ipod, get it perfect, and then delete my music library on computer (after backing up of course), and then upload it all back? Or vice versa? Any suggestions most appreciated…..wasted quite a bit of time on this through dumb trial and error. Thanks in advance for any help.

  • Neil from Beachwood, Ohio January 14, 2009, 2:22 pm

    According to what I read on the Winamp web site, the free version won’t rip CD’s to MP3–only to WMA. And I don’t think an iPod can play WMA files.

    Media Monkey is a very similar program. In fact it can even use some of the “plugins” that were created for Winamp. It also comes in two flavors–free and “gold”. But the free version rips to MP3 and doesn’t seem to be missing any essential features for use with an iPod.

  • John January 14, 2009, 2:35 pm

    Hi Neil
    Funny, I didn’t even think to look at format. It created .m4a files, not .mp3 as I had thought. But they play on Ipod just fine.

    I’m pretty happy with winamp so far, but this duplicate file thing is a question mark…I suspect I might have the same problem with ITunes, as I have been storing my files in a non-organized way, and it is clashing with how Ipods organize them…I think the way to go might be to clean up the library in the Ipod, with everything I have there, then re-download it fresh to my computer.

    However, will keep Media Monkey in mind as an alternative.


  • Neil January 15, 2009, 10:37 am

    @John: Try a small and simple free util called Sharepod. It installs directly onto your iPod. Sort the display by artist or title and del the duplicates. Then backup your music to your PC using any of the options offered for file naming. My personal choice is


    Save to a dir that isn’t currently in your Winamp library. Clear out your Winamp lib, and then import the files that you just saved.

  • Neil January 15, 2009, 10:38 am

    @John: Try a small and simple free util called Sharepod. It installs directly onto your iPod. Sort the display by artist or title and del the duplicates. Then backup your music to your PC using any of the options offered for file naming. My personal choice is


    Save to a dir that isn’t currently in your Winamp library. Go into Winamp, clear out your Winamp library, and then import the files that you just saved.

  • John January 15, 2009, 11:33 am

    Thanks Neil, I’ll give that a try.

  • Thiago Colares January 19, 2009, 9:25 am

    Is there a way do use winamp in order to upload photos to ipod??
    If don’t, what app could I use?

  • Wilko March 1, 2009, 11:47 am

    Does this work with the newest sixth-gen iPod Classic?

  • pablo April 29, 2009, 9:06 am

    brigado cara eu te amo

  • rlooz May 8, 2009, 1:04 am

    j’ai synchronis√© mon ipod avec winamp, transfert ok mais apres l’ejection mon ipod m’affiche zero chanson rien n’est lisible et pourtant c’est bien dedans!?

  • Brent May 13, 2009, 9:04 am

    I’ve started using the ml_ipod plugin for Winamp, and I gotta say it’s freakin awesome. Way more useful than the one that comes with Winamp. Now my ipod basically mirrors my Winamp media library, with the media library smart views (which I use extensively) converted to playlists on the ipod.

    Also, I got a brand new ipod classic 120 GB (6th gen, I think) because the drive on my old one crapped out and they replaced it at the apple store. I just finished syncing it with my Winamp media library on a new computer that has never had itunes installed. So apparently you don’t need to use itunes at all, even just to set the “enable disc use” flag.

    Also, I had an album that itunes would not accept into its music library (I used itunes on an old computer with the old ipod before the drive went bad). I tried everything to get the files to be acceptable to itunes. I verified with several programs that they were mp3s with the right kind of ID3 tags, no APE tags, etc. itunes would only show about 5 of the 50+ songs in the album (it’s a box set) when I added the folder to the library. Winamp has no problem adding these songs to its media library, and ml_ipod transferred them to the ipod just fine. Awesome.

  • Aswin July 20, 2009, 3:28 am

    Great article

    Thanks a lot has done a wonderful job
    All the Best

  • Chena August 3, 2009, 4:31 pm

    Hey – I’ve seen this question come up several times, but I’ve not seen an answer to it: How do I enable disk use on iPod when I can’t use iTunes to do it??

  • Keith November 6, 2009, 3:40 pm

    You Rock my friend. I recently installed iTunes on my PC running Windows 7 Ultimate and had nothing but trouble trying to get it to work with my wife’s 3rd Gen Ipod Shuffle. I too have been using WinAmp now for about 10 years as an alternative to WMP. WinAmp is so much easier to use with her Shuffle than that horrible excuse of a program known as iTunes.

    Thanks so much,

  • MOE November 11, 2009, 6:45 am

    why after adding the songs, they don’t show in the recently added?
    i added a lot of songs but can’t see them all in one list, i have to look for them one by one !!
    any help??

  • cbre November 19, 2009, 11:29 pm

    i tried to sync the new ipod nano 5th gen to winamp and it doesn’t recognize it…any ideas if it is supposed to work with latest ipod?

  • Shmoo December 28, 2009, 8:36 pm

    OK, i need some help. Just got a Nano 5th Gen and don’t want to use itunes (can’t stand it) found this site and followed all the instructions, but no go… I can see my ipod in winamp but when i load mp3s on it, and eject it, i can’t see them on my ipod… :( any suggestions??? also i saw a few people mention a plug-in called ml_ipod but i can’t find that eather.



  • tyreees December 31, 2009, 7:32 am

    why after i sync my ipod on winamp i cant see the songs i sync i cant even play it on my ipod pls help

  • Hydrargentium January 18, 2010, 12:20 pm

    Hey Shmoo, I’ve had the same problem. I think I read somewhere that Winamp doesn’t properly support the new Nano (5G). It writes the music database in an older iPod format that the new one doesn’t recognize. I wish I could remember where I saw this, though.


  • stef February 13, 2010, 11:17 am

    Same problem here….would be nice with som help

  • naveed nasib February 17, 2010, 10:02 pm

    thank you man good bless you…….

  • sean March 11, 2010, 6:32 pm

    OK i did the same thing it says but it says that there is nothing in the portables yet i can play the songs off the i pod from the audio list how do i fix this?

  • david April 5, 2010, 7:26 pm

    i love winamp, im sick and tired of itunes im gonna try this winamp. so far i have synced 20% of all of my music with no problem at all. so far so good. and thanx for the guide

  • KaiserD2 April 10, 2010, 12:57 pm


    I am glad I found this forum. I have particular needs for which this seems ideal but I need a little more help before actually going out and buying a large ipod.

    On my computer, on a remote drive, I have a huge collection of digitized classical music, which I use winamp on my computer to play. The collection is in nested folders. For instance, there’s a folder called Beethoven, which includes three different folders that hold three separate sets of his nine symphonies. Each symphony, in turn, is a folder containing the movements, which are .wav files. The winamp playlists (one per symphony) are also nested in folders in the same way.
    I hope that’s clear. What I’m wondering is whether I can get not only the music, but the playlists that go with it, onto the ipod–or am I going to have to make new playlists (and give them names) on the ipod itself? Does the ipod store files of playlists?
    Many thanks in advance.

  • Ross McKillop April 10, 2010, 1:51 pm

    KaiserD2 –

    I have the exact answer you don’t want. I have no idea.

    I’m guessing you’ll need to make new playlists.

    With any luck someone else following this thread pops up and has the answer. If that doesn’t happen, and you give it a go – PLEASE come back and share your results with us. I’d personally like to know. Thanks! And sorry I was of no help…

  • el_andy May 5, 2010, 12:39 pm

    Hola! tengo un ipod clasic de 120 gb le he pasado musica con el winamp pro y todo iba bien hasta que lo hice en otra compu instale el winamp pro el mismo con el q lo utilizaba en la compu de siempre pero al momento de expulsarlo me dice que esta siendo utilizado por otro programa y no lo expulsa, siendo que no tengo ningun programa abierto, no se si tenga algo q ver el windows vista espero me puedan ayudar gracias

  • Christine May 29, 2010, 11:39 am

    Okay, sure I can get my songs on my iPod using winamp, it picked up my videos, but you cannot play anymore than audio, and the only way to get my videos to actively play back and to sync is by using iTunes…can you help? It would be nice to know cause then I can go back and sync my videos to my iPod again. The videos I have are all MP4s.

  • Ewan June 25, 2010, 7:20 am

    I put music on using Winamp, all working fine and all, but when I put om my shuffle, it keeps telling me: “pls use itunes to sink music.” WTF can’t install itunes, cow I need a Internet connection, and serial key, witch I can only get from iCrap (iTunes) but can’t install without it WTF!! How is their logic?!? Pls help.. Lol should have just got an Phillips or something

  • Larry July 29, 2010, 8:23 pm

    I’m glad it works for everyone else, but it’s not working for me, I can’t do step 5, since my ipod isn’t showing up in the list. It’s an ipod nano. Yes I reinstalled and made sure it had the box ticked, I checked “current install” and it already had it, so I don’t know where the problem lies.

  • Ross McKillop July 30, 2010, 8:50 am

    Larry – you may want to check w/ the WinAMP help section – it could very well be that the version of the Nano you have isn’t supported by WinAMP, yet. They should have a list of all the MP3 players and their versions, that are compatible.

  • David Kaiser August 25, 2010, 5:24 pm

    OK, I know this is a very dumb question but I am just buying my first ipod and need to get everything installed tomorrow or Friday AM at the latest before a long trip.

    I am going to use winamp on it which means I need the ml_ipod plugin . But what should I do? Download the plugin now to my computer? Or wait and attach the ipod to the computer and download it into the ipod? Thanks.

    David K

  • Corri Timigan August 29, 2010, 2:43 am

    Does this still not support the Gen 5 iPod Nano? Because I’ve spent the last hour and a half making sure everything is correct and it still doesn’t work. I’ve noticed from earlier comments from almost a year ago that Gen 5’s don’t work, is this still the case? Because I have some sound files I want to put on my iPod that Winmap will accept that iTunes won’t (because it’s a bloody stupid program!).
    Please help?

  • criss October 5, 2010, 12:04 pm

    man your awsome, that itunes app sucks, this one is more easier,

  • Laurence October 7, 2010, 12:00 pm

    I am trying to get my music from winamp to my ipod but can’t seem to manage it. I have followed the step by step guide but the music still does not appear on the ipod! When i transfer al the music into a playlist then click “send to ipod”, my computer freezes and shuts down winamp? Any ideas?

  • David Kaiser October 17, 2010, 10:29 am

    I am extremely frustrated and extremely confused. I have a relatively new ipod that I have been using itunes with. I tried this procedure, above, last week, and it worked perfectly for one playlist of four movements (a symphony.) That is, I loaded the playlist in winamp, sent it to the ipod, and it showed up. But then I accidentally had itunes open and it synched my ipod again. And now, when I try the procedure, winamp says it’s working–you see the progress of transfers–but the stuff doesn’t show up on the ipod. HELP!!!!! Thank you.


  • KaiserD October 17, 2010, 11:51 am

    I am extremely frustrated and extremely confused. I have a relatively new ipod that I have been using itunes with. I tried this procedure, above, last week, and it worked perfectly for one playlist of four movements (a symphony.) That is, I loaded the playlist in winamp, sent it to the ipod, and it showed up. But then I accidentally had itunes open and it synched my ipod again. And now, when I try the procedure, winamp says it’s working–you see the progress of transfers–but the stuff doesn’t show up on the ipod. HELP!!!!! Thank you.

  • Milton October 19, 2010, 8:21 pm

    you are a life saver. You how to article is awesome. It is very easy to understand and now I don’t have to use iTunes. Thanks!!!!! :P

  • Jordan October 30, 2010, 6:03 am

    My itunes refuses to open, when i try to open it, nothing happens.
    I’ve tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it- Nothing
    and i’ve tried several times going in “Tasl Manager”, “Processes” and end itunes but still- Nothing :(
    So i cant “Enable Disk Use” :(

  • Larry December 22, 2010, 8:45 pm


    Hey Ross, your reply would be correct for some other people, but my nano was compatible. I resolved the problem, it had been given to me by a mac user, and I wasn’t aware that it was formatted in different ways, since most mp3 players work with mac and windows, I had assumed it was in FAT format. It wasn’t.

    I had to *REFORMAT IT IN ITUNES ON A MAC* for windows. I am now updating my ipod in winamp!

    Thanks Ross, you’re a star. =]

  • muniyrah March 1, 2011, 10:41 pm

    Thank you so much for telling us about Winamp. It works great! I love being able to update my ipod shuffle so easily and remove and add music so quickly.

  • Alison April 27, 2011, 9:59 am

    Can I use winamp with an ipod generation 5 model?

  • Sumegha September 24, 2011, 4:17 am

    i can’t thank you enough! iTunes was a pain in the wrong place! every time i formatted my PC, i had to re-install iTunes and make a whole new Playlist. ugh.

  • Puddy April 6, 2012, 6:52 am

    doesnt work with nano 5th gen

  • Luiz January 5, 2014, 8:29 pm

    Just after hours trying to set up my iPod nano 5th gen (no success, by the way), I found a FAQ at the winamp help:

    “Can I manage my portable music devices & players with Winamp 5?

    Yes. Winamp 5 seamlessly integrates support for iPod (Shuffle, Mini, Video, Nano (1-4G only, not 5th/6th gen) & Classic models….”

  • generic April 16, 2014, 8:22 pm

    I have the answer and it not the one you want. The iPod (iTunes) will NOT store your playlists and beautifully organized nests of folders that you have painstakingly created. You will end up with what I did, namely a mess. It was one long list of each individual track. If you want any sort of organization you have to add each track to a playlist. Even then, you will never know if you have truly captured all of them.
    This is because of the inherent difference in the way the iPod works. It stores all music in one big file and the playlists are merely pointers to the songs within that file. Compare that to the music on your hard drive, where you can create multiple folders and move the storage location of the music. You can easily see if you have left one behind and are missing a track from an album or a movement from a symphony.
    Please post if you have found a solution!

  • actually a vampire September 14, 2014, 7:42 pm

    done this on my iPhone. does anyone know how to do it on an iPod classic?? need it to sync cause thats where all my music is at

  • German Frank April 29, 2018, 6:34 am

    Still helpful after all these years. Thank you

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