How to Put Music on an iPod Using iTunes


The Apple iPod is a popular MP3 device that allows users to consolidate their large music collections to one small place. Music can be downloaded on the Internet or imported from CDs and put on the iPod with iTunes, the iPod's complimentary software. Using iTunes to add music to an iPod is an easy process.

  • Open iTunes on your computer and plug in your iPod. ITunes can be downloaded for free (see Resources).

  • To download music from iTunes, select "iTunes Store" from the left-hand menu and search for albums or songs.

  • To import music from a CD, insert the CD into your computer and then highlight it in the left-hand menu of iTunes. Once the CD is highlighted, select "Import CD" from the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

  • Songs that have been downloaded or imported will appear in the iTunes library. Highlight the songs you want on the iPod and drag them to the iPod icon in the menu. The songs will be copied to the iPod.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can choose to have songs sync manually or automatically between the iPod and iTunes. If you choose to have songs sync automatically, each time you plug in your iPod new songs in iTunes will transfer to your iPod and songs that have been deleted from iTunes will be removed from your iPod. Manually syncing means that songs will only be added or deleted from your iPod when you specifically select the action.

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