How to Download Music From an iTunes Library to Your iPod

by Aaron Wein
Download your iTunes music library to your iPod.

Download your iTunes music library to your iPod.

iTunes is an iPod's gateway to all of its media because it is the only program Apple supports for its popular line of personal audio players. Downloading music to your iPod begins with your iTunes library. Your iPod can sync any song that's loaded on your iTunes library in two ways: manual or automatic. Automatic is the quickest way to sync music but manual allows you to customize what you put on your device.

Manual mode

Hook your iPod to a powered USB 2.0 port on your computer with the cable that came with your device. iTunes will automatically boot.

Turn on manual mode by clicking your iPod's icon in "Devices" on the left, then placing a check next to "Manually Manage Music and Videos."

Open your iTunes library by clicking "Music" in the "Library" section of the source panel.

Drag and drop songs onto your iPod's icon beneath "Devices" to download them to your device. You can also drag and drop entire playlists from the "Playlists" section, located in the source panel.

Automatic mode

Hook your iPod to a powered USB 2.0 port on your computer with the cable that came with your device. iTunes will automatically boot.

Turn on automatic mode by clicking your iPod's icon in "Devices" on the left, then removing a check next to "Manually Manage Music and Videos."

Sync your music by clicking the "Music" tab, selecting "Sync Music" then clicking "Apply."

About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.

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