How to Download Music to Your iPod

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Apple's popular iPod music player comes in four models: the Classic, Nano, Shuffle and Touch. When you get an iPod, you want a great music selection on your latest gadget. You can download music directly from iTunes on the iPod Touch, which can connect to the Internet, or you can sync any of the four models to iTunes on your computer and transfer music to the mobile device from there.

Things You'll Need

  • CDs
  • A computer with Internet service
  • iTunes
  • A music downloading program


  1. Pull out your CD collection and and start transferring your music to iTunes on your computer. Import the entire contents of CDs or select only a few titles. Once your have the music in iTunes you can transfer the songs to your iPod.

  2. Use the iTunes store on the computer to shop for new music. You can search by artist name, song title or album. The prices appear right next to the song. ITunes occasionally offers free music as well. Check in regularly and download music to your computer.

  3. When you have all the music stored in your iTunes music library, connect the iPod to the computer with the USB connection cable that came with the device. Depending on your settings, all your music will transfer to the iPod or only specific songs.

  4. If you have an iPod Touch, you can sync it with iTunes on your computer to transfer music, but you can also use its wireless capabilities to download songs directly from the iTunes store. Tap the "iTunes" icon on the iPod home screen. Browse or search for music. Tap a button with a price or the word "Free" to initiate a download directly to the iPod.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try to download your music from CDs before making purchases on iTunes. This will save you money in the long run.
  • Ask your friends about music downloading programs. Some are more user-friendly than others. Don't be afraid to remove or add different programs according to your comfortably level.
  • Use an iTunes gift card, instead of maxing out your credit card.
  • Remember that each program you add to your computer takes up space!
  • Viruses still exist! Make sure you have a valid virus protection program on your computer when downloading music.
  • Remember that titles and artist names may be incorrectly spelled when you are downloading music, so don't be alarmed when your favorite artists name is misspelled.



  • Photo Credit Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images News/Getty Images

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