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How to download music to iPod

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You recently bought your first iPod and all happy with the thing, you immediately ran home so you could experience the features. However, if you are here now, reading this guide, most likely it is because you are having some difficulty in being able to understand how to download your favorite musical assets on the famous device so that you can play them on the move. If things are actually this way I am happy to inform you that luckily you can count on me. In the following lines, in fact, I’m going to show you everything you can do to download music to iPod .

How do you say? Are you worried that downloading music to iPod is too complicated and would you prefer to use another multimedia player? But no, you don’t have to, first of all because what made available by Apple is an excellent music player (and not only!) And secondly because contrary to appearances downloading music on iPod is a real no-brainer, you have my word .

Having clarified this, if you are therefore really willing to find out how to proceed in order to download music to iPod, I suggest that you take a few minutes of free time, get comfortable and concentrate carefully on reading the indications that I am about to provide you. Are you ready? Yes? Very well, let’s get started.

Before explaining what you need to do to download music to iPod, you need to know one thing. Regardless   of the iPod model in your possession, the “basic procedure” that must be performed to download music is always the same, in all cases, and involves the use of iTunes . There are also “alternative procedures” that provide for the use of the iTunes Store and / or  third-party apps and which can be used only and exclusively if you have an iPod Touch, the version of the Apple home media player more like iPhone. Having said that, ban on the talk and proceed.

Downloading Music to iPod – Basic Procedure

As I said, to be able to download music to iPod following the basic procedure it is essential to have a computer and it is essential that iTunes be present on the latter  . This software is included “standard” on all Macs while it must be downloaded and installed separately on Windows computers. So if you use a computer equipped with Microsoft’s operating system and you have not yet downloaded iTunes,  click here  to connect to Apple’s official website and download the program by clicking on the Download button  . Then open the iTunesSetup.exe installation  package  that has been downloaded to your PC and click sequentially on  NextInstall and  Yes  twice in a row. To conclude presses on  Finish . If you need more details about the procedure to follow for downloading and installing iTunes, I suggest you read my guide on  how to download iTunes for free .

Screenshot of the iTunes download page

Then know that in order to download music to iPod it is essential that the songs of your interest have been added to the  iTunes music library  . If you have not already done so and if you do not know how to do this, you can consult my guide on  how to add songs on iTunes  where you can find extremely detailed information on what to do.

ITunes screenshot connected to iPod

Proceed now by going to connect your iPod to your PC or Mac using the cable provided. Then wait for iTunes to start and for the media player icon to appear at the top of the main screen of the software then press on it and select the Music section   from the left sidebar to access the control panel from which to manage the music on the player .

ITunes screenshot connected to iPod

Based on what your needs are and also taking into account the space on the device, you can choose whether to copy the entire music library you have on your computer to iPod or synchronize only certain albums, playlists or artists selected manually. In the first case, all you have to do is put the check mark next to the items  Synchronize music  and  All music library  and then click on the Apply and Synchronize buttons . In the second case, however, you must place a check mark next to the item  Playlists, artists, albums and selected genres and use the boxes below to select the playlists, albums, music genres or artists you want to transfer to iPod. To conclude presses the Synchronize button   located at the bottom right.

ITunes screenshot connected to iPod

If you want, in addition to uploading music to iPod, you can include any video clips on your computer and you can enable a special option that allows you to fill any empty space left on the device with songs of sufficient capacity. To also synchronize the video clips on your iPod, check the box located next to the Include video clips item   that is attached to the Music section   of iTunes before pressing the Synchronize button   while regarding the other functionality, make sure you have ticked the box located next to the Playlist item , artists, albums and genres selected  in the Music section  of the iTunes window and then put a check mark on the box located next to the item  Automatically fill the free space with songs , always before clicking the Synchronize button  .

ITunes screenshot connected to iPod

Subsequently, every time you synchronize iTunes with iPod on the Apple player, all the new songs added to the computer’s music library will be automatically copied according to the selected criteria.

Once you have completed the procedure by which to download music to iPod you will see a special notice appear in the upper center of the iTunes window.

Then disconnect your iPod from the computer by first clicking on the Eject button   which is located in the left part of the iTunes window next to the name of your iPod and then disconnecting the device cable, both from the latter and from the computer.

Then listen to the songs added to your iPod by accessing the Music app   on the device.

Download Music to iPod – Alternative Procedures

If you own an iPod Touch as well as as I indicated in the previous lines, you can download music using the iTunes Store and / or that of third-party apps.

If you are interested in how to download music to iPod via the iTunes Store, access the home screen of the device and press the iTunes Store icon   (the app with the purple icon that represents a musical note). Before accessing the iTunes Store, however, make sure that your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, otherwise all the operations that I am about to indicate will not be successful.

Once the main screen of the iTunes Store is displayed, press the Music item   located at the bottom left. Once this is done you should display the home page of the iTunes Store with the list of the most interested albums of the moment. To browse the sales charts or the list of albums based on their musical genres, use the buttons located at the top of the screen instead to search for artists and songs directly use the Search button   located at the bottom.

ITunes Store screenshot on iPod Touch

To download a song or album of interest, just press the button located on the side of the title of the same and indicating the purchase price. After tapping the button, enter any password required for your Apple account and then wait for the procedure by which to download music from iTunes is first started and then completed. If you wish before downloading a song or album you can listen to a short preview by pressing on the title of the same.

Once you have finished the procedure to download music to iPod, you can then listen to the downloaded songs by accessing the Music app   on your device.

Other excellent systems for downloading music to iPod then consist, as I mentioned, in resorting to the use of third-party apps. In this regard, I invite you to take a look at my guide app guide  to download music  to identify any applications that you think may be appropriate to your needs.

Screenshot of Spotify on iPod Touch

In this case, however, I would like to clarify that:  illegally downloading copyrighted music from the Internet is illegal and that the guide I suggested you consult has been written solely and exclusively for illustrative purposes. Therefore, keep in mind that it is absolutely not my intention to encourage piracy and therefore I do not take any responsibility for how you can use the information in the article indicated.