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How to put music on iPod

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How to put music on iPod: You just received an iPod as a gift, you connected it to your computer to copy some songs that you had downloaded from the Internet onto it but you were unable to complete the operation because the device is not recognized by the computer or because you have no idea which buttons and commands to use to do this? If the answer is yes, do not be alarmed, they have not trimmed a defective device for you. You just have to learn how to put music on ipod correctly, and I am here today precisely for this.

Take a few seconds of your time and I’ll give you a hand in this first approach with the Apple home media player. No, don’t worry, you won’t have to do anything too complicated, you have my word. Contrary to appearances and beyond what you may think putting music on iPod is in fact an extremely simple operation to perform. You just need to know where to get your hands and you’re done, both on Windows PC that on Mac, trust me.

So if you are actually interested in finding out how to proceed to put music on iPod, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time, sit comfortably in front of your computer and concentrate on reading this tutorial. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell you more than satisfied and that if necessary you will also be ready and well available to explain to your friends in need of receiving a similar advice on how to proceed. How about we bet?

Before explaining what you need to do to be able to put music on iPod I want to make you aware of one thing right away: regardless of the model of iPod you have, the procedure you need to load to load music is practically always the same, in all the cases.

That said, if you want to learn how to put music on iPod, it is essential that it be present on your computer iTunes. If you have never heard of it (which is quite unlikely), iTunes is Apple’s multimedia software that allows you to manage your music library on your PC and synchronize it with the portable devices of the Cupertino house, such as iPhone, iPad and iPod. iTunes 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 the Microsoft 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 button Download.

How to put music on iPod

Then open the installation package iTunesSetup.exe which has been downloaded to your PC and click sequentially on Forward, Install is Yes twice in a row. To conclude presses on end. 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.

ITunes screenshot on Windows

Then keep in mind that in order to put music on iPod it is essential that the songs of your interest have been added to the library iTunes music. If you have not already done so and / or if the songs have not been purchased through iTunes Store, just press on the voice File located in the upper left part of the iTunes menu bar, select the item Add to library … attached to the menu that is shown to you and choose the song or the songs or the folder containing the files of your interest. In the case of CDs, you just need to insert the support for the disc drive of your computer, wait for the appropriate message attached to the iTunes window to appear, asking you if you want to import everything into the program library and press the button Yes. For more details you can read my guide on how to add songs on iTunes where you find extremely detailed information on what to do.

How to put music on iPod

Afterwards, connect the iPod to the computer using the supplied cable, wait for iTunes to start automatically and wait a few moments for the device icon to appear at the top of the main iTunes screen. At this point, click on the button for your iPod and select the section Music from the left sidebar to access the control panel from which to manage the music on the player.

Depending on your needs and the space on the device, you can choose whether to copy the entire music library you have on your PC to iPod or to synchronize only certain albums, playlists or artists selected “manually”. In the first case, just put the check mark on the boxes placed next to the items Sync music is The whole music library then click on the buttons apply is Synchronize. In the second case, however, you must put a check mark on the box located next to the item Selected playlists, artists, albums and genres and use the boxes below to select the playlists, albums, music genres or artists you want to transfer to iPod.

How to put music on iPod

In both cases, if you wish, in addition to putting music on the 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 sync video clips on your iPod, tick the box located next to the item Include video clips that you find attached to the section Music iTunes before pressing the button Synchronize while as regards the other functionality, make sure you have ticked the box located next to item Pselected laylists, artists, albums and genres in the section Music 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 button Synchronize.

How to put music on iPod

Now that you have made your choice, every time you synchronize iTunes with iPod, all the new songs added to the computer’s music library will be automatically copied to the Apple home player according to the selected criteria (any song if you have chosen to synchronize the whole iTunes library or only the new songs of the artists / genres you have selected). Easy, right?

After completing the whole procedure by which to put music on iPod, you will see a special notice appear in the upper center of the iTunes window. You can then disconnect your iPod from the computer. To do this, press the button Eject which is located in the left part of the iTunes window next to the name of your iPod and then disconnect the device cable both from the latter and from the computer.

Now that you have finally figured out how to proceed to put music on iPod there is one last thing you need to know and that I think should be considered before you start listening to music with the Apple portable multi-media player from Apple: if you have a iPod Touch equipped with one of the latest iOS versions you can also use advanced services such as Spotify, the most famous streaming platform in the world that through its Premium plan (9.99 euros / month) also allows you to download music tracks locally and listen to them offline.

To activate the local playback of Spotify songs and, consequently, to put music on iPod using this service, all you have to do is download the relevant app, start it, create an account, subscribe to a Premium subscription and create a playlist with all songs to play offline.

To create a playlist, follow the steps below. In the case of albums, look for them, press the button Save present under their cover image and move up ON the lever relating to the option Available offline. When the download is complete, you will find your albums by accessing the section Your music of the app and then pressing up Album. As for the playlists, first find a song or album to add to your playlist, press the button (…) placed next to its title and select the item Add to playlist from the menu that opens. At this point you can choose to add the content to an existing playlist or to create a new one. Afterwards, go to the section Your music of the app, presses on the voice Playlist, select the playlist to save offline and then move up ON the switch relating to the option Available offline.

In the case of albums, look for them, press the Save button under their cover image and move the lever relating to the option Available offline to ON. Once the download is complete, you will find your albums by accessing the Your Music section of the app and then pressing on Album. As for the playlists, first find a song or album to add to your playlist, press the button (...) located next to its title and select the Add to playlist item from the menu that opens. At this point you can choose to add the content to an existing playlist or to create a new one. Then go to the Your Music section of the app, press the Playlist item, select the playlist to be saved offline and then move the switch on the option Available offline to ON.

If something is not clear to you and / or if you need more details about how to put music on iPod using Spotify you can consult my guide on how Spotify works that I published some time ago on the blog. Take a look and you won’t regret it.