Have iPod are great, but iPods aren’t very useful without music on them. In order to enjoy your mobile music device, you must learn how to burn music to iPod.

The information in this article applies to iPods that are not connected to the Internet: iPod Classic, iPod Mini, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle.

Sync iPod with iTunes instead of iCloud

iPod Classic, iPod Mini, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle do not have their own Internet connection. If you want to put media on them, you use the iTunes program on your desktop or laptop to download songs to your iPod using the process synchronization not iCloud.

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By connecting your iPod to a computer with iTunes, you can add almost any music to your iPod and, depending on the model you have, other content such as videos, podcasts, photos, and audiobooks on that computer.

How to Put Music on iPod Classic, Mini, Nano and Shuffle

Make sure you have iTunes installed on your computer and that you have added music to your iTunes library. You can receive music copying songs from CDs by downloading them from the Internet and buying them from online stores such as iTunes Store among other means. These iPods do not support music streaming services such as Spotify or Apple Music .

Apple replaced iTunes for Mac in 2019 with the release macOS Catalina . Your iTunes music library is now in the Music app, but you are transferring music to your iPod using Finder . When you connect an iPod to a Mac, it appears in the Finder. Just drag and drop files to your device. Windows PC users can still use iTunes for Windows.

  1. Connect your iPod to your computer using the supplied USB cable. You can’t use just any cable; you need one that fits into an Apple dock connector or Lightning port, depending on your model. If iTunes isn’t already open on your computer, it’s opening now. If you haven’t set up your iPod yet, iTunes will guide you through installation process .

  2. Once you’ve gone through the setup process, or if your iPod is already set up, you’ll see the main iPod control screen. If you don’t see it, click the iPod icon in iTunes to go to this screen. The screen displays a picture of your iPod and a set of tabs on the sides or top, depending on the version of iTunes. The first menu tab is Music . Choose it.

  3. The first parameter to tab » Music » — « Music Sync» . Check the box next to it. If you don’t, you won’t be able to download songs.

  4. Available options:

    • Entire music library does what it says. It syncs all the music in your iTunes library to your iPod (if space permits).
    • Synchronization of selected playlists, artists and genres allows you to select the music that goes to your iPod using these categories. Check the boxes next to the items you want to sync.
    • Turn on music videos syncs any music videos in your iTunes library to your iPod (as long as it can play videos).
  5. For more precise control over the songs that sync to your iPod, create a playlist and sync only this playlist or uncheck the song to prevent it from being added to your iPod.

  6. Select » Apply» at the bottom of the iTunes window after changing the settings and determining which songs you want to download.

    The process of syncing songs to your iPod will begin. How long it takes depends on how many songs you download. After sync is completed, you have successfully added music to your iPod.

  7. To add other content, such as audiobooks or podcasts (if your iPod supports them), look for other tabs in iTunes next to the Music tab. Click on the appropriate tabs and select options on these screens. Sync again and this content will also be transferred to your iPod

Some older versions of iTunes allowed you to sync music to non-Apple MP3 players. Find out about all non-Apple iTunes compatible MP3 players .

How to Put Music on iPhone or iPod Touch

All early iPods were limited to syncing with iTunes, but this does not apply to the iPhone and iPod touch. Since these devices can connect to the Internet and run applications, they have much more options for adding music .

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