How Do You Put Music on an iPod Classic?

by Gail Logan
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An iPod classic has enough storage space to satisfy nearly any music lover. The device holds over 40,000 songs and can also hold movies, pictures and games. The iPod does not come loaded with any songs, so to begin listening you will need to transfer music from your computer to the iPod classic using iTunes.

Step 1

Open iTunes. If there are no songs in your library, you will need to download songs via the iTunes library or your CDs.

Step 2

Connect your iPod classic to your computer using the iPod's USB cable.

Step 3

Click on the iPod icon that appears in the left-hand side of the screen. Choose "iPod options." Here, you will have the opportunity to choose to manually manage your music, which will allow you to transfer hand-picked songs from your library to your iPod, or to use automatic sync, which instantly adds all songs in your library to your iPod.

Step 4

Click on the song in the library that you want to add to your iPod classic, if you chose "manually manage music." To add multiple songs at once, hold down the "Ctrl" key as you click on the songs. If you chose automatic sync, simply wait for all of your songs in your library to transfer to your iPod.

Drag the highlighted songs into one of the pre-made playlists in your iPod or create your own by choosing the "+" icon at the bottom right-hand side of the screen. The new "untitled playlist" can be renamed by clicking on the title once and typing in a new title.


  • Be sure to eject the iPod safely by clicking on the "Eject" icon next to the iPod on the left-hand side of the screen in the "Source" menu.


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About the Author

Gail Logan is a magazine editor and freelance writer based in Atlanta, AL. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Patrick Henry College. For the past four years, she has written home design, travel and food features for national magazines, including "Coastal Living," "Texas Home and Living," "Log Home Design," and "Country's Best Log Homes." When not writing, she mentors inner-city children.

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