Upgrading to a new iPod
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: I have an 8GB iPod Nano, and am thinking of getting an 80GB iPod classic. If I just hook up the new iPod classic and synch, will what I have in iTunes load to the iPod classic, and will iTunes recognize that I now have 80 GB of space and not just 8 GB? Also, if I give the iPod nano to my daughter, can she get rid of what I have on it and put her own music onto it?
A: Actually, about all you need to do is to plug in the new iPod. It really is that simple.
What will happen is that you will be taken through the same “iPod Setup Assistant” that you were when you first set up your iPod nano, and be asked a few questions about what you would like to call your iPod, whether you would like to automatically or manually sync content and so forth. Provided your library is smaller than 80GB, just select automatic sync and iTunes will take care of the rest.
Essentially, iTunes recognizes each iPod you connect as a completely distinct device, and stores each iPod’s settings independently. You could therefore easily sync different content from the same iTunes library to each iPod through selected playlists or other settings, and in fact can even connect both iPods are the same time. Your new 80GB iPod classic will be seen by iTunes as a new iPod and managed separately from your old iPod nano.
When you hand down your old iPod nano to your daughter, she can just connect it to her own iTunes library and she will receive a message that the iPod has already been synced with another iTunes library (yours) and asked what she wants to do with it:
From this prompt, she can simply select “Erase and Sync” and all of the content on the iPod nano will be replaced with content from her own iTunes library. She can also rename the iPod simply by double-clicking on the iPod name where it appears in the iTunes source list.
Alternatively, if she wants to completely reset the iPod to its out-of-the-box settings (ie, as if it were a new iPod), she can click the “Restore” button for the iPod nano, found on the “Summary” page which appears when the iPod is connected to the computer. This will erase everything on the iPod, including all configuration settings and other information, and basically return the iPod to the same state it was when it was first unpacked. She will then be taken through the same “iPod Setup Assistant” to name the iPod and select which content she wants placed on it.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Apple offering hands-on demos of Super Mario Run in stores
- Report: Apple pursuing studio agreements for early movie rentals
- Apple releases seventh beta of iOS 10.2 to developers
- Apple makes its picks for best iPhone, iPad and Apple TV apps of 2016
- Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes ‘all the benefits of iTunes Match’
- Apple Music tops 20 million subscribers
- Apple blames ‘external factors’ for iPhone fires in China
- Rumor: 2017 iPhones won’t include glass chassis or wireless charging; will add red color
- Top Apple supplier Foxconn planning U.S. investment
- Apple enables Single Sign-On across all iOS 10 and tvOS 10 devices
- Elgato Eve Light Switch
- iHome iPLWBT5 Docking Clock Radio for iPhone and Apple Watch
- Brydge 12.9 iPad Pro Keyboard
- Sen.se GuardPeanut
- iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker
- Twelve South HiRise Duet for Apple Watch and iPhone
- IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor
- JBL Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones
- Edifier e235 Luna E Speaker System
- Clamcase ClamCase+ for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10