How to turn off your iPod

Q: I was told that to turn the iPod off I should hold down the Play/Pause button, and it does seem to go off when I do this. However, when I turn it back on the power has been used up. Am I turning it off incorrectly?

– Nicola

A: No, you’re doing the right thing. However, the iPod is never really off, unless its battery is dead. It constantly uses a small amount of power as it awaits your next button press. Depending on how much battery charge remained in your iPod when you Play/Paused it into sleep mode, the battery will eventually deplete itself completely.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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