How to Download Music to Your iPod

ITunes allows you to download music to an iPod automatically or manually. Use an automatic download to transfer an entire music library or to choose selected playlists, artists, albums or genres from your collection. To download selected tracks, albums or artists, use a manual download.

Download Music Automatically

If you have enough space on the iPod, you can set iTunes to download your entire music library automatically. Alternatively, automatically download selected music by playlist, artist, album or genre.

Transfer Your Music Library

Step

Connect the iPod to iTunes and select its icon to open its menu. Select Music in the Settings area.

Select Music in the iPod's menu.
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Select Entire Music Library to download all your music.
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Step

Check the Sync Music button and select Entire Music Library. If available, check the box next to music videos to include videos in the download. If you've made changes to the iPod's settings, select Apply and then Sync to download the library; if you haven't made changes, select Sync.

Transfer Selected Music

Step

Select the iPod's icon and open Music in the Settings area. Select the Sync Music button and then check the Selected Playlists, Artists, Albums and Genres button. If you're given the option to include music videos and you want to add them to the download, check the Include Music Videos box.

Check Selected Playlists, Artists, Albums and Genres.
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Tick music to add it to the download.
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Step

Select the music you want to add from the Playlists, Artists, Genres or Albums areas by checking its boxes. When you've chosen your selection, select Sync. If you've made changes to the iPod's settings, select Apply and then Sync.

Download Music Manually

To download just a few tracks or albums to the iPod, make a manual transfer.

Step

Go to the music you want to download in iTunes. You can add a track, album or artist. Drag the music up to the iPod's icon to open the iPod's menu at the side of the screen.

Drag the music to the iPod's icon.
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Drag the music down to the iPod in the Devices area.
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Step

Drag the music down to the iPod's name in the Devices area of the side menu. When the iPod highlights blue, release your mouse to drop the music and transfer it to the device.