How to Copy MP3's to iPod


Your iPod has enough space for thousands of MP3 tracks–assuming you know how to get them on the device. Fortunately, Apple made the iPod easy to use, even for the technically challenged. Paired with Apple's iTunes software, its easy to manage, organize and transfer your MP3 collection straight to your iPod.

Adding Music Files

  • Open Apple's iTunes software. This is the music library system that copies MP3s to your iPod. If you don't have an installation of iTunes on your computer, see the direct link below in Resources.

  • Click the File menu and select "Add to Library." A dialogue will pop up.

  • Browse to where the MP3 files are stored on your hard drive. You can select multiple files by holding the "CTRL" key (COMMAND on Mac) or the "Shift" key.

  • Select "Open." iTunes will import your songs and organize them automatically in your iTunes library.

Transferring MP3s to the iPod

  • Connect your iPod to the computer by using the iPod-compatible USB cord.

  • Check the panel on the left-hand side of iTunes. iTunes should automatically detect your iPod and list it here.

  • Select the files in your iTunes library and drag and drop them to your iPod. Just as before, you can select multiple files.

  • Wait for the synchronization process to complete and disconnect the device.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're looking for a specific track, iTunes offers the ability to browse, purchase and download songs automatically through the iTunes store.
  • While iTunes will automatically try and detect the track information when you add songs to your music library, in some cases this information may be missing. It's best to add it manually to ensure proper organization in your iPod and iTunes collection.

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