Even though there have been many improvements to the iPod, the original first generation model is still a dependable, portable and affordable option for taking your tunes with you wherever you go. Whether you have inherited an older iPod or have acquired one on eBay, these steps will help you get the most from your early model iPod.
Things You'll Need
- First generation iPod
- Macintosh computer with iTunes
Make certain you have compatible computer hardware. The first generation iPod is Macintosh compatible only. In addition, your computer must have a firewire port to charge and sync the iPod.
Download iTunes. This is a free application available for download on the Apple web site. It is the only way to sync your iPod with your music library, and it allows you to convert your compact disc collection to files that can be easily stored on your iPod. The iTunes program is quite easy to learn and allows you to create customized play lists to help you access the tunes you want to listen to right when you want them.
Familiarize yourself with the operation of the mechanical scroll wheel. The scroll wheel is the most notable and recognizable feature that sets the first generation iPod apart from latter models. This moveable wheel allows the user to navigate through the menus on the iPod with one-handed ease.
Consolidate your music library. First generation iPods had only 5 to 10 gigabytes of storage space, so if your current music collection exceeds this size, create a play list to sync to your early iPod that maximizes its relatively small storage space with your top tunes.
Be prepared to replace the battery. A first generation iPod is probably suffering from sub-par battery life. First generation iPods boasted 10 hour battery life when they rolled out in 2001. Existing early model iPods are typically in need of a new rechargeable battery, which can be replaced by Apple for a steep fee, or replaced by the consumer with a little bit of elbow grease and a step by step guide specific to your model. Take your time with the replacement process and your older iPod can be completely reborn to provide many more hours of portable music for you.