Managing a class set of iPods

Q: I have purchased 15 iPods for my special education class. This was primarily to download books and stories for the Dyslexic students I have, but I am not sure how to use one iTunes for all iPod downloads. I have seen almost nothing on the educational uses for the iPod. I have used mine for several years for this and now have got a class set.

– Gloria

A: The short answer is to simply plug the iPods in. iTunes will easily support multiple iPods and recognize them as separate and distinct from each other. Ideally, if you wanted to load each iPod with the exact same content, you could build an iTunes library containing only the books and stores you want loaded onto the iPods, and then plug each iPod in and allow it to automatically sync with the iTunes library.

In fact, you can even plug all fifteen iPods in at once if you have enough USB ports available. iTunes can easily handle many iPods syncing with it at the same time, so this can be a faster way to load them up than simply plugging them in one at a time.

There are also devices that can be used to sync very large numbers of iPods to a single iTunes library. For a much more sophisticated solution, you might want to check out Apple’s iPod Learning Lab, which provides a cart that allows up to 40 iPod or iPod nano players to be charged at once, and sync 20 at a time to the same computer. At a retail price of $2,299 for just the cart, this is not an inexpensive solution, but definitely provides more sophisticated options for managing a large class set of iPods. The cart is available by itself, or a custom configuration including iPods and other accessories can be worked out on Apple’s education site at, which provides an online tool that will even generate a PDF proposal that can be submitted for purchasing purposes.

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5 thoughts on “Managing a class set of iPods”

  1. Hi there,

    I tried looking around and asking Apple for this, but either no one knows or maybe it can’t even be done.

    I had my 16G Iphone 3G robbed off me.

    Is there a way to brick the unit, since I cannot stand the idea that someone else is now using it?

    I have the packaging box with me complete with the serial number and IMEI. I bought it from Optus Australia, unlocked it there, and returned to Malaysia to use; which is where the unit was robbed off me.


  2. I have several ipods that drop out bits of songs when played on my Klipsch or Bose idocks. Yet the same tunes will play fine throught the headphone jack. Apparently the problem is opnly when played therought the usb port (or whatever the rectangular part at the bottom of th4e ipod is called)

    Anybody have a solution?

  3. Does anybody know, why when I play my ipod, either in the car, on my ipod dock, or through headphones the song just continually repeats itself, unless I manually change it each time?
    Any ideas anyone
    Cheers Karen

  4. When I download music to Itunes all of the songs download backwards. In other words, the last track number of a CD downloads as the first track in ITunes. How can I change the order of download for the future as well as for albums previously downloaded?

    Thank you.


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