What is iPodService.exe?

The genuine iPodService.exe file is a software component of iTunes by Apple.
iPodService.exe is an executable file that is associated with iTunes, a cross-platform desktop media manager primarily for audio files developed by Apple Inc. This process automatically runs on connection of an iPod to a computer. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled. iTunes comes equipped with media management capabilities, and can even be used to broadcast radio online. The software is popularly known for its mobile device management applications. It is used to play, download, and organize digital audio and video. The iTunes Store lets users purchase music online through their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Apple Inc. is an American company that develops consumer electronics, computer software, as well as online services. The company is known for its smartphones, tablet computers, personal computers, media players and smartwatches. Apple develops the OS X and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, as well as several dozen productivity suites. Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in 1976, to develop and sell personal computers. The company is currently based in Cupertino, California, USA.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the iPodService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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IPodService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with iPodService
IPodService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as iPodService Module (version (32-bit), (64-bit)) or iPod Service belongs to software iTunes or iPod for Windows (version 2005-09-23, 2005-11-17, 2006-06-28, 2005-02-07, 2005-09-06, 2006-03-23, 2005-10-12) or Pirates Buster for or iPod Service or QuickTime by Apple ( or Apple Computer (

Description: IPodService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. IPodService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mainly C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 504,104 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 536,872 bytes and 45 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The iPodService.exe file is not a Windows core file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The file has a digital signature. It is a Verisign signed file. IPodService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program iTunes, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to to update it, go to for support, or go to iTunes in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify iPodService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as iPodService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the iPodService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

takes up more than 20 GB of my hard drive that is a lot but i have no ideas it does good to me
It needed not only for iPod but for iPhone too
chews up my laptop battery life even without itunes running
It's a piece of crap installed by iTunes that trolls the USB ports, hogs resources, and causes a shitload of page faults. Apparently, if you do what Archullus does, it will leave you alone.
related to itunes
made my CPU jump up and down, computer become useless
Part of the iTunes package. Doesn't consumer much resources, but it seem to be polling the USB bus constantly, as well as causing page faults.
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Summary: Average user rating of iPodService.exe: based on 163 votes with 9 reviews. 56 users think iPodService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 13 users think it's probably harmless. 48 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 24 users suspect danger. 22 users think iPodService.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade iPodService.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving iPodService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with iPodService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the iPodService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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