iPod – Getting Started

Setting up iTunes and an iPod on your computer isn’t difficult, so I won’t be doing a step by step guide. However, you will be asked a few potentially confusing questions, and there are several other things worthy of discussion – such as charging your iPod and the all-important question of giving it a name.

Cables and docks

With the exception of iPod shuffles, which plug directly into USB ports, each new iPod comes with a USB2 cable, which will connect to your computer and, if you have one, an AC power adapter. back in the day, iPods came with FireWire cables, but these have gradually been phased out.

If, when purchasing the pod, you also bought a Dock, this little stand will provide a secure spot for your iPod and make it easy for you to connect to both a computer and hi-fi. the Dock simply sits between the iPod and the USB2 cable – its use is entirely optional.

iPod Charging

Standard iPods come with power plugs bearing a socket that allows you to recharge the battery with the same cable that you use to connect to your computer. However, in the vast majority of cases, you’ll also be able to charge your Pod via your computer – the only option if you have and iPod nano or iPod shuffle.

Note, though, that recharging via you Mac or PC will probably only work when your computer is on and not in sleep/standby mode. Also note that when a standard iPod (not a nano or shuffle) is plugged into your computer, its hard drive will stay active, which some users see as unnecessary wear and tear. if this though bothers you, consider ejecting the Pod; this puts it into charge-only mode and puts the drive in stand-by mode.

Like many similar devices, iPods use a combination of fast and trickle charging. this means that, with a standard Pod, it should take around three hours to achieve 80 percent charge, and another two hours to get to 100 percent. From a full recharge on a new iPod, you should then get between twelve and eighteen hours music. but bear in mind that just leaving the device lying around and playing will cause the power to drain gradually. And, as the battery ages, expect the maximum playback time to reduce gradually.

Installing

The process of installing iTunes and an iPod on your computer varies slightly between PC and Mac, and between different iPod models – but it usually simply involves inserting the CD provided with the Pod and following the prompts. at some stage, however, you will be invited to choose a name for your new iPod, which is now laughing matter And – either during the installation or the first time you run the iTunes – you’ll find yourself presented with a few choices. You don’t need to worry too much about these as you’re just choosing options that can be changed at any time in the iTunes preferences panel.

iPod – Getting Started


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