How to Copy a CD to My iPod Shuffle

By Mario Calhoun

Copy your CD to iTunes, and sync the music to your iPod Shuffle.
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While there is no program that allows you to rip songs from your CD directly to your iPod Shuffle, you can import the songs using iTunes on your computer and then sync the newly imported tracks to your iPod Shuffle. Unlike other programs that require you to pay for using its services, iTunes is free to use and is the default media player and manager for iPod devices. Other features of the iTunes program include an audio encoder, which provides five different formats for importing music from CDs: MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV.

Open iTunes on your computer by double-clicking the iTunes icon on your PC's desktop, or click the iTunes icon on your Macintosh screen's dock.

Press the button on your CD-RW/DVD-RW drive to open the tray on your PC, and place the CD on the tray. Push the tray in to insert the CD. For Macintosh computers, push the CD into the optical drive.

Click "Import CD" on the dialog box that automatically appears after iTunes detects your CD. Alternatively, select the CD's icon in the iTunes source list, located on the left side of the iTunes program window, and select the "Import CD" button.

Connect the iPod Shuffle to your computer by plugging the USB cable into your computer and the iPod Shuffle's dock connector. Place the iPod Shuffle on the dock connector.

Select iPod Shuffle in the iTunes source list, and select the "Music" tab in the main iTunes window.

Select "Sync Music" and select either "Entire music library" or "Selected playlists, artists, and genres." To select a specific artist or playlist, check the box next to the artist or playlist you wish to sync.

Click the "Apply" button, and click the "Eject" button next to the iPod Shuffle icon in the iTunes source list after the music synchronization is finished.