How to Copy Pictures Onto an iPod

by C. Taylor

The most common way to copy pictures from your desktop PC to an Apple iPod is by syncing folders or libraries through Apple's iTunes program. This free program is included with your iPod and automates photo transfer. However, most iPods also allow a second method of photo transfer through iTunes' Disk Copy feature. This feature turns your iPod into a storage device that is accessible through Windows Explorer and enables direct copying of photos. All versions of iPod can use this feature except for the iPod Touch, which must rely on syncing through iTunes.

Syncing Through iTunes

Connect your iPod to your computer using the USB connector cable or dock that was packaged with your iPod. Open iTunes.

Click "iPod" from the list of devices on the left pane of iTunes.

Click the "Photos" tab.

Check "Sync Photos From" and select "Choose Folder" from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can select "My Pictures," "Adobe Photoshop Album" or "Adobe Photoshop Elements" to sync photos from these locations.

Choose the folder containing the photos you wish to copy. Select "All Photos" to copy all photos in the folder or "Selected Folders" to designate a subfolder.

Check "Include Full-Resolution Photos" if you wish to copy the full-sized photo in addition to the iPod-optimized copies.

Click "Apply" to copy your photos.

Disk Mode

Connect your iPod to your computer and open iTunes.

Click "iPod" from the left-hand list of devices.

Click the "Settings" or "Summary" tab.

Check "Enable Disk Use" from the options list. This option is not available for the iPod Touch.

Click "OK" and then "Apply."

Press "Win-E" to open Windows Explorer.

Drag and drop photos from Windows Explorer to the iPod's drive letter in the left pane.

Right-click the iPod drive letter and select "Eject" before disconnecting your iPod.

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