Using two iPods on one computer


Q: I have an iPod with 10,000 songs, and want to buy an iPod shuffle. Can I use both iPods on my computer?

– Ivan

A: Yes, iTunes is designed to work in conjunction with both a “regular” iPod and an iPod shuffle. The iPod shuffle syncs a bit differently than the other iPods, and you can manage both easily. One thing we like about the iPod shuffle is the ability to keep its icon and current playlist in the iTunes Source list, even when it’s not connected. You can drag songs there any time you want, and when you connect the iPod shuffle you can sync these songs immediately. This allows you to build the contents of your iPod shuffle whenever you feel like it, and sync when you’re ready.

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.