One of the most common questions a new iPhone or iPod user asks is how do you download songs onto an iPod?
Downloading songs onto an iPod, a process called syncing, is the main way to transfer music from your iTunes library to your iPod (it’s also how you add other content – video, podcasts, photos, etc. – to your iPod).
It’s also a simple process that, after you’ve done once, you’ll hardly need to think about again.
- To begin with make sure you’ve got iTunes installed on your computer and have added music to your library. You can do this by ripping songs from CD, buying them at online stores like the iTunes Store, and other means.
- Next, connect your iPod to your computer. If iTunes isn’t already open, it should open now. If you haven’t set up your iPod yet, iTunes will prompt you through the set up process.
- After this is done, or if your iPod has already been set up, you’ll see the main iPod management screen. This screen shows a picture of your iPod and has a set of tabs across the top. The first tab is music. Click it.
In the Music tab, you’ll see a number of options:
- Sync Entire Library does what it says: It syncs all the music in your iTunes library to your iPod.
- Sync Selected playlists, artists, and genres allows you to choose what music goes on your iPod.
- Include music videos syncs them to your iPod if you have any.
- You can also select certain playlists, genres of music, or artists to sync to your iPod.
- If you want more control over what songs get downloaded to your iPod, consider making a playlist and syncing just that playlist, or unchecking songs to prevent them from being downloaded to your iPod.
After you’ve changed settings and determined which songs you want to download, click the “Apply” button at the bottom right of the iTunes window. This will begin the downloading songs onto your iPod. How long it takes depends on how many songs you're downloading.
Once the syncing is complete, though, you will have successfully downloaded music onto your iPod.
What You Need
- A computer with iTunes installed
- Music in your iTunes library
- An iPod