The iPod is among the most popular portable devices for storing and playing audio files. Designed by Apple, iPods come in a variety of shapes and sizes with storage capacities from 4 to 160 GB. Depending on your lifestyle and preferences, there is an iPod that can meet your needs for a relatively affordable price. This article outlines only the basics of using your iPod.

You will need

  • iPod
  • iTunes 8.2.1 for PC or Mac
  • PC with Windows XP operating system or higher
  • Macintosh computer with Mac OS X version 10.5.8 operating system or higher
  • iPod USB cord and charger
  • Earphones


Charging the iPod

  1. You must charge your iPod battery before using it. You can charge the iPod battery by connecting it to an Apple iPod Power Adapter, or your computer.
  2. To charge using an Apple iPod Power Adapter, connect your iPod to the adapter using the FireWire or USB cable that comes included with the iPod; plug the adapter into a working electrical socket.
  3. To charge using a computer, ensure that your computer is turned on and isn’t sleeping or hibernating; connect the iPod to a USB or Firewire port on your computer that provides power; plug your computer into an electrical power source.
  4. You can disconnect your iPod when the safe to remove icon appears on its screen.
  5. To charge using an iPod Dock, connect the dock to the computer; place the iPod securely into the dock.

Managing your iPod’s media

  1. Log on to the iTunes page on the Apple site, here.
  2. Click on the Download iTunes icon.
  3. Follow the instructions on your screen.

Syncing media files to your iPod

  1. Connect the iPod to your computer and open iTunes.
  2. Select iPod in the Devices section on the left side of the iTunes window.
  3. In the main iTunes browser window, select the Music tab.
  4. Select the check box labeled “Sync Music.”
  5. Your iPod will need to have enough capacity to sync the content that you have selected from your library.
  6. To sync podcasts, select the Podcast tab and choose to sync all podcasts or selected ones.
  7. Click Apply and iTunes will begin syncing the audio content you’ve selected to your iPod.
  8. The iTunes LCD will display the sync progress and notify you when the iPod sync is complete.
  9. To disconnect your iPod, select it under devices and click the eject icon.

Listening to music on your iPod

  1. Disconnect the iPod from the computer after it has been ejected.
  2. Insert headphones.
  3. Use the center button to select Music in the main menu.
  4. Select the category with which you would like to browse your music library.
  5. Scroll through the menu by rubbing your thumb around the click wheel.
  6. Select the artist, genre, song, album, or playlist of your choice and it should start playing.
  7. To go back at any time, press Menu on the click wheel until you reach your desired menu list.


  • Visit online resources for complete guides to using your iPod:
  • Tutorials
  • Mobile Learning How To Use an iPod
  • Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your Ipod’s Battery
  • Avoid using the headphones at a high volume; keep the volume at a moderate level, this will allow you to hear outside sounds and to be considerate to the people around you.


  • Use your iPod where it will be subjected to extremes of light, temperature, moisture, or vibration.
  • Leave your iPod exposed to high temperatures, such as in a car parked under direct sunlight.