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
- 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
Charging the iPod
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You can disconnect your iPod when the safe to remove icon appears on its screen.
- To charge using an iPod Dock, connect the dock to the computer; place the iPod securely into the dock.
Managing your iPod’s media
- Log on to the iTunes page on the Apple site, here.
- Click on the Download iTunes icon.
- Follow the instructions on your screen.
Syncing media files to your iPod
- Connect the iPod to your computer and open iTunes.
- Select iPod in the Devices section on the left side of the iTunes window.
- In the main iTunes browser window, select the Music tab.
- Select the check box labeled “Sync Music.”
- Your iPod will need to have enough capacity to sync the content that you have selected from your library.
- To sync podcasts, select the Podcast tab and choose to sync all podcasts or selected ones.
- Click Apply and iTunes will begin syncing the audio content you’ve selected to your iPod.
- The iTunes LCD will display the sync progress and notify you when the iPod sync is complete.
- To disconnect your iPod, select it under devices and click the eject icon.
Listening to music on your iPod
- Disconnect the iPod from the computer after it has been ejected.
- Insert headphones.
- Use the center button to select Music in the main menu.
- Select the category with which you would like to browse your music library.
- Scroll through the menu by rubbing your thumb around the click wheel.
- Select the artist, genre, song, album, or playlist of your choice and it should start playing.
- 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:
- Apple.com 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.