iPods have been popular for quite some time, but there are some people who are just now feeling comfortable enough, or having the desire, to make the purchase. For those who are thinking about buying one, or who have recently purchased one but not yet opened it, the following tips will show you how easy it is to upload your tunes and enjoy your new device.
One: The first thing you want to do is charge the battery that came with the device, in full. You can charge it by attaching it to your computer or by attaching it to the portable charger that may have come with it. A light on the iPod will indicate when the charge is complete.
Two: What you can do while your battery is charging, is upload the software that came with the iPod to your computer. This is important to do because it will enable your device and computer to recognize one another in order for you to be able to transfer the music you want to hear from the computer to the iPod. The software is easy enough to install and it will walk you through the process with easy step-by-step instructions.
Three: The next step is to make sure the songs you want on your iPod are already on your computer. You can do this in one of several ways. First, you can upload music from Cds that you already own. This is great for playing songs you already own, and of course there is no charge to you. Two, you can download songs to your computer via the iTunes store, which is accessible through their website, details given via the instructions that came with the iPod. There is a minimal charge for each song you download. Third, you can transfer music that is already on your computer hard drive to the portable player.
Four: Now it is time to transfer the music from your computer to your device. If you are using iTunes, there should be a message on your computer that lets you opt to transfer songs automatically from your iTunes collection, to your device, when you plug the player into the computer. If so, the machines will do all of the work for you. If, however, you are choosing songs from your computer library (that were already on your computer or that you have uploaded from Cds), then you will have to click on each song individually to make the transfer. Again, it is a very easy process and self-explanatory as you go.
There will be times, as there are with any device that is computer-related, when you will receive an error message. There is a manual included with your iPod, or you can access the website for help, when these occurrences pop up. The most common error, however, occurs when you are trying to transfer music that is not in your iPod library. Fixing the challenge is easy enough by simply converting the song you would like to transfer to another format. Do not let the terminology scare you, once you have done it one time, you will realize how very easy it is to do. Simply click on the Advanced Menu tab in iTunes and it will walk you through the process.
Know too, that while you can transfer music from your computer to your iPod, you cannot transfer music from the iPod to the computer. At least not yet. I am fairly certain technology may advance to allow that function at some time in the near future.
Once you have your songs transferred from your computer to your iPod (a message will display on the screen to tell you songs have finished downloading), you are ready to enjoy your music. Simply unplug the iPod from your computer, and push ‘Play.’
As an extra note, there are many devices available today that further help you enjoy your iPod. If you do not like ear devices for listening, you can purchase a speaker adapter that allows you to place the device in the middle of two speakers and play it, very similar to a traditional stereo, and in many cases, with the same quality of sound. You can also purchase alarm clocks that allow you to place the iPod in them to wake you up to your favorite tunes.
iPods are really fun and convenient, and they hold a LOT of songs. All you need to do now, is sit back and enjoy your new purchase.