Enjoy your music while on-the-go with the iPod, Apple's flagship portable media player. New iPods come empty and ready to be filled with your favorite songs. Apple has built automated syncing functions into its music management software so new users can quickly add music to their new iPod, whether it's downloaded from the Internet or ripped from a physical CD.
Open the iTunes software, used to manage music for the iPod device. Double-click the iTunes icon from within your Mac hard drive's "Applications" folder, or by clicking the iTunes logo in the Windows "Start" menu. If you don't have iTunes installed, download a free copy from Apple's iTunes website (see Resources).
Build your music collection. Download songs for free and for purchase from the built-in iTunes store by clicking "iTunes Store" in the left-hand side of the iTunes software. Alternatively, import songs from your personal CD collection. Insert a CD into your computer and press "Import" in iTunes to download all the music off of the CD. If you already have MP3 songs on your computer, drag them to the iTunes window to import them to the iTunes library.
Connect your iPod to your computer. Plug the thin, flat end of the included iPod USB cable into the bottom of your iPod device. Insert the standard USB end of the cable into an open USB port on your computer. The device will automatically begin syncing with iTunes.
Follow the on-screen prompts to setup your iPod with iTunes if this is the first time you've connected your device to your computer. Otherwise, wait for iTunes to recognize your iPod. The software will automatically add the music you imported in Step 2 to your iPod.
Press the center button on your iPod's scroll wheel to access and listen to the music you've just added.
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