If you've just purchased or received a new iPod, there are a few easy steps you can take to get your Apple device set up and ready for use. In a recent post for Digital Trends, contributor Drew Prindle outlined steps for downloading music to your device, explaining that the first step is to download the latest version of Apple's iTunes software.
Once you have iTunes downloaded, you can open the program up and add music files from your computer to your iTunes library. Go to “File,” and then “Add Folder to Library.” It's as simple as that to import all of your music to your library. Prindle mentioned that you can also add music to your library by purchasing songs or albums directly from the iTunes music store.
After you have updated your iTunes library with all your music files, you should connect your iPod to the computer with a USB cable. You can also connect iPods to the computer wirelessly; however, sometimes your device will sync faster when connected via a hardwire cable. Turner also mentioned that you don't have to import your entire music catalog to your device, and you can create smaller playlists that you would like to sync while leaving your entire library intact on your PC.
Once you've selected which music you wish to have on your iPod, click on the iPod icon, which will be on the left-hand side of the iTunes interface. Then click on the “Music” button and check the “Sync Music” box. To sync your entire music library, check “Entire music library” instead.
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