How to Copy Files From Windows Media Player to an iPod Nano

By Laura Gittins

The iPod Nano is a compact media player that enables you to listen to music, watch videos and view pictures. The default program used to transfer files from a computer to a Nano is iTunes, but the size of the program and lack of playlist customization can be off-putting. If you do not want to put iTunes on your computer, transfer files to your iPod Nano using the Windows Media Player library. Windows automatically detects the Nano when you plug it in, and you can sync some or all of your media library to it.

Step 1

Plug the iPod Nano into your computer using the Nano's USB cable.

Step 2

Click on the "Start" menu, select "All Programs" and choose "Windows Media Player."

Step 3

Click the "Sync" button on the menu. Windows Media Player shows the iPod Nano in the top right corner as the device to transfer music to.

Step 4

Click and drag files from your music library in the middle of the screen to the "Sync List" area on the right where it says "Drag items here." Drag songs individually or by entire albums or artists. Select specific songs from an album list by holding down the "CTRL" key while selecting songs and then dragging one of the highlighted items to the Sync List.

Click the "Start Sync" button beneath the Sync List to start syncing. When the sync process finishes, disconnect the iPod Nano from your computer.