iPod shuffle question....

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Keith, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. Keith

    Keith Guest

    My neighbour (in her 60's) does not have a computer..We live in Sydney.
    Her daughter bought her an iPod Shuffle (she lives in Brisbane) has loaded
    it with music and mailed it down to her.

    She has asked me if I can copy some of her songs she has on cd to it...so I
    downloaded iTunes onto my pc, plugged in the iPod to Windows (XP), Windows
    found it and set it up but the only dialog promt I got from the PC was "do
    you want to sync the iPod to the current playlist in iTunes NOTE all items
    on the iPod will be deleted" or something similar. So I pressed cancel
    because she did not want to lose all the songs she had on it.

    I could find no other way to access the iPod through iTunes ? Is it the case
    that once you set it up on a pc it can only be accessed through that pc?

    I thought it would be a sipmle as a "mass storage device" to be found in my
    computer. apparently not.

    Any help would be appreciated


    Keith, Feb 3, 2007
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  2. Due to the clearing effect of the killfile
    I was able to see Keith say:
    No it's not. Well, it is seen as one, but you can't just copy music across
    as it won't work. It has the media in a labyrinth of directories and config

    The software that comes with it (which sucks) seems to access it in a round
    about way. It has all the sync and will delete everything crap. I assume
    that is some itunes stuff... Whatever, it wasn't very nice. But it did sort
    of work once you figured out how to fiddle it (which I did once and
    promptly forgot all about).

    The preferred option here is to use Amarok under linux to access the ipod.
    Much better. You can also use something like gtk-pod under linux...
    Tim Fairchild, Feb 3, 2007
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  3. Keith

    Keith Guest

    Thanks Tim...
    I have and use Mandriva 2006 , so will Amarok substitute for Itunes and let
    me add and delete what is already on the Ipod? If so Linux to the
    rescue...GO TUX ! ! !
    Keith, Feb 3, 2007
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    user Guest

    user, Feb 3, 2007
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    Rod Speed Guest

    It can be a little counterintuitive to setup initially, to get the ipod showing in iTunes.
    Turns out all you have to do is name it in itunes and hit the finish button.
    It sort of looks like you have to register it but thats just misleading, you dont have to.
    Nope, you can do that on multiple PCs.
    Yeah, it doesnt do it like that, mainly because its got a relatively fancy
    way of synching the PC with the ipod and varying the ipod contents auto.
    You dont have to use that, you are welcome to load stuff into the ipod
    manually using itunes if you want. The user interface takes a bit of getting
    used to but it works fine once you get the hang of it. Simplest to just
    paste into the ipod itself where it appears in the list on the left in iTunes.

    Its important to hit the eject button on the ipod in iTunes before unplugging it.

    Once you have set it up properly, it should start iTunes
    auto when you plug the ipod into the PC next time.
    Rod Speed, Feb 3, 2007
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