iTunes makes it very easy to update playlists on an iPod, and you can set iTunes to automatically update playlists. All you have to do is manage your playlists on iTunes, because iTunes and iPods were designed to automatically communicate with each other at the first sign of contact. Once the iPod is connected to the PC, the syncing process will begin almost immediately. This sync changes the iPod's library to perfectly match the iTune's library and any updated or new playlists that may have been added.
Download iTunes. iTunes can be acquired through Apple's Web site as well a number of iPod partnering Web sites. iTunes is the media library application that is designed to be compatible with your iPod, so it is the best application for the job.
Fill your iTunes library with songs that you have legally downloaded or tracks that you have ripped from your personal CD collection. Downloading can be done legally from a number of different file sharing applications, however, to ensure that your files are compliant with your iPod, it is safest to download songs directly from iTunes.
Organize your library. Before transferring your songs to your iPod you want to take the time to organize your iTunes library and playlists, as your iPod's music library will directly resemble your iTunes library.
Using the cord that came with your iPod, connect your iPod to your computer. iTunes will immediately begin syncing with your iPod. This process basically clones the music library on your iTunes application and automatically transfers it to your iPod.
Tips & Warnings
- If you haven't yet purchased your iPod, make sure that you get a newer model. The first generations had many complications ranging from suspiciously erratic battery life to poor connectivity/compatibility.
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