How to Use Microsoft Media Player With an iPod Shuffle

By James Clark

Apple's iPod Shuffle can store thousands of songs and other digital multimedia content uploaded from a computer. The iPod Shuffle connects to the computer with a USB cable for transferring music and video. When connected to a computer with a Microsoft operating system, the iPod synchronizes with Windows Media Player, a software program that automatically uploads content to the iPod. Windows Media Player recognizes existing tracks on the iPod so only new material is transferred.

Step 1

Connect the data cable from the iPod to a free USB port on the computer. The cable connects to an iPod with the 3.5 mm mini-plug.

Step 2

Open Windows Media Player by clicking the Microsoft flag or the "Start" button in the lower left-hand corner and selecting "All Programs," then using the down arrow key to scroll to Media Player.

Click the "Sync" tab in the upper right-hand corner of Media Player, which will automatically upload digital content to the iPod Shuffle. The software recognizes existing content on the iPod so that duplicate music tracks and existing content are not added.