How to Download Songs to Your iPod
Since being introduced in the fall of 2001, the Apple iPod has become one of the most popular handheld digital devices for playing stored audio, video, and other multimedia content in the consumer marketplace. From the iPod Classic to the more modern iPod Touch, the flash memory used on the iPod has allowed it to store a significant amount of multimedia content to be played back anywhere the consumer is allowed to turn on portable electronic media. A common task that arises for end-users is figuring out how to download songs to your iPod.
What is iTunes?
iTunes is the name of the supporting computer software for the iPod and iPhone provided for free by Apple. iTunes lets the end-user download music, videos, ringtones, and other files while also organizing multimedia libraries both on a computer and registered iPods. iTunes is provided for both the Mac OS X and Windows operating systems (OS’s) at no charge and is traditionally used to sync an iPod with a user’s Apple store purchases and multimedia libraries. The “sync” task is accomplished by connecting the iPod to the computer that has the multimedia library via USB cable (older versions of the iPod supported connection via Firewire).
How to Install iTunes on Windows
Step 1 – Prior to installing iTunes on a Windows computer, previous versions of the software and related components should be removed from the computer. To do so, select the “Start” menu button and either the “Control Panel” or “Settings” and “Control Panel” menu icons. Then, use the Add/Remove programs utility to uninstall the following applications or components in sequential order: iTunes, QuickTime, Apple Software Update, Apple Mobile Device Support, Bonjour, and Apple Application Support (starting with iTunes 9 or later). Do not remove the components out of order, or you can run into issues with application dependency making the removal process more challenging. When asked if you want to remove the components, click the “Yes” menu button. Some versions of the Windows OS will also ask you to enter the admin password for the computer.
Step 2 – Restart the computer if prompted to do so. If there are multiple entries for QuickTime or other supporting Apple components, remove those as well.
Step 3 – Confirm that iTunes and the related components have been removed from your computer. To do so, open the following folders from Windows Explorer (press the “Windows”and “E” keys to access):
C:Program FilesCommon FilesApple
Step 4 – Delete any files discovered in step 3. If this is the first time that iTunes has been installed on the computer, these folders should not exist.
Step 5 – Visit the Apple iTunes website and download the latest iTunes installation file to your computer in an easy-to-find location such as the computer’s desktop.
Step 6 – Launch the iTunes Setup.exe file that is downloaded t your computer to launch the iTunes installer application.
Step 7 – Select the “Next” menu button to commence the installation of iTunes on Windows.
Step 8 – The subsequently displayed screen will provide several options for the installation of iTunes: such as: “Install Desktop Shortcuts,” “Use iTunes as the Default Player for Audio Files,” and “Use QuickTime as the Default Player for Media Files.” Select the options that you prefer and click the “Next” menu button.
Step 9 – Choose a destination folder for iTunes on your computer and then click the “Next” menu button. If you don’t know what location to pick, accept the default location that iTunes displays. The installer will assume that it is desirable to store the iTunes application in the Windows “Program Files” folder on the “C” drive which is acceptable for the majority of Windows users.
Step 10 – Click the “Done” menu button when iTunes finishes installing to complete the installation on your computer.
Step 11 – Restart your computer if prompted. Then, launch or open iTunes. This will open the iTunes Setup Assistant which will help guide the user through the process of setting up iTunes.
Step 12 – Accept the Apple License Agreement and click the “Next” menu button.
Step 13 – Deselect or select the following options displayed by the iTunes Setup Assistant (by default they are selected): “Add MP3 and AAC files” (if you already have music to add to the library) and “Add WMA Files.” The WMA option will automatically convert unlicensed WMA files to AAC format for your iTunes installation and leave the WMA files in their native format.
Step 14 – Choose “Yes” or “No” when asked by the iTunes Setup Assistant if you want to keep the iTunes music folder organized. The default option is “Yes” which will have iTunes automatically rename and move files into folders.
Step 15 – Select “Yes” or “No” when asked if you would like to visit the iTunes Music store followed by clicking the “Next” menu button.
Step 16 – Click the “Finish” menu button to complete the iTunes installation on Windows.
How to Update iTunes on Mac OS X
Step 1 – Ensure you have access to the computer’s administrator username and password. Mac OS X will require both to update the installation of iTunes on your computer.
Step 2 – Avoid using the computer when updating the iTunes application (recommended by Apple). For older Macs, consideration may also be made for restarting the computer prior to installing an update as well as shutting down other applications running which will maximilze the amount of memory being used by the computer.
Step 3 – Launch the computer’s web browser, and download the latest version of iTunes. Ensure you have Mac OS X and not Windows selected on the page before downloading the installation file.
Step 4 – Double-click the iTunesX.dmg file that is downloaded which will display the iTunes “Read Me” and the “iTunes.mpkg” files. Then, double-click the “iTunes.mpkg” file to open the iTunes Installer.
Step 5 – Follow the default menu prompts presented by the Installer.
Step 6 – When the Installer finishes the iTunes update, quick the application and restart the computer to finish updating iTunes in Mac OS X.
How to Download Songs to Your iPod Automatically
Out of the box (or freshly downloaded), iTunes is configured to update videos, movies, music, and podcasts whenever the iPod is connected to the computer that has iTunes installed. This action is also referred to automatically syncing the iPod. If using WiFi syncing, when iTunes is open on the parent computer and the iPod is connected to the same WiFi network as the computer it will also sync. The following steps help verify (or reconfigure) iTunes to download songs to your iPod automatically through manually connecting the iPod to the computer.
Step 1 – Connect the iPod to the computer via USB cable.
Step 2 – Open or launch the iTunes application.
Step 3 – Once the iTunes browser launches, select the “Music” icon. Then, choose the menu option to “Sync Music.” To sync videos, you can also select the “Include Music videos” menu option. Additionally, you can choose “Movies, TV Shows, or iTunes U” to download additional multimedia content to your iPod. For rentals, they will have to be unviewed at the time of this writing in order to them to automatically sync to your computer.
Step 4 – View the capacity bar located at the bottom of the device-settings window to assess if your iPod has enough space to download the desired songs. If it does not, you will have to remove content from the device in order to automatically download new songs to your iPod.
Step 5 – Select the “Apply” menu button and iTunes will commence downloading (or synching) the content selected to the iPod.
Step 6 – View the iTunes display to monitor the sync progress. It will notify the user when the action is completed.
Step 7 – Disconnect the iPod by choosing it under the “Devices” menu. Then, select the “Eject” icon prior to disconnecting the iPod from the computer.
How to Download Songs to Your iPod Manually
Another option to downloading songs to your iPod is to conduct the task manually. This is more common for users who have music libraries that exceed the total capacity of their respective iPod.
Step 1 – Connect the iPod to the computer and then open iTunes.
Step 2 – Choose the iPod in the “Devices” section of iTunes.
Step 3 – Select the “Summary” menu label in the primary iTunes browser window.
Step 4 – Click the option to “Manually manage music and videos” or to “Manually manage music.” This option will remove the automatic sync settings for the iTunes application.
Step 5 – Select the “Apply” menu option to finish deselecting the automatic sync settings for iTunes multimedia files.
Step 6 – Select one of the multimedia categories located under the iTunes menu library located at the top, left-hand side of the iTunes application display.
Step 7 – Select and drag the music to copy to the iPod onto the iPod or device icon located beneath the “Devices” menu tab. Multiple items can be selected by pressing “Ctrl Click” to save time. A playlist can be added by dragging it from the iTunes menu to the device in the same manner as manually syncing songs.
Step 8 – Eject the iPod after copying all of the desired music by selecting it under the “Devices” menu label and clicking the “Eject” menu icon. More recent iOS devices do not require this step to be taken before disconnecting from the computer.
Step 9 – Disconnect the iPod from the computer to finish manually downloading songs to your iPod.
How to Download Songs to Your iPod Using Autofill
Another option that can be used with the manual sync options to download songs to your iPod is to use the “Autofill” option to more quickly sync audio content from a playlist or the music library. Autofill settings only work with the “Manually mange” option under iTunes and let you choose how songs are selected for syncing to the device and provide disk management allocation options.
Step 1 – Ensure the iPod is configured to manually download songs.
Step 2 – Connect the iPod to the computer that has iTunes installed.
Step 3 – Choose the iPod located beneath the “Devices” section located on the left-hand side of the iTunes window.
Step 4 – Select the disclosure triangle beside the iPod’s icon to display the contents of the iPod.
Step 5 – Select the “Music” menu label located beneath the iPod and look at the “Autofill” settings located at the bottom of the window.
Step 6 – Click the “Autofill” menu button after toggling any desired options. Once configured, iTunes will now automatically sync as much music as the iPod’s hard drive will support. If a playlist has been chosen, a subset of the audio files will be downloaded to your iPod.
Step 7 – The iTunes display will show the sync progress and notify the user when finished downloading songs to your iPod.
Step 8 – Disconnect the iPod by choosing it under the “Devices” menu label and selecting the “Eject” program icon. After the iPod has been disconnected, it can be removed from the computer and the process of downloading songs to your iPod will be complete.