Syncing your music—and any other file for that matter –to your iPod from your computer is fairly easy. This is because, as you plug your iPod onto your computer, the default action of your computer is to open iTunes and automatically sync your iPod. However, if this is not the case with your iPod, then just follow the steps below. It will guide you through syncing your iPod to your computer for a more hassle-free iPod syncing.
Syncing the iPod Automatically
Follow the following steps to sync your iPod automatically
1. Plug your gadget onto your computer
2. Open your iTunes in your computer
3. When the iTunes opens, you will see on the left-hand side of the screen the Devices section of your iTunes. Select your iPod.
4. In the iTunes browser window, select Music. A window showing different options will be seen. Click and select Sync music.
As long as the Sync Music (check step 4) is checked, every time you plug your gadget to your computer, the iPod will automatically sync.
Syncing the iPod automatically makes life more convenient for music lovers who always want to update their playlists. Once you have set your iPod to be synced to your computer automatically, all your new songs will be transferred to your iPod each time you plug it onto your computer, saving iPod users time, energy, and effort.
For some people, however, they prefer syncing their iPod to their computer manually. Mostly, the reason for this is to prevent accidental erasure of files. For instance, you have accidentally deleted your files from your iTunes and your only copies left are in your iPod. With automatic syncing, once you plug your iPod onto your computer, your iPod would be instantly synced, deleting all the remaining copies you have left in your iPod. This will permanently wipe out all your files.
So, if you are one of those people, or you just simply prefer manual syncing than automatic syncing, the next section is for you.
Syncing your iPod Manually
Syncing your iPod manually takes more effort than doing it automatically. This is because, every time you want to transfer your files from your iTunes to your iPod, you will have to set it manually, choosing the data to be transferred one by one. However, if you are one of the people who prefer doing it this way, just follow the enumerated steps below to set your syncing into manual mode.
- Start by plugging your iPod onto your computer
- Open your iTunes
- Once you have opened your iTunes, select devices on the left-hand side of the window. Click on your iPod.
As you may have noticed, from the start up to this point, the steps are similar as when you set your iPod to sync automatically, as seen above. From this point on, however, the steps will be different. So play close attention.
4. In the iTunes browser, instead of going to Music, go to Summary. Under summary, select Manually manage music and videos. This will instantly turn automatic syncing off.
Now, you can start manually managing your music
- On the top left corner of your iTunes window, you will see Library. Select this and choose to add music in the resulting window.
Just a piece of advice, it would be wise to eject your iPod manually from your iTunes every time you finish syncing your iPod. To do this, just click on your iPod icon under the device list and click on the eject button beside it.
Some people prefer automatic syncing. This option is for the on-the-go users who want their iPods always updated and ready to be used. For them, convenience is the number one priority. On the other hand, manual syncing is preferred by some. Although it is more tedious, it can prevent accidental erasure of files. People who prefer this are those for whom safety is the priority. Whichever group you belong to, your solution to your syncing woes should have been solved by this article.
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