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Want to Start Using That iPod You Bought?

Want to Start Using That iPod You Bought?

Have you had an unopened iPod sitting in your office or room for a while now? Are you a little intimidated by it? Are you too busy to sit down and learn how to work yet another piece of technology? If you said yes to any of these questions, then this post is for you! You'll be enjoying your music on the go in no time.

iPods



Getting your iPod to sync with your computer shouldn't cause you too much brain damage. In a nutshell, you'll need to create an iTunes account if you don't already have one, purchase music from iTunes either using a prepaid card or a credit card, download the music to your computer, and upload it to your iPod.

Here's what you'll need:

Your iPod
A computer
An internet connection
Your iPod's USB cord

Your step-by-step instructions:

First, no matter what your situation is: Charge your iPod using the Apple iPod Power Adapter. Just let it sit there and charge until the green battery meter changes from a lightning bolt symbol to a plug-in symbol.


If you have never plugged your iPod into your computer before or if your iPod is brand new:

1.) Use the USB cord that came with your iPod to connect your iPod to your computer. Connect the cord to your iPod, then connect the USB end of the cord with the USB port on your computer. Your computer will automatically recognize your iPod. The iTunes Software License Agreement will pop up first. Make sure you understand it, then click "Agree." Next you will be asked to name your iPod. On that same screen, you can click to choose if you want your music and/or photos to be synced to your ipod automatically. You'll need to decide whether or not you want all the music from your "Music Library" to be automatically synced to your iPod. It's completely up to you. If you do not check the box to automatically sync music and photos, you will be able to manually add which songs/playlists and pictures you want on your iPod. (You can always change your mind later if you're unhappy with your initial decision.)

2.) After you finish the setup, iTunes will open automatically and you will see your iPod home screen. Here you will see all the details about your iPod. If there is a newer version of iTunes available, you will be prompted to download it. After you do that, click on the "iTunes Store" from the menu on the left hand side. Create an account if you don't already have one by clicking on "Sign In" on the right hand side near the top of the window. Then click "Create Account" and follow the instructions to create your new account. If you already have an account, just sign in.

3.) Now you can purchase any music you'd like. Click on "iTunes Store" again after you're signed in, and browse away! You can search for artists, songs, albums, etc. in the top right hand corner, or you can browse by category. When you're ready to purchase a song, click "Buy." iTunes will ask you if you're sure that you want buy that song, and then your song will begin to download. To pay for the songs, you can either purchase a prepaid iTunes card from many retailers, or you can download the songs you want and the credit card that you have on file with iTunes will be charged. To download music using a prepaid iTunes card, click "Redeem" under the "Quick Links" menu on the right hand side. Just follow the instructions on the screen and enter your iTunes prepaid card number. Any music you purchase will automatically be added to your music "Music Library," which you can find at the top of the menu on the left hand side.

4.) Now you're ready to get your music onto your iPod. If you selected to automatically sync your entire "Music Library" with your iPod: Go to your iPod home screen by clicking on your iPod in the menu on the left hand side. In the bottom right corner of your iPod home screen, click the "Sync" button. All the music in your "Music Library" will automatically be transferred onto your iPod. If you selected to manually add songs and to your iPod: Drag the songs individually (or select multiple songs) from your "Music Library" over to your iPod in the menu on the left hand side. The songs you chose will automatically be transferred onto your iPod.

5.) When you're finished syncing your "Music Library" or adding individual songs, click the eject symbol just to the right of your iPod's symbol and name in the menu on the left hand side of the window. Your iPod will disappear from the menu on the left hand side, and your iPod screen will advise you that it is now ok to disconnect.

 

iPod Nano


If you have already started using your iPod and are confused or you are using a new/different computer:

1.) Download the latest version of iTunes software and open iTunes. If the "iTunes Store" doesn't come up automatically, click on the "iTunes Store" from the menu on the left hand side. Create an account if you don't already have one by clicking on "Sign In" on the right hand side near the top of the window. Then click "Create Account" and follow the instructions to create your new account. If you already have an account, just sign in.

2.) Next, use the USB cord that came with your iPod to connect to your iPod to your computer. Connect the cord to your iPod, then connect the USB end of the cord with the USB port on your computer. iTunes will automatically recognize your iPod, and your iPod will appear in the menu on the left hand side. If this is the first time you have ever used your iPod, iTunes will prompt you to register and nickname your iPod. Just follow the short instructions to complete this process. Once that is done, your iPod will start flashing "Do Not Disconnect." It is crucial that you do not disconnect your iPod from your computer during this process. If you do, the sync could be disturbed, your music may not be transferred, and your iPod could be damaged.

4.) Now you can purchase any music you'd like. Click on "iTunes Store" again after you're signed in, and browse away! You can search for artists, songs, albums, etc. in the top right hand corner, or you can browse by category. When you're ready to purchase a song, click "Buy." iTunes will ask you if you're sure that you want buy that song, and then your song will begin to download. To pay for the songs, you can either purchase a prepaid iTunes card from many retailers, or you can download the songs you want and the credit card that you have on file with iTunes will be charged. To download music using a prepaid iTunes card, click "Redeem" under the "Quick Links" menu on the right hand side. Just follow the instructions on the screen and enter your iTunes prepaid card number. Any music you purchase will automatically be added to your music "Music Library," which you can find at the top of the menu on the left hand side.

4.) Now you're ready to get your music onto your iPod. If you selected to automatically sync your entire "Music Library" with your iPod: Go to your iPod home screen by clicking on your iPod in the menu on the left hand side. In the bottom right corner of your iPod home screen, click the "Sync" button. All the music in your "Music Library" will automatically be transferred onto your iPod. If you selected to manually add songs and to your iPod: Drag the songs individually (or select multiple songs) from your "Music Library" over to your iPod in the menu on the left hand side. The songs you chose will automatically be transferred onto your iPod.

5.) When you're finished syncing your "Music Library" or adding individual songs, (whichever you chose to do) click the eject symbol just to the right of your iPod's symbol and name in the menu on the left hand side of the window. Your iPod will disappear from the menu on the left hand side, and your iPod screen will advise you that it is now ok to disconnect.

iPod Touch

In either case, if you are unhappy with your decision to automatically sync your iPod with your entire "Music Library," or manually select songs to go on your iPod all you have to do is click the "iPod Options" button and change your selection.

To create a Playlist: Under the file menu, click "New Playlist." Your new Playlist will appear in the menu on the left hand side near the bottom. First you will name your Playlist, and then start organizing your music. Once your Playlist is named, go to your "Music Library" and drag the songs you would like to put on the Playlist ontop of the Playlist. The song(s) you select and drop into the playlist will automatically be added. You can create as many Playlists as you would like. Organize your music by artist, genre, date, etc. If you selected to automatically sync your entire "Music Library" with your iPod: Your Playlists will be synced automatically whenever you plug your iPod into your computer. If you created a Playlist while your iPod was plugged in and you want to add the new Playlist to your iPod, Go to your iPod home screen by clicking on your iPod in the menu on the left hand side. In the bottom right corner of your iPod home screen, click the "Sync" button. All the music in your "Music Library" will automatically be transferred onto your iPod. If you selected to manually add songs and to your iPod: You will need to drag the Playlists you want on yout iPod individually over to your iPod in the menu on the left hand side. The Playlists you chose will automatically be transferred onto your iPod.

If this seems overwhelming... just open a new screen side by side and go through the steps one at a time or print this out and check off the steps as you go, looking at the screen and checking the directions. 

Now you can download audio books and podcasts of webinars and listen in the car or when exercising!  This powerful technology tool is going to have great time management benefits to help not only with relaxation but learning time while multi tasking.

Good luck with your new ipod! Happy singing, dancing and listening!

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Comment balloon 9 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • May 13 2010 09:10PM

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Carra,

Your a little late posting this...could've used your help last summer. I kept having my kids do it for me, until they left to go back to college. So I had to sit down and learn it by myself....step by step. Haha! I'm sure your post will help a non-techie for sure!  

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) over 10 years ago

Michael ~ Sorry I was late for you.. but might be in time for someone who does not know how to get set up. It sounds like you might have been able to use this.. what are you downloading now on your ipod and how are you using it? 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

Howdy and evening there Carra

This sure is a mighty fine and will written blog post to help those folks that have an iPod, and have not set theirs up as of yet. MP3's and iPots is just about the only kind of technology that I ain't gotten into.

Have a good one

Dale

 

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 10 years ago

Dale ~  Well I just got it figured out.. Like Michael said.. with the help of my daughter!  I can download to my iphone as well.. that way things I want to listen to like webinars or pod casts.. I can listen to in the car or when walking... just making better use of my time to learn while doing something else I can listen and accomplish something else. 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

Carra,  A great post for those of us techno challenged folks....My teenaged son taught me to only sync my iphone to one computer....hate to get that thing confused...ha   Have a Great Day!

Posted by John Howard, GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614 (Century 21 LeMac Realty) over 10 years ago

John ~ Your son was right on your iphone!  You can download music, books and MP3 recordings to your iphone too!  They all connect.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

What's an iPod? LOL. We probably will never have anything by Apple in this home unless it's something new by The Beatles and Apple Corps.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 10 years ago

Jim ~  That is funny.. one day you convert! or try one of the products.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

Hi Carra-Thanks for the tips, I have to laugh at Michael' s comment, I do occasionally have to call tech support (my 10 year old neighbor). LOL

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com) over 8 years ago

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