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Beginner’s Guide to iPod, Part II: Five Steps to Using Your iPod

The iPod was not the first portable digital music player, nor is it the cheapest. Regardless, even Apple's critics agree that the iPod has done something better than any of its competitors: it makes digital music easy to organize and enjoy in a completely portable format.

Easy is the key word in that sentence: using the iPod's screen-and-wheel interface and Apple's free iTunes (music importing, organizing and downloading) software, the average person can quickly transform a mountain of CDs into an iPod playing perfectly sorted, great sounding music, feats that only tech-savvy users could perform only two or three years ago.

This Part II of our Beginner's Guide to iPod has a simple goal: give new and prospective users a quick run through the most common issues involved in setting up and using their iPods. If you need deeper help on any of these issues, use the Help button at the top of every iLounge page for detailed guides. Between this rough outline and the iLounge discussion forums, FAQs and links, you'll hopefully have everything you need at your fingertips, and be ready to hit the ground running.

Part I: So You Want to Buy an iPod?
Part II: Five Steps to Using Your iPod
Part III: Necessary Accessories for Typical Users
Part IV: Awesome Accessories for Power Users
Part V: From Photos to eBooks, Creating Content and Troubleshooting

Part II: Five Steps to Using Your iPod (June 8, 2004)

Step 1: Understand What's in the Box - and What's Not

Every iPod box includes five items that are more important than the rest: the iPod, a pair of earphones, at least one white cable, a white plastic power supply, and a software CD that works on PCs and Macintoshes.


The complete contents of a full-sized iPod box are here, but you'll only need to worry about the items with * marks. Top row, left to right: White CD software box* (underneath), earphones*, bagged Dock Connector protectors (2), wired Remote Control, full-sized iPod*, nylon case (inside soft carry case). Bottom row, left to right: Dock, FireWire cable*, power adapter*.

The iPod is a self-contained music playback device, and except for headphones, you won't need to carry anything else around when you're using it. Unlike a Walkman, there are no AA batteries to worry about - the iPod contains a rechargeable battery, and you recharge it by connecting it to the aforementioned white cable and power supply. Even better, you won't need to carry CDs, tapes or other musical media with you: with the help of your computer, the iPod will transport your entire library of CDs onto its portable hard disk.

There's only one item that the typical iPod buyer will need yet won't find in the iPod's box: a USB cable. You can skip to the next step in this Guide if you purchased an iPod mini, or are using either a recent Macintosh computer or a PC that you know is compatible with "FireWire" cables. If not, either you (or a tech-savvy friend) should read the following for an extra purchase you'll probably need to make.

USB stands for "Universal Serial Bus," and because the USB cable standard has in fact become universal, virtually every desktop computer currently manufactured includes one or two USB ports. Almost every peripheral device manufactured for PCs uses USB cables.

FireWire is a cable standard preferred by Apple, and a FireWire cable is included in every iPod box as the "white cable" described above. Unfortunately, Firewire is far less common on PC desktop machines than on laptops and Macintoshes. Unless your computer's manual says you have a FireWire port (or you already knew to purchase an add-on), you don't.


Apple's official FireWire cable for both the iPod and iPod mini.

Bowing to market pressure, Apple eventually made the iPod compatible with USB-equipped computers, and now sells separately a combined "iPod USB 2.0 + FireWire Cable" ($19) that contains a plug that typical PC users will prefer. Global Source also sells a fully compatible, retractable USB cable ($15.99), which might be a good alternative investment, and useful for travel purposes. These aren't standard USB cables you might already have around the house. One side uses a proprietary flat Apple connector to attach to the iPod, and the other side has a USB plug.


Apple's official iPod USB 2.0 + FireWire Cable.

Thankfully, you won't need to buy anything extra if you buy the iPod mini. It includes separate USB and FireWire cables in the box, and future iPods will most likely do the same.

There's only one other problem. Most computers have older, slower USB ports rather than newer, faster USB 2.0 ports. Worse yet, typical PC users won't be able to tell the difference between a computer with USB 2.0 ports and USB 1 ports, because they look identical to one another. The somewhat good news is that any iPod and USB 2.0 cables will work if you plug them into an older USB 1 port, but music transfers will be slow. Really slow. The good news is that you'll generally only have to suffer once or twice to fill your iPod.

If slow speeds don't bother you, skip now to step 2. If you know you have a USB 2.0 port on your computer and have purchased the optional Apple/Global Source cables, skip to step 2. But if you want a fast, reliable FireWire option for your PC, Belkin makes a FireWire 3-Port card for desktop PCs (MSRP $59, commonly sold for $34.99 or less) that you can install quickly and with tremendous benefit. We strongly recommend Belkin's solution over cheaper alternatives, since too many super-cheap FireWire cards create installation and compatibility problems for their owners.

Step 2: Preparing Your Computer to Connect to the iPod

Connecting the iPod to your computer is a simple process - if you follow the directions. Resist the temptation to prepare your computer in advance by downloading iPod drivers/updates and iTunes from Apple's web site. Instead, begin the process by inserting the iPod software CD into your computer, then follow the directions to install the iPod software. Drivers and tools will be installed on your computer, as will be iTunes. Though they may not be the newest versions of these applications, they're guaranteed to work right out of the box. Update them with Internet downloads later, once you've established that everything's working.


Apple's official FireWire dock cable plugged into a full-sized iPod.

Once you've followed all the directions to complete the software installation, you can physically connect your iPod to your computer. PCs may require a Restart before plugging anything in, and we strongly recommend that you strictly follow the directions, particularly Restart and any "Don't Disconnect the iPod" instructions, to a T. Failure to do so can cause unexpected computer and iPod problems that will take longer to fix than just doing things properly in the first place.

When it's time to make the connection, if you have a FireWire port on your computer, use the white FireWire cable. If you have a USB port on your computer, you'll use either of the optional USB 2.0 cables described above, or the standalone USB cable included with the iPod mini.

To make the physical connection, you plug the long, flat end of the cable into your iPod's bottom "Dock Connector" port, and the other end into your computer. Within seconds, your computer will recognize that the iPod's plugged in, and give you additional directions on how to prepare it for its first use.

An iPod will automatically recharge its battery when connected with a FireWire cable to a desktop computer or Macintosh laptop, and the iPod mini can even recharge its battery when connected to a USB 2.0 port. You'll know if your battery is charging because a battery icon will appear in the upper right-hand corner of the iPod's screen, and show movement to indicate recharging activity. Be aware that if your iPod isn't charging when connected to your computer, the connection will aggressively drain its rechargeable battery.


A full-sized iPod plugged into a Dock with FireWire dock cable attached.

When the battery icon is low, and whenever you want to disconnect the iPod from your computer, make sure to follow Apple's directions for safely disconnecting the iPod from your PC or Mac. You can typically "Eject" the iPod by either using iTunes or selecting the iPod icon on your computer's desktop. On a Mac, dropping the iPod in the trash can (which becomes an eject icon) will let you safely disconnect. On a PC, you can always right-click the "Safely Disconnect Hardware" icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to disconnect your iPod.

Step 3: Transferring Your Old Music to the iPod

Every iPod's software CD includes iTunes, an easy to use program that looks the same on PCs and Macs. iTunes makes it easy to convert all of your CDs into individual digital song files that will be stored on the iPod. Load iTunes and pop a CD into your computer. The program will show you a collection of unnamed tracks, which you can name yourself or automatically. To auto-identify your CD tracks, connect to the Internet, then choose "Get CD Track Names" from the Advanced menu at the top of the screen.


A screenshot of iTunes 4.5 for Mac OS X. The PC version of iTunes looks virtually indistinguishable from the Mac version.

Next, you'll select all of the tracks you want to copy (using the Alt key on PCs and the Apple/propeller key on Macs to pick individual tracks), and drag them into one of two locations in the iTunes window. The left side of the window shows one location called Library and another location named iPod, iPod mini, or whatever you've named the device.

When you drag the music from your CD, you can either drop the tracks onto your computer ("Library") or directly onto your iPod. We recommend that you move tracks from CDs into your Library first, and transfer them to your iPod later. But you can go directly from CD to iPod if you prefer. In either case, it will take minutes (perhaps longer, depending on your computer) to convert the CD tracks into digital files.

If you've dropped the tracks into your Library, clicking on the left hand word Library will open the Library so that you can see what's inside. Each time you insert a CD, it will appear in the list of left-hand links, and you just repeat the process above to add more of your CDs to your computer's digital library. Once you're done converting all of your CDs to digital files - a process that may take a full afternoon and evening - you can either fine tune your collection's names and genres within the computer's library, or immediately transfer everything over to the iPod.

What about audio cassette tapes, vinyl records, and other types of recordings? These sorts of transfers are more difficult to do on your own, but companies will do the transfers for you for a fee. A full list of service companies is available at

Step 4: Buying New Music and Audio Books for the iPod

Adding new music to the iPod is as simple as either buying new CDs and repeating the above process, or purchasing music online through Apple's iTunes Music Store (iTMS). iTMS is integrated directly into iTunes, and appears as a "Music Store" link on the left hand bar. Connect to the Internet and click on the link to make the Music Store open. A search window at the top right of the iTunes window will help you find anything you might want to purchase, and once you find something you think you'll like, you can hear a 30-second preview by clicking on it twice.


A screenshot of iTunes Music Store 4.5 for Mac OS X.

Under the heading "Price," you'll see a $0.99 cent listing and a button to "Buy Song" (or "Add Song" if you set the program up to use a shopping cart instead of instant purchasing). Once you click on the Buy Song button, iTunes will help you set up an account to purchase music if you haven't already done so, and will download the file to your computer's Library. On an older computer connection, this could take a few minutes; on a newer one, a few seconds. Once the file has been downloaded, you can transfer it to your iPod from the Library just as discussed above.

Alternately, you can purchase entire albums (typically $9.99), or use the shopping cart to accumulate all the tracks you want to buy before downloading them at once. The files will always wind up in your Library rather than directly on your iPod, just so that the chance of "losing" the music you downloaded (by accidentally erasing the iPod) is decreased. iTunes has built-in software that lets you burn your downloaded songs onto CDs, but you won't really care so much about doing that once you have an iPod.

If you're interested in listening to audio books, magazines, newspapers or pre-recorded radio shows with your iPod, a company called Audible has enjoyed great success in providing them via an online download service. Individual books are available at discounts off of their standard retail prices, and a monthly subscription-based service entitles subscribers to receive one book and one magazine per month, or two books per month at a fixed price. The iPod is entirely compatible with Audible's service, and Audible even offers paid subscribers a $100 discount off the purchase of an iPod. Additional details are available at

Step 5: Using Your iPod's Menus and Controls

The genius of the iPod is in its easy-to-use menus and controls. After choosing the language for your menus, the iPod presents you with a customizable main menu with two key options: "Browse" and "Settings." You sweep your finger in circular motions across the iPod's wheel to move up and down through the menu choices, and tap the button in the center of the wheel to select a menu choice and "go forward." Pressing the "Menu" button brings you back to the last screen you were on, the equivalent of a "reverse" button.

Use the wheel and center button to select "Browse." You'll see a list of five choices: "Artists, Albums, Songs, Genres, Composers." Select any of these categories with the center button and you'll see that the iPod has organized your music automatically, alphabetically, and by the type of list you selected. If you have the iPod sort by Album name, for example, you'll instantly see a list of your albums in alphabetical order. Pick an album with the center button and you'll see a list of songs. Clicking on any song with the center button will start the song playing. If you haven't connected your headphones, plug them in and listen - you'll be impressed. It's so simple, and it sounds great even though you've shrunk all those CDs into something so tiny.


A full-sized iPod's screen displaying the main menu. The iPod mini's screen looks the same and uses the same menus, only with space for one less line of text.

When you've selected a song and it's playing, you're looking at the "Now Playing" screen. On that screen, you'll see the song's title and artist (on an iPod mini), and also the album's name if you're using a full-sized iPod. During playback, the iPod's controls now allow you to skip forward and back between tracks using the buttons marked |<< (back) and >>| (forward). You can pause the song with the button marked > ||. Resuming a paused song uses the same > || button, which stands for Play / Pause.

But more importantly, you can also adjust volume, easily change your current place in the track, and even rate the song for future reference. Volume is adjusted by sweeping your finger up or down across the wheel. Hit the center button once and a timeline will appear at the bottom of the screen. Sweep your finger up or down to move smoothly from the beginning to the middle to the end of the track. Do nothing and the volume control will reappear. Then, hit the center button twice and you'll see five dots - move your finger up or down on the wheel to make 0-5 stars appear as a rating for the song. You can organize songs to play in order of ranking, too.

If you press the Menu button four or five times, you'll return to the iPod's "main menu," where you should select the other important option: "Settings." From this menu, you can completely customize the list of choices in the "main menu" by selecting that option, then picking "on" or "off" for each of the listings. We prefer to turn "Browse" off and turn "Artists," "Albums," "Songs" and "Genres" on, so that all of our favorite choices are on the main menu instead of hidden in the "Browse" menu we described above.

The Settings menu also allows you to adjust the iPod's playback options, such as whether to use Shuffled (randomized) playback, whether to use an equalizer (EQ) to boost bass, treble and mid-range audio, and whether to use "Sound Check" to automatically fix the volume of your songs to prevent sudden changes up or down. You can also set the backlight timer, screen contrast, clicker sound, and date and time in Settings.

Press the menu button several times and you'll come back to the main screen. There are plenty of other features to explore, including a few cute games, a simple text reader, and much more.

And of course, turning off the iPod is as simple as holding down the Play / Pause button for two seconds. But why would you ever want to turn off your new iPod?

Jeremy Horwitz is Senior Editor of iLounge and practices intellectual property law in his spare time. His recent book, Law School Insider, has been called the "best book about law school - ever," and he continues to contribute to Ziff-Davis electronic entertainment magazines.

Part I: So You Want to Buy an iPod?
Part II: Five Steps to Using Your iPod
Part III: Necessary Accessories for Typical Users
Part IV: Awesome Accessories for Power Users
Part V: From Photos to eBooks, Creating Content and Troubleshooting

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This is a great series - looking forward to the rest!

Posted by Snowy in Australia on June 8, 2004 at 12:17 AM (CDT)


good article, very basic though, I look forward to part IV, I hope I’ll learn something new

Posted by Nuke666 in Melbourne, Austalia on June 8, 2004 at 12:51 AM (CDT)


Ofcourse I would be lying if I said the PSP is better than the iPod. This article clearly shows what we want in all of our portable devices during the 21st century. That is we want it to be compact and sleek in design, which are distinct qualities as pointed out by the ipod. Now ladies and gentlemen Boyz and Girls is you take the PSP with its usless colour screen and faulty ports with a complicated design that cannot be translates by anyone born after 1985 the ipod seems to be the overall better choice. I suggest the PSP is usless and the iPod ROCKZ!!!!!

Posted by Sony Computer Entertainment Systems on June 8, 2004 at 7:28 AM (CDT)


One small piece of critique: It might be nice to come directly out and say that you can sync your full-sized iPod with a USB cable, but it won’t take a charge through it. I know it’s specifically stated that the mini WILL, and it’s a big difference between the two for those of us with no firewire port and no way to add them effectively.
Otherwise this series is shaping up quite nicely!

Posted by Prudence in Somerville, MA on June 8, 2004 at 8:38 AM (CDT)


Hi.. great article a good follow up to part one.

I can’t wait for my ipod to come, i am now ready for the “basics” and in a few days might be able to read Part IV and understand it completely.

One Small point though… what is this “Fire Wire” you talk of?

Posted by Dick large on June 8, 2004 at 9:13 AM (CDT)


i cant wait to tommarow part 3

Posted by CaTasHtRoPhE on June 8, 2004 at 12:55 PM (CDT)


Dick large…firewire is an Apple peripheral interface similar to the USB ports that all PCs feature. It’s the default interface opinion that the iPod comes with. 

One point I wanted to make, and thank you for personally addressing my last post Jeremy, is that there is a positive solution to using the USB cable.  It’s something one of my co-workers pointed out to me, and I feel stupid for not seeing it before.  If someone here who has a USB cable could try this, I’d be interested to know if it works.  Plug the USB cable into the computer, and plug the firewire cable into the charger….see if that enables the iPod to charge while interfacing with your PC.  If so, then I guess using USB with the iPod wouldn’t be such a bad idea.  Firewire is still better though

Posted by AJ on June 8, 2004 at 1:15 PM (CDT)


AJ, that method has already been tested long ago by many members of iPodlounge. It works, so yes, using USB isn’t that bad of a method either, except for the fact that you must buy the USB cables.

Posted by DarkJC on June 8, 2004 at 1:54 PM (CDT)


Well, the point is that if you have only USB on your computer, you can not just obtain a USB-to-Dock cable and expect it to charge and sync your full sized 3G iPod. You have to buy the additional cable, which works fine, but does require an outlet. It’s inelegant.

Posted by Prudence in Somerville, MA on June 8, 2004 at 8:05 PM (CDT)


Sorry…. i meant how does firewire work… my PC has ilink… are these the same things?

Posted by Dick Large on June 9, 2004 at 12:39 PM (CDT)


fire wire is faster but dosnt charge as quick as the USB but when it says its charged you have to take it off and start it all again

Posted by jake on June 10, 2004 at 11:15 AM (CDT)


Is there a way to share i tunes with another ipod?

Posted by AJ on June 10, 2004 at 8:08 PM (CDT)


Nice Article, especially since I just bought an iPod after all these years of lusting.

I have one basic question that may have been asked before:

If I buy a Firewire card for my laptop, will the connection Sync and charge?  Do I still need that clumsy docking plugged into the wall socket?

Posted by Joe Mama on June 10, 2004 at 9:17 PM (CDT)


i have downloadet some tracks from imesh….but find it impossible to ttranfer to any othe rfiles never mind my ipod…...can anybody help here…...arghhhhhhhhhh !

Posted by gunther seebacher on June 12, 2004 at 1:30 PM (CDT)


My itunes will not recognize my 3g 40gb ipod i got thursday 6/8. Tried reloading all software and upgraded to itunes 4.6 and still no dice. I know the firework is working cause I can undock it from my pc system tray, windows 2kpro. i’m stumped.

Posted by Terry Gower on June 14, 2004 at 12:10 PM (CDT)


I have downloaded tons of tunes from imesh and was able to bring into itunes by going to the “add file” menu and selected the folders I wanted. Bad thing is itunes rearranged all my music folders and took out any files that did have ID information and placed them in “unkown artist” folder, so i have to reassign each of those files a new aritist name and album name if i know it, or just “unknown”.

Posted by Terry Gower on June 14, 2004 at 12:14 PM (CDT)


If I purchase a Belkin FireWire PC card, would I still need to buy a FireWire cable to connect the 15gb ipod with the Belkin PC card?

What is the advantage of having a firewire pc card versus connecting the ipod to the computer directly with a FireWire cable?

Posted by rh on June 14, 2004 at 6:14 PM (CDT)


a stupid question.
ok i live in japan. i recently bought ipod.

i can barely speak japanese soo.. even when the woman expplained to me, i can understand less than half.

first, she asked me what computer im using. well, idont have computer with me in japan, but in my country, windows is generally used. so i say windows. i do have the intention to buy mac computer, but intentions are just intentions without money. anyway, i thought it just had something to do with the ports, but when i tried using my classmates computer - who is using mac- the music transfer doesnt seem to work. is it because its windows configured? and if its windows configured its only exclusively for windows? or it just taking long?

and do i have to buy usb

Posted by trish on June 14, 2004 at 11:20 PM (CDT)


Rh: Every iPod comes with a FireWire cable, so you shouldn’t need another cable if you buy the Belkin card.

You don’t need the FireWire PC card unless your computer lacks a FireWire port.

Trish: The iPod is formatted for one computer or the other. However, if you format the iPod for Mac use and use the programs Ephpod and Macopener, you can get around this. See for the software. You don’t have to buy USB unless the computer you eventually buy requires it.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on June 15, 2004 at 12:18 AM (CDT)


i just got an ipod but cannot connect it to the computer i think i’m missing a wire i own an imac the older ones the color one and have mac os on the computer thanks

Posted by jessica quiroz on June 15, 2004 at 7:20 AM (CDT)


I heard that iTunes requires at least Windows 2000. Does it work on 98SE? CAn you store data on the iPod and take it off later? DO you need iTunes for that?

Posted by JL on June 16, 2004 at 12:45 PM (CDT)


Actually, firewire is NOT faster than USB 2.0, although most people happen to think so….. USB 2.0 is faster than firewire.

Posted by C. Salinger on June 16, 2004 at 1:49 PM (CDT)


I just ordered a ipod and was wondering if i only have a 2.0 USB port on my computer can i still use the programs and get the music to the ipod or doi have to buy the USB cord before i can do anything somebody please respond to this ASAP!

Posted by Miles on June 16, 2004 at 10:11 PM (CDT)


Miles:  the answer is no you can’t.  You will need to purchase the USB 2.0.  You can get one from ( and click on the iPod accessories, it’s $19.00.  Or you can get one from any store that sells iPod accessories.

Posted by honeybee1236 on June 16, 2004 at 10:57 PM (CDT)


The specs indicate that the 15gb comes with a firewire adapter? What is this?

I don’t have a firewire option on my PC, so I’ll still need to buy the USB cable right?

Why are some people here saying firewire is better??

Posted by girl_a on June 17, 2004 at 2:24 AM (CDT)


HEY ALL!! FINNAALLLYY!!!! my baby will be comming soon!! i have the (almost exact) same problem as Trish. i live in Japan, very limited Japanese, plan to be using WINDOWS..possibly without firewire (i had a little poke around in the and im getting the 20GB. I dont know if i have USB 2 or not..i have two ports out the front of my computer, and i cant exactly read the instruction manual to check. so, do i try and work out this firewire doodad? or wait until January, when i go back home? Anything else i might have forgetten? im pretty much just going into the store..and handing the guy my order form…I’ve only been able to research all this on the net. So anything else i might need while im there would be handy :). THANKS ALOT!!

Posted by Christian on June 17, 2004 at 6:37 AM (CDT)


girl_a: The adapter (which is a 6 pin to 4 firewire adapter) allows you to plug the iPod into a computer (like a laptop) that does not have a 6 pin port.  The small end plugs in to the 4pin port and the larger end you plug the cable into and the other end of the cable plugs into the iPod or back of the dock.

2-Yes you will need to purchase the USB 2.0 cable to use the iPod on your computer.

3-Firewire comes with the iPod for one thing and no other cables are needed.  Second, the 6 pin firewire port charges the iPod while it’s plugged into the computer.  The 4 pin (smaller port) does not charge the iPod.  So it will drain the iPod while you are sync’ing it to your computer.  Third, Most people, but not all, have faired better with connecting the iPod to their computer with firewire than USB 2.0.  But the 2.0 does work. 

Posted by honeybee1236 on June 17, 2004 at 2:09 PM (CDT)


Firewire 400 transfers at about 400 Mbps and USB 2.0 transfer at about 480 Mbps and firewire 800 transfers at about 800 Mbps.

Posted by honeybee1236 on June 17, 2004 at 2:17 PM (CDT)


“firewire is NOT faster than USB 2.0, although most people happen to think so….. USB 2.0 is faster than firewire.”

Spoken like someone who has never actually TESTED both FW400 and USB2 with the same devices.

I have, and let me tell you that FW400 in almost every real-world case:

has less latency than USB2
has greater throughput than USB2
consumes less CPU

The advantages in results for FW400 versus USB2 only increase as more devices are added to the bus and device contention increases. This is mainly because FW400 can do parallel block frame transfers while USB is a blocking protocol.

Posted by Yawn on June 17, 2004 at 5:42 PM (CDT)


okay, i get it. sorta. but isnt it possible to useUSB and STILL charge the iPod via AC adapter? i havnt actually got mine yet (pick it up this sunday!!!!) but i remember reading it somewhere??..or is that just wishfull thinking? whats the difference between USB2 and..not…USB 2….???…is there anyway to tell without reading instruction manuals? thanks!

Posted by Christian on June 18, 2004 at 5:27 AM (CDT)


I’m a little bit confused. I just picked up a new ipod today and I’m so happy! But I’ve been trying to upload various songs from different computers.. Is there a way to just add one song without deleting everything on it..? That is to say if I no longer had some of the music in my library or on my computer and I still wanted to upload a few more song onto the ipod without deleting any.. or.. Am I just not making any sense? ^_^;;

Posted by Fuu on June 19, 2004 at 1:22 AM (CDT)


so i live in Britain, I have a PC, not a mac, I’m guessing I don’t have this Firewire and I don’t have a USB 2.0 port…..

is it actually worth getting an ipod? what do I need to buy aswell???! thanks…..

Posted by Luke on June 19, 2004 at 6:40 AM (CDT)


A very good article to introduce me to the world of iPod but i still have a few questions about music transferring.  When transferring directly to the iPod, as i am using a shared pc to put my files on, can you place the entire album on rather than doing it just track by track?  Also, does it stil automatically sort all the track and album names into order? Cheers

Posted by Will on June 22, 2004 at 8:58 AM (CDT)


you all suck ass this is not the place to buyipods go to

Posted by Anna on June 22, 2004 at 7:36 PM (CDT)


you all suck ass this is not the place to buyipods go to

Posted by Anna on June 22, 2004 at 7:36 PM (CDT)


My ipod downloads my whole library, how do i control what songs go on and what dont go on?

Posted by jonathan on June 26, 2004 at 11:05 AM (CDT)


can anyone please help me? the cd with my i pod will not work because i am running windows me . can i get around this?
  regards andy

Posted by andy walker on June 27, 2004 at 8:11 AM (CDT)


help! i charge my ipod and the back becomes hot….isit normal ?

Posted by jakobchong on June 28, 2004 at 12:42 AM (CDT)


Good reading, welll composed.  I just got a powerbook G4 with an ipod and cannot figure out how to transfer my old itunes library from my old iMac to the new one and merge my collection… The ipod cannot really be a one way street, can it?  Surely I’m not the only one who can’t figure this out.

Posted by felice bellia on June 30, 2004 at 2:38 PM (CDT)


HELP!!! I got an iPod yesterday…BUT when I put in a CD I can’t put the songs on my iPod. What am I doing wrong?

Posted by Colby on June 30, 2004 at 3:03 PM (CDT)


erm, call me stupid, but nowhere can I find out about how track names appear on the library or ipod. I’ve just started loading CD’s & I’m told you can get all the info from websites that recognise your files/songs in the library and put all the info in there for you. Is this true or do I just have to sit there & type everything?


Posted by Mark on July 3, 2004 at 4:36 AM (CDT)


i will be buying ipod soon. What are the essential things i need 2 know.


Posted by sam on July 4, 2004 at 3:47 AM (CDT)


Colby- put the cd in the computer and copy the files from it to itunes. The next time you update your ipod the music on the cd will be on there

Posted by brian on July 4, 2004 at 6:29 AM (CDT)


My ipod just arrived a few days ago… but the battery seems to need recharging every day, though I’m actually using it only 1-2 hours each day.  In the evening, I turn it off and slip the hold switch to “hold”, but in the morning, when I “unhold”, I immediately see my playlists.  It appears the ipod is not shutting down.  I have tried “reset” but the ipod still seems to be up and ready each morning, but the battery is depleted.  Any thoughts?

Posted by Don on July 5, 2004 at 7:48 AM (CDT)


I use iTunes on my computer at home and at work, but for some reason I cannot transfer the music I purchase at work from my library to my iPod.  The work computer is “authorized” and I can play the songs all I want - on the computer - but if I attempt to drag the file to my iPod, it won’t go.

What do I need to do?

Posted by ash on July 8, 2004 at 10:16 AM (CDT)


I’m really enjoying this series. You referenced a discount through, but I couldn’t find any reference on their website. Can you elaborate?


Posted by Megan on July 10, 2004 at 6:28 AM (CDT)


I just bought an external CD Drive/Writer yesterday and learned the hard way that I did *not* have a USB 2.0 port and the CD copying is *considerably* slower than I expected it to be. Luckily enough I hadn’t purchased an iPod then and have now come across this excellent article. What I would like to know is how fast do songs transfer when connected to USB 1.1.? Are we still talking seconds or already minutes here? Can’t seem to find that info anywhere on the net.

Posted by Holger on July 13, 2004 at 7:49 AM (CDT)


Sorry to let you down but i’m not sure.

Posted by White_Magic on July 13, 2004 at 1:49 PM (CDT)


Hey i can’t remember the sire but it has it.  The USB1.1 is a little slower than firewire.  The difference is about the same as the difference between USB2.0 and firwire.  Do i still have you or are you lost it’s complicated sorry i’m not that good at explaning things.

Posted by White_Magic on July 13, 2004 at 8:31 PM (CDT)


In the article it talks only about using iTunes to get songs on your iPod. What if i was to use another music downloading program, can the files i download from this be transferred onto the iPod? I’m not too keen with iTunes and don’t really want to set it up.

Posted by Mike on July 14, 2004 at 2:50 PM (CDT)


i am rishi, i am planning to buy my IPOD 40 gb in a day or two, can u plzz tell me one thing ... i have songs of around 10 GB in my computer now, all of them are in mp3 format… is there anything like ipod can atall refuse to accept those tracks… i mean does it take all the tracks saved on hard disk?? , plzz reply soon thanks

Posted by rishi on July 14, 2004 at 4:40 PM (CDT)


I would like to know how to delete songs on my actual i pod.

Posted by Lesley Johnson on July 15, 2004 at 2:55 PM (CDT)


rishi, that’s exactly what i want to know. I’ve got a horrible worried feeling that an iPod will only accept new tracks downloaded through iTunes. But if someone who knew a bit more about it could please say…

Posted by Mike on July 17, 2004 at 3:45 AM (CDT)


HELP!!! I have a new IPOD and I’ve loaded the software and charged the Ipod. Now when I connect it to my computer using a USB it just constantly shows a Do not Disconnect flashing display.. I’ve already placed some of my music on itunes library. Why won’t the Ipod download these songs?  Should it sit there flashimg for over an hour for only one CD worth of music? 
““Frustrated with Ipod”“

Posted by joe moore on July 17, 2004 at 6:52 AM (CDT)


hi help my kid through my ipod disk ,and it broke how can get a new one or be able to transpher my music to my new ipod .......................thanks bob

Posted by bob kelly on July 18, 2004 at 8:30 PM (CDT)


hi help my kid through my ipod disk ,and it broke how can get a new one or be able to transpher my music to my new ipod .......................thanks bob

Posted by bob kelly on July 18, 2004 at 8:30 PM (CDT)



Posted by c on July 19, 2004 at 6:31 AM (CDT)


Thanks for the help. It was exactly the info I needed. ;-)

Posted by Holger on July 19, 2004 at 12:53 PM (CDT)


Thanks for the help. It was exactly the info I needed. ;-)

Posted by Holger on July 19, 2004 at 12:53 PM (CDT)


hi, like a year ago .. my dad went to the states on a business visit ... i asked him to get a 10 gb model for me .. he did and it turned out ” BEST BUY” were out and the display model was the only one left so it turned out i had only a charger that didnt work w/o a fire wire no headfones… plz advise can apple help me in ne way thx

Posted by shahbaz on July 19, 2004 at 11:18 PM (CDT)


I bought my iMac 2 yrs ago.  It came with iTunes.  I’ve already transfered songs to iTunes.  Will this be a problem when I finally get my iPod?  Will I need to re-install iTunes and then upgrade it again?

Posted by Russ on July 20, 2004 at 7:50 PM (CDT)


Is the firewire lead a 6 pin or a 4 pin lead ?
My laptop only has a 4 pin firewire connector

Posted by marc on July 21, 2004 at 5:42 AM (CDT)


Hi got my new ipod but was wondering what happens when it is full and I want to delete some of the songs on It.  How do i delete songs on the ipod?


Posted by Lisa on July 22, 2004 at 11:40 PM (CDT)


Hm my problem is the other way round. I have stuff on my ipod which a friend put on for me but I want to put this stuff from the ipod onto itunes. How do I do that? If I try and update my ipod to an empty itunes folder, I’m sure I will just delete everything on my ipod?

Is there a way to take selected stuff from other people’s i tune library?

Posted by annabanana in London on August 5, 2004 at 2:33 PM (CDT)


I had a virus on my computer and all my music erased. Now when i plug it in, it updates and my music erases. How can i add new songs without loosing the old ones

Posted by ash on August 10, 2004 at 10:34 AM (CDT)


Does anyone know where to get a usb to dock only cable at a really cheap price and accept check or cash payment? Thanks.

Posted by Charlie Zhang on September 2, 2004 at 10:52 PM (CDT)


I dont have the software cd where can i download it from

Posted by aalrubayai on September 5, 2004 at 4:36 PM (CDT)


ipod 4g 20gb
ali plc usb 2 card
windows xp with service pack 2

bought a 4 g 20 gb ipod didnt have usb 2 so bought a usb 2 card with 4 ports. now when i connect ipod to pc after installing the software i get on ipod after apple logo battery with exclimation mark? can any one help, i odnt know have to update ipod for windows use but it wont work cos pc is not reconisigine my ipod. 

Is there away to sort this out, my usb 2 card reconigises everything else i plug in to it?

Do i have to go and purchase a firewire card?

Posted by Vicki Henderson on September 17, 2004 at 5:51 PM (CDT)


Have you found the “On the Go” playlist included in the latest version of iPod software yet???

I got my 4G 40GB iPod just a few weeks ago, in preparation for a week of vacation with my parents. 

I was pretty disappointed there was no apparent way to program my new $400+ toy.

After spending most of the day yesterday looking at the various articles about the device, and thinking someone must have added an applet or something, I was just as sad as when I started.

Then last night, as I was playing with it,  noticed a playlist called “On the Go” that was not something I created.  I clicked on it.

A screen informed me that I could add songs, albums or artists to this playlist from my music stored on the iPod just by holding the button in the middle of the clickwheel down until the song, artist or album blinked.  Sure enough it works like a charm.  It also gives you options to clear the list or save it.  And if you synchronize back to iTunes, it automatically saves it as a playlist, with the title “On the Go - 1” (or 2, 3, etc., I assume.  I just did it once.)

It’s an awesome feature… and obviously one that Apple doesn’t know they should be hyper marketing to all of us.  But, then, they never have been able to write instructions on how to use anything, have they?

Forgive me if everybody already knew about this.  I’m just a newbie in paradise.

And then, I did a sychronizer

Posted by foz on September 30, 2004 at 11:24 AM (CDT)


I read in the article that full-sized i-Pods don´t come with a USB cable in it´s original package.
Is that information actual ?
I have rated an 40Gb i-Pod this week and the guy from B&H Photo told me through the phone that the USB cable is comming along nowadays.

Is that correct ?

Thanks !

Posted by Pedro Lopes on October 1, 2004 at 11:10 AM (CDT)


Please let me know how to add music to my ipod from my Mac without deleting existing music on the ipod. (My old laptop with my music on was stolen so I still have all the downloaded songs on my ipod but my new computer obviously doesn’t and I am not sure how to add new songs to my ipod without deleting existing ones)

Posted by Dee on October 9, 2004 at 11:57 AM (CDT)


Does anyone know how to get your vinyl collection on to an ipod?

Posted by MelCar on October 28, 2004 at 7:37 AM (CDT)


Maybe someone here can help clear this up for? Whenever I import a DJ mixed album into itunes, when i play it back for some reason a gap of about 1 second appears between each track. Why? Am I doing something wrong?
With most CD’s this is not a problem but when tracks are supposed to be mixed together it kinda ruins the whole show. And that itunes crossfade playback is not the answer i’m looking for either.
Thank you

Posted by chazchaz1 in London on November 11, 2004 at 9:06 AM (CST)


re: “firewire is NOT faster than USB 2.0, although most people happen to think so….. USB 2.0 is faster than firewire.”

firewire is actually faster than usb because firewire has a constant transfer rate which is at 400mbps. Usb on the other hand has a variable trans rate and the specified 480mbps is the burst rate which is the max, usb uses more cpu power and depends on your pc. i have a ipod 3g 15gb which only includes a firewire cord…i chose to get the firewire pci card which is so reliable..also 3g ipods cant charge from usb

Posted by d_man_da_azn in australia on January 7, 2005 at 12:08 AM (CST)


re: “firewire is NOT faster than USB 2.0, although most people happen to think so….. USB 2.0 is faster than firewire.”

firewire is actually faster than usb because firewire has a constant transfer rate which is at 400mbps. Usb on the other hand has a variable trans rate and the specified 480mbps is the burst rate which is the max, usb uses more cpu power and depends on your pc. i have a ipod 3g 15gb which only includes a firewire cord…i chose to get the firewire pci card which is so reliable..also 3g ipods cant charge from usb

Posted by d_man_da_azn in australia on January 7, 2005 at 12:08 AM (CST)


I have purchased a new pc and my i pod recognises it. I use media widget to put all my music on to the apple site on my pc but when i go back into my apple site on my pc all the files have gone so i have to down load all my files again. My files dont stay on my computer what can i do.

Posted by J Newman on September 5, 2009 at 12:30 PM (CDT)


Hi I have a 30gb ipod classic and after putting all my songs on it. it synched ok i now can not get to my menu as i have a big tick onscreen saying ok to disconnect and at the top saying disk mode,  any ideas on how to turn it off an restart it again please am new to all this i have tried turning it off and on but still got that big tick on screen thanx

Posted by faka on October 26, 2009 at 5:05 PM (CDT)

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