Here we’ve compiled convenient steps to download music to iPod, similar to our previous guide on how to update iTunes on a PC in 5 easy steps.
Unlike most players in the market where transferring music is as simple as copy and paste, Apple devices demand a little more pampering. Perceived to be complicated for some, importing music to an iPod requires synchronizing the player with its parent software ‘iTunes,’ to get the job done. Since its introduction back in 2001, the iPod range from Apple and has grown to acquire a number of additions like the iPod touch, iPod nano, iPod shuffle and the iPod classic.
Before beginning ensure you have ticked-out all our requirements that comprise the iTunes software (Windows and MAC OS), iPod USB cable (comes with the device), Wi-Fi connection (for iPod touch only), and obviously your favorite music files.
Sync music files from iTunes library to iPod
1 – Importing music files:
With all the needed items in place, the first step involves adding files into the iTunes library. On the first start, the application should automatically scan the entire PC for support file formats and import them. If not, you can manually do so through the ‘File’ menu by selecting either the ‘Add File to Library’ or ‘Add Folder to Library’ option.
Additionally, if your music is stored on an external source like a CD, extracting those files can be done in three simple steps.
i. Insert the CD into optical drive.
ii. Start iTunes and let the disc load automatically
iii. Hit on the Import CD button to start the ripping process
Also, the software will add the newly imported files straight into your library. And if the PC is connected to the internet, information on artist/album name, genre and even the album art will get updated. Furthermore, you can also purchase music through the iTunes Store that hosts a catalogue of tracks from composers worldwide.
2 – Transferring imported tracks:
By this point you should already have a track list ready for export onto the iPod. Now, on connecting the device to the computer, iTunes will automatically detect it.
To begin the synchronization,
i. Click on the iPod from under the ‘Devices’ tab and further head over to the Music menu
ii. Tick mark the ‘Sync Music’ option and then click ‘Apply’ located on the lower-right section of the window to initiate the transfer.
Depending on the number of files selected, the time required to complete this task shouldn’t take more than five minutes. Well, all that’s left to say now is congratulation! And, how tough was that? If these steps present themselves as a hassle every time you need to add new tracks, simply drag and drop the desired files onto the iTunes windows for updating the track list without re-synching the entire device.
Downloading music directly from the iPod over Wi-Fi (iPod touch and other iOS devices)
1 – iTunes Store app: So here’s where the Wi-Fi requirement comes into play. If you have an iPod touch, then downloading songs is a piece of cake. With the iTunes Store integrated into the device, you can simply purchase music straight from within the application instead or carrying out the hassle of first acquiring them on a PC and then going through the entire synchronization process.
2 – iCloud: With the iOS 5 well underway, the latest feature added to the operating system is stated to bring you music ‘Where you want and when you want.’ Yes, that’s right. Currently in its beta stage, the upcoming iCloud technology will have all your purchases delivered straight to the iPod and ready for download.
With the synchronization method adopted by Apple being persistent since ages, our methods to download music to iPod are without a doubt capable of eliminating the complexity that most users encounter during the process.