Apple iPod and iTunes Tips

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Contents


iTunes May Erase All The Songs on Your iPod
Using iPod as a Hard Disc Drive to Store Files
Artwork / Album Art / Cover Art
How to Change the Quality / Bit Rate When Importing
Configure iTunes to Automatically Delete Netcasts/Podcasts
How to Use the Sleep Timer to Automatically Turn Off the iPod
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iTunes May Erase All The Songs on Your iPod

If you connect your iPod to a computer with a new installation of iTunes or a different computer that your iPod is not associated with, beware. When iTunes sees the iPod, iTunes will ask if you'd like to associate this iPod with this computer. Click No!

If you click yes, iTunes will delete all the songs on the iPod.

If you click no, iTunes will not delete the songs on the iPod.

If you have your iPod setup to auto-sync with iTunes, do the following:

For instructions and a list of utilities that will allow you to copy music from your iPod to your computer, see:

 

 


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Using iPod as a Hard Disc Drive to Store Files

You can use iPod as a hard disc drive to store and transfer data files. When you use iPod this way, make sure to eject it before disconnecting it from your computer.

To use iPod has a hard disc drive:

  1. Connect it to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Select iPod in the iTunes Source list.
  4. Click the Options button.
  5. Select "Enable disk use." Selecting "Manually manage songs and playlists" in the Options window also enables iPod to be used as a hard disk.

When used as a hard disk, the iPod disk icon appears on the desktop and in Finder windows, and in My Computer in Windows. Double-click the icon and drag files to or from iPod's window to copy them.

Tip: To transfer music files to iPod, use iTunes. You can't see the songs iTunes copies to your iPod in the Finder or My Computer. If you copy music files to iPod using the Finder or an Explorer window, iPod won't be able to play them.

You can't copy music files from iPod to iTunes, except by using special 3rd party software, such as EphPod and PodUtil.

See: Copying Music From iPod to Computer at iPodLounge.com

 

 


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Artwork / Album Art / Cover Art

Where is the Album Art stored in iTunes?

iTunes v8.0.2.20 and newer saves the album art within the MP3 file. Older versions of iTunes would save album art in the iTunes cache, separate from the MP3. This was an issue if you wanted to move your library to another computer or manage your library with a different program.  If the album art was stored in the cache, then the album art wouldn't show up on the other computer or within the other program.

 


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How to Change the Quality / Bit Rate When Importing

Version:

iTunes 9.x

OS:

Windows 7 Professional

  1. In iTunes v9.x, go to: Edit > Preferences
  2. On the "General" tab, click on the "Import Settings" button
  3. Select the "Custom..." setting
  4. Change to the desired "Stereo Bit Rate"

Preferences

Import Settings         Bit Rate

 

 


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Configure iTunes to Automatically Delete Netcasts / Podcasts

Version:

iTunes 10.0.1.22

OS:

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)

(a.k.a. How to set Podcast defaults)

How to configure iTunes to automatically delete netcasts after you've listened to them:

  1. Select "Podcasts" under Library
  2. Click the "Settings..." button at the bottom of the screen to dispay the "Podcast Settings" window
  3. Set "Settings for:" to Podcast Defaults. You may have to click the down arrow and then scroll to the top of the list.
  4. Set "Episodes to keep:" to "All unplayed episodes"
  5. Click the OK button

iTunes Podcast Settings

 


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How to Use the Sleep Timer to Automatically Turn Off the iPod

Device:

iPod Classic (2009)

Firmware:

v2.0.4

How to Use the Sleep Timer to Automatically Turn Off the iPod

  1. Enable the display of Alarms on the Main Menu
    Go to: Settings > Main Menu > Extras > Alarms
  2. Select the amount of time to count down
    Go to: Main Menu > Alarms > Sleep Timer > Select minutes: (15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes)

 


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