How to Change the Genre on an iPod

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One of the benefits of iPod portable media players and iTunes software is the ability to classify audio (and video) files by categories including title, artist, album and genre, allowing the device (and user) to sort the files into different listening and playlist options. Some audio files may not originally contain all these identifiers, especially genre, or there may be instances in which you want to alter the existing information, such as when they get changed because of a bug in the software. Through iTunes, the genre can be set or changed to whatever you'd like.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with the latest version of iTunes
  • IPod USB cable
  • Open iTunes and click "Music" in the library menu on the left side to display your music library. Set the display to song view to change the information for individual files or to album view to change the genre of all files within that album.

  • Right-click the song or album and select "Get Info." If in album view or highlighting a group of files, a pop-up will ask if you are sure you want to edit information for multiple files; click "Yes" to continue.

  • Select the "Info" tab on the window that pops up. At the bottom, look for the "Genre" field; delete what is shown and type in the genre as you want it to be listed for that file or files, and click "OK" when finished.

  • Connect your iPod to the computer using the supplied USB cable. Click on the iPod's icon in the left menu and scroll down to the "Options" section of the summary display for the iPod. Set iTunes to sync automatically to the iPod (if it is not already) by unchecking the box next to "Manually manage music and videos." The updated genre (and any other) information will be transferred to the iPod; disconnect the player once syncing is complete.

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