Using an iPod on a laptop is very similar to using it on a desktop computer. Apple's iPod is a portable media player designed to play independently, through an iPod compatible device or through any computer that contains a USB port. iPods can be used to play and transport music from one device to another. To play an iPod on a new computer, you must prevent the iPod and laptop from synchronizing. Synchronizing the two devices causes the laptop to erase and replace the contents of the iPod.
Install the current version of iTunes on your laptop if you do not already have it. You can download iTunes from the Apple website (see Resources).
Install iTunes using the default settings.
Plug your iPod's USB cord into an open USB port on the laptop. If the laptop does not recognize the device, the iPod's battery might be dead. Allow a few minutes for the iPod to charge before attempting to unplug and reconnect the device.
Launch iTunes and select your iPod. Your iPod is listed under the "Devices" heading on the left side of the iTunes source list.
Click "Summary" in the main iTunes window and select "Manually manage music and videos" to prevent iTunes from synchronizing with your iPod.
Click "Contents" at the top of iTunes to open the iPod's contents for viewing and playback on the laptop.
Click the "Eject" icon next to your iPod label when you are finished listening to music. This must be done prior to disconnection when using an iPod manually.
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