How to Use the iPod Shuffle Playlist

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

The iPod shuffle is the most compact and portable media player that Apple makes. The shuffle does not include an LCD screen for displaying menus, instead relying on a click-wheel to maneuver through the music that has been loaded onto it. To use the Playlist feature to select a set of songs that have been grouped together, work a few controls on the shuffle once a Playlist has been loaded using the free iTunes program that is provided for syncing with it.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes
  • iPod USB cable
  • iPod earbuds

Step 1

Plug one end of the iPod USB cable into the shuffle and the other end into a USB port on the PC.

Step 2

Launch iTunes by selecting it from the "All Applications" list available under the "Start" menu on your computer.

Step 3

Scroll down the left column of the iTunes program. Select a play list from the "Playlist" section of the column by clicking on it once.

Step 4

Drag the play list onto the shuffle icon in the left column under "Devices." Wait as the copy progress bar at the top middle of the iTunes window fills in from left to right.

Step 5

Right-click the shuffle icon after copying has been completed. Select "Eject" from the pop-up menu. Disconnect the iPod cable from the shuffle and the USB port on the computer.

Step 6

Insert the plug of the iPod ear buds into the headphone jack at the top edge of the iPod shuffle. Place the ear bud labeled "L" into the left ear and the one labeled "R" into the right ear.

Step 7

Slide the switch at the bottom right edge of the shuffle to the center position--half of the green stripe is now revealed.

Step 8

Click and hold the center button on the shuffle. Listen for the voice to tell you the name of the play list that is going to play. Release the button.

Step 9

Click the center button once to start the first song of the play list. Press the right side of the click-wheel to skip to the next song in the play list, or wait for the song to finish and the next song will automatically start.