Seventeen years ago, on October 2001, Steve Jobs announced the first generation of iPod classic. Since that day, the iPod has changed the way people buy and listen to music, sold millions of devices, and laid the second primary foundation for Apple, in wade of Mac.
However, with the stormy trends of smartphone, iPod seems is gradually passing out of our sight. As an iPhone covers all features of iPod, will you still take an iPod in your bag? Before giving your answer, read on this tutorial to find out why you still should consider taking an iPod along with you and how to put music on an iPod.
- Part 1: Why You Should Be Using iPod
- Part 2: How to Put Music on an iPod with iTunes
- Part 3: How to Put Music on an iPod without iTunes
Part 1: Why You Should Be Using iPod
From the physically scrolling wheel of the original iPod classic to the smooth glass and aluminum of the latest iPod Touch 6, iPod is definitely the king of MP3 players. In comparison of modern smartphones, take iPhone as an example, is it a wise choice to take an iPod in your pocket? Here are the supporting points to revive your ancient iPods.
Reason 1: 36 Hours of Music non-stop.The battery life expectancy of iPod Classic ranges from model to model, clocking up even to 36 hours of active using at its best.
Reason 2: Pretty Apple Click Wheel. Enjoy the Apple Click Wheel, a touch-sensitive wheel that makes it incredibly easy to navigate through the various menus and options with just a thumb.
Reason 3: Pure Music Experience. The most capable iPod classic 6th holds 160GB music, no hurt on your mobile data plan, no disturbance on your music listening.
Part 2: How to Put Music on an iPod with iTunes
iTunes is the default Apple device manager software that comes with your iPod. Apart from purchasing music and movies on iTunes Store, you can use it for organizing, playing, converting and downloading files from an external source to your computer and from your computer to an iPod. Here are the details steps to put music on your iPod with iTunes.
Step 1: Open iTunes > Connect your iPod to your computer;
Step 2: On the left top corner of iTunes, tap the iPod icon;
Step 3: Choose the songs you'd like to put onto your iPod > drag and drop them to the iPod tab on the left side:
Part 3: How to Put Music on an iPod without iTunes
Every iPod was born with the integration of iTunes. That's true. But to make better use of your iPod, firstly you'd better be a master at managing your iPod content. Here are the myths that many users misunderstand about iPod music management.
Myth 1: If I use iPod, I can only download music from the iTunes Store. Not true. You can download music from other sites (as long as the site doesn't use Windows Media DRM -- iPod isn't compatible with that encoding).
Myth 2: If I use iPod, I can only use the iTunes as my music player. Not true. While iPod is made to work with the iTunes software, there are other jukeboxes out there that you can use with your iPod.
Myth 3: If I use iTunes, I can manage my iPod freely. Not true. With iTunes to put music on your iPod, you can only sync with one iTunes library, and you cannot put music off your iPod.
To put music on your iPod with truly freedom, you can choose a Mac app named SyncBird, which is another iPod music transfer software for macOS. Besides putting music off an iPod, you can also count on this freeware to preserve your playlists, play counts and other music info. Here are the detailed steps on how to move music on your iPod with SyncBird.
Step 1: Connect your iPod (all iPod models included) to your computer > Open SyncBird > On the left side, click Music option in menu bar.
Step 2: Choose the music tracks you'd like to put onto your iPod from computer:
Step 3: Click Open and SyncBird will start putting iPod music back to your computer.
The Bottom Line
In most cases, when you plug in your iPod, it will automatically downloads every new tracks that you added to your iTunes library since the last time it was connected. To choose iTunes or third party iPod Music Transfer software, like SyncBird to manage your iPod music depends on your particular need. In general, keep both iPod transfer solution in hand will make your iPod management more convenient and comfortable.