How to Download Songs From a Playlist to an iPod

by Diana Braun
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The iPod is a portable media player, most notably for music, manufactured by Apple Inc. The product line includes the iPod Classic, iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and iPod Touch. Songs can be purchased, downloaded and created into playlists on your computer using iTunes, which is available for free on the Apple.com website. The playlists can then be uploaded and added to your iPod by manually syncing your iPod device with iTunes.

Connect your iPod to your computer using the supplied USB cable. The iTunes program will automatically launch. If iTunes doesn't launch, click the "Start" button, then click "All Programs" and click on "iTunes" from the application list.

Click the "iPod" icon under Devices in the left pane of the iTunes window.

Select the "Summary" tab from the main section of the iTunes window.

Click on the check box next to "Manually manage music and videos" or "Manually manage music" to select this option. This will disable the automatic sync settings for the Music, TV Shows and Movies tabs.

Click "Apply."

Select the playlist from the left side of the iTunes window under Playlists and drag it onto your iPod (iPod icon located under Devices).

Select your iPod under Devices and click the "Eject" icon next to it to properly disconnect your iPod from your computer.

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About the Author

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.

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