I Just Got an iPod. What Should I Do Next?

A Beginner's Guide to the iPod

How to use an iPod

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You're the proud owner of a new iPod. Congratulations! You're going to have fun with your new toy. If you're wondering how to get started, here are some tips along with links to Lifewire articles that have directions to set up, use, and troubleshoot your iPod.

How to Use an iPod

To set up your iPod for the first time, make sure you have the required software and accounts. After that, follow the instructions about how to use the software to set up your iPod and get started.

Here's what you'll need:

  • iTunes to set up the iPod and to sync music, podcasts, and other content to it. Learn how to install iTunes on Mac or on Windows.
  • An Apple ID to activate the iPod and download content from iTunes to your iPod. Learn how to create an Apple ID.

Setup Instructions

There are several versions of the iPod and each has slightly different setup directions.

Set Up an iPod nano

The iPod nano is small and lightweight. Yet it also includes useful features, such as a screen and long battery life, making it a popular choice. Learn how to set up an iPod nano.

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Set Up an iPod Shuffle

Although it doesn't have a display screen, the iPod Shuffle is ultra-portable. Its size and light weight make it perfect for a workout. Find out how easy it is to set up an iPod Shuffle.

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Set Up an iPod Classic

The iPod Classic features a large, widescreen, color screen. It also has the ability to display videos and pictures, making it a longstanding favorite. Learn how to set up an iPod Classic.

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Basic iPod Features and Tips

Getting your iPod set up is the first step. The next step is to learn how to do all the things that make the iPod an awesome device.

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These articles will help you master the common iPod tasks:

  • If you own music in CD format, use iTunes to move the music to your iPod. Learn how to get songs from CD to iPod.
  • Another way to load songs onto the iPad is to purchase the music. Either download a single song or an entire album. Buy music at the iTunes Store and fill your iPod with the songs you're into.
  • Make your music listening experience more enjoyable by creating custom playlists in iTunes.
  • Conserve storage space by putting your iTunes library to work. Use Smart Playlists to optimize storage space. There are three methods, choose the one that best suits your needs.
  • When you want to hear something new and fresh, use the iPod nano FM radio to stream your favorite stations. Headphones work as an antenna for the device.
  • If you want to listen to your iPod in your vehicle, use a car stereo adapter. Find out which iPhone car stereo adapter is best for you.
  • Take care of your ears while listening to tunes. Find out how to avoid iPhone and iPod hearing loss.

Advanced iPod Features

After you become comfortable with your iPod, dig a little deeper into what you can do with the device.

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Here are some features you may want to explore:

How to Solve iPod Problems

Just like any technology gadget, sometimes things go wrong with the iPod. When they go wrong, it's good to know how to fix them. If your iPod is frozen, it's likely a software issue. Find out how to restart an iPod touch, restart an iPod nano, or restart an iPod Shuffle and get it back in proper working order.

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Manuals

Want to get all the details directly from Apple? Find out how to download iPod nano manuals or iPod Shuffle manuals.

Go Even Deeper With Your New iPod

Want to really learn all the ins and outs of your model? Search the Lifewire.com site to find pages dedicated to different iPod models that collect how-tos, reviews, tricks, and troubleshooting articles.