How to Update an Older iPod

by Techwalla Electronics Editor ; Updated February 10, 2017

How to Update an Older iPod. The iPod revolution progresses further all the time. Newer and better iPods are continually released, and there is no end in sight. If your bank account can not keep up with the pace of the revolution and you are hanging on to your older iPod, you will need to update its software. Here is how to update an older iPod.

Turn your iPod on. Updates can not be made when your iPod is not turned on.

Install iTunes and your iPod software from the included CD.

Visit the Apple Web site (see below) periodically for updates which they will post for free download. You can go to this Web site if you're using a PC or a Mac with your iPod.

Download the latest version of the updater in the upper right-hand corner, then open and install it on your computer.


  • Always download our updates and versions of iTunes from the Apple Web site to avoid viruses.