How to Download Songs Onto an iPod Nano

by Benjamin Aries

The Apple iPod is the most popular brand of personal music player in the world. Introduced in 2001, the iPod has undergone several revisions over the years. Apple unveiled the iPod Nano in 2005. This model is smaller than the original device, yet can still hold several gigabytes of music. In order to download songs to the Nano, the Apple iTunes software must be used. This program can automatically synchronize with the iPod, and keep it up-to-date with the owner's media.

Plug the USB transfer cable into the port on the iPod Nano. Connect the opposite end to a free USB port on the computer. Launch the Apple iTunes software on the computer.

Enter a name for the iPod. In the dialog box that appears, choose the desired options for syncing. Select both "Music" and "Photos" if you would like to synchronize these files automatically.

Choose the desired language for the Nano. Click "Done." Wait for the iTunes files to synchronize with the iPod.

Connect the iPod Nano to the computer at any time to automatically synchronize songs. To disable this automatic feature, deselect the "Open iTunes When This iPod Is Connected" option in the "Summary" section of iTunes. Press "Apply."

Click the "Music" listing in the "Library" section to manually load songs. Select a desired song from the library, or hold down the "Control" button to choose multiple songs. Drag the selected songs to iPod Nano name on the "Device" list. This action can be performed even if automatic syncing is disabled.

Items you will need

  • Apple iPod Nano
  • USB Transfer Cable
  • Apple iTunes Software

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