How to Use an iPod Nano

The introduction of the iPod over the past couple of years has revolutionized the way people transport and listen to music all across the world. Before mp3/mp4 players became popular, people used to use cd/cassette players to carry around and play their music.

The iPod nano is a miniature version of the original iPod, which has a little less space (8 – 16 GB of space) but still can hold and transport thousands of music and videos at a time so the user can access their songs anywhere, at any time at the push of a button.

Things you will need

  • iPod Nano
  • iPod USB connection
  • Computer (PC or MAC)


  1. Use the iPod USB connection to connect your iPod Nano to your computer system. If you don’t already have the iTunes music program on your system you will need to connect to the internet and visit Apple’s official website ( to download the latest version.
  2. Then you can choose to register your iPod, doing so will grant you certain privileges and updates. The registration process adds your personal information to Apple’s system so reports can be made if there are technical issues to be dealt with.
  3. Navigate through the iTunes software, and look to the left side to create your different playlists and add whatever songs and videos you wish. You can either buy songs/videos from the iTunes website or you can add those that are already on your computer. Other services may also be purchased from the website such as television shows or podcasts. Feel free to also add pictures to your iPod Nano.
  4. When you have added all the contents you want, then properly disconnect the iPod Nano starting from the iTunes software, and then disconnect the USB connection from the iPod and the computer. Use the rotating button on the iPod to navigate through the contents you have added, then connect your headphones and listen to whatever you like.

The Do’s and Don’ts

  • Purchase a plastic protector (preferably hard) for your iPod Nano to protect it from scratches and dents. This can be purchased from an outlet or on the website.
  • Always keep your iPod Nano far away from extreme heat and water. These elements will damage the device.
  • Always check with your iTunes software to see if any new updates will be needed for your software or iPod Nano to function properly.
  • While using the iPod Nano, be careful of how hard you press the button, the button can be very sensitive and may be very expensive to fix or replace.