Adding music to an iPod using iTunes enables you to transfer songs from the iTunes library on your personal computer so that you can enjoy music wherever you are. You have a few different options for copying music onto your iPod using iTunes, giving you maximum control over your iPod's content.
Connect iPod to your computer and iTunes using a USB cord. The factory settings of iTunes will automatically copy music in iTunes onto your iPod, unless you change these settings. If you want to copy everything on iTunes onto your iPod, your work is done. Simply be patient as iTunes transfers files to your iPod. If you'd like to have more control, continue onto the following steps.
Click on your iPod's name (for example, Tim's iPod), which can be found under the "Devices" list on the left side of iTunes.
Click the Music tab, which can be found near the top. Do not unselect "Sync Music," as this will wipe out the music files on your iPod. Instead, you can select whether you'd like to sync the entire music library or selected playlists, artists and genres. If you click on "Selected playlists, artists and genres," you should put a check mark next to each artist, genre or playlist that you'd like on your iPod. Once you are done, click "Apply."
Click the Summary tab and scroll to the bottom where you'll see a list called "Options." Clicking on "Sync only checked songs and videos" enables you to have even more specific control over what songs are copied onto your iPod. If you choose to do this, before selecting "Sync only checked songs and videos," return to your iTunes library and check each song you'd like put onto your iPod, and uncheck the songs that you don't want transferred onto your iPod. Return to the Summary tab for your iPod and then click "Sync only checked songs and videos." Click "Apply," which can be found near the bottom.
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