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How to Get Cover Art for an iPod
CoverFlow is Apple's way of displaying the albums and songs stored on an iPod or iPod Touch. The music file and the album cover art are linked together in a database managed in iTunes, and synced to the portable device. In 2009, a number of users reported problems with the album art not showing up. Again, in early 2012, this type of complaint had another small surge. If this happens to you, the place to solve the problem is in iTunes, where there are two settings to check.
How to Encrypt My iPod Touch
Older iPods enabled you to store primarily audio and video files only, thus privacy and security was not much of an issue with models used only as media players. However, modern iPod Touch models enable you to not only play music and videos, but also browse the Web, send emails and instant messages and even transfer files via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Therefore, your iPod Touch probably has sensitive data you want to protect from prying eyes, and you can do so by encrypting the device.
How to Turn off an IPod When It's Locked Up
It's not unusual for the iPod to suddenly lock up and stop responding, particularly if you're running one or more third-party apps on the device. Sometimes, if you wait a few minutes, the media player will eventually start working again, but if you don't have time to wait, or if the iPod is still frozen after several minutes, you can try to reset the device instead. You won't lose any personal files or settings if you reset the device. The process, similar to rebooting a computer, simply clears any data from the RAM, restoring the iPod to a fresh state. If you have an iPod Touch, and the device still won't work after you reset it, you can try also restoring it with iTunes.
How to Fix the Cache in an IPod Touch
Safari's cache contains previously downloaded Web elements, so the browser doesn't waste time and data downloading pages, images and objects on subsequent visits to the site. If the cache contains corrupt data, you may receive errors when revisiting a website, or you might not get the most up-to-date copy of the page. Clearing your iPod Touch's cache removes this data, as well as cookies that contain stored information used by the site. Safari will automatically reconstruct this data as necessary, so no harm comes from clearing these files. However, you may lose saved login information and need to re-enter these details when you subsequently access the site.
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Every piece of computerized equipment is susceptible to the occasional crash, and your iPod Touch is no exception. Several things can cause your iPod to stop responding, including software conflict, app problems or corrupted operating system files. Some crashes can be fixed with a restart, but at times the functionality issues require a little more troubleshooting.
Replacing your iPod earbuds is expensive, and it's usually not worth the expense if you only have a minor repair issue. There are DIY fixes you can do at home to fix most broken earbud issues. Some fixes require a little bit of soldering knowledge and you'll definitely need a wire stripper, but repair supplies are inexpensive and widely available in any craft or hardware store. Replace missing earpieces, splice wires together and replace the jack yourself rather than buy a new pair of earphones.
All it takes is one slip near a puddle and your MP3 device could be ruined. Incidental water damage like that is one of the most frustrating ways to lose a device, because it's preventable with a little waterproofing. You could wrap your MP3 player in duct tape to protect it from rain and splashes. Or, you can go with far less invasive solutions that still keep your device protected from accidental spills and the occasional downpour.
Manually transferring music from iTunes to an iPod gives you more control over which songs are placed on the device than the automatic transfer method does. The iPod Touch, Classic, Nano and Shuffle can transfer music files through a USB connection; the Touch model can also transfer over Wi-Fi, as long as the computer and the iPod Touch are connected to the same router. When using the Wi-Fi transfer method, you need to first set up your iPod to accept wireless transfers.
Apple's iTunes software makes it a breeze to transfer music from your computer to your iPod. Your iPod supports a variety of audio formats, including MP3, WAV and AAC files. When you add a song from your computer to iTunes, it appears in the iTunes library, and you can then transfer the song from the iTunes library to your iPod.
Stand-alone speakers don't have a connector that will directly interface with an MP3 player, but with a little hackery, you can connect your MP3 player's headphone jack to a speaker. The main issue is that the power produced by an MP3 player is designed to drive the tiny speakers inside headphones, not full-size speakers.
When that moment of silence isn't a part of the MP3 you're listening to, maybe your earbuds are going out. Not every MP3 player ships with high-quality earbuds, but you can still get some more life out of what you have. Since the actual electronics inside earbuds is incredibly simple, mending broken wires or connections isn't too difficult for most people.
With Wi-Fi support, Web browsing, instant messaging and more, the iPod Touch offers virtually all the functionality of an iPhone except the ability to use the device as a direct-dial phone. Purchasing a second-hand iPod Touch can often provide a better value versus buying a new one – especially if the unit is still under warranty. ITunes enables buyers of used iPods to transfer device registration directly. Additionally, Apple allows for the transfer of any standard or extended warranty service for an iPod Touch as long as the transaction occurs within the coverage period.
Like other iOS products from Apple, iPods are generally durable and provide years of trouble-free use with reasonable care. Just as with any other device that uses digital files, though, freezes or lockups on an iPod do occur occasionally. An iPod can lock up or freeze for a number of reasons, such as fragmentation and corrupt files. Nevertheless, resolving a freeze with an iPod is usually as simple as resetting or unpausing the device or updating its firmware.
If you have bought, or have been given, a used iPod Touch, the first thing you should do is to erase all of its data and settings. This restores the device to its factory default settings, so you can set it up as your own. After the iPod Touch has been restored, the setup guide will guide you through the activation process. You can then enter your own Apple ID to activate the device and begin downloading the music and apps that you want.
Your iPod has numerous features and abilities, not only for music playback but also for keeping all of your various apps well-organized. As long-term iPod users know and new users will most certainly appreciate, even routine things like well-curated playlists can dramatically enhance the listening experience by making it more convenient. Learning how to maximize your iPod's organizational potential is essential in making it an integrated part of your life.
A dimming screen on an iPod Touch can be very disruptive when you are watching a movie or playing a game. Fourth generation and older Apple iPod Touch models included an Auto-Brightness feature to automatically adjust the brightness level of the iPod in relation to ambient light in a room. Apple removed this feature from the fifth generation iPod line. Similarly, the Auto-Lock feature, available on all models, dims the screen to conserve battery and to act as a warning when device activity has ceased and the device is about to turn off the display. Customizing these features to match your usage involves a few basic steps.
An inconsistent or unavailable Internet connection may disrupt the flow of music from Rhapsody's streaming service to your MP3 player or smartphone. However, thanks to the service's local storage options, a broken stream doesn't mean that you have to stop listening to tunes acquired through your Rhapsody subscription. Pool your favorite songs locally through Rhapsody's MP3 player app to enjoy albums worth of music even if your mobile device's data stream goes dead.
The VoiceOver feature -- designed to aid the visually impaired -- is included on the Apple iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, and iPod Touch. When VoiceOver is enabled, the iPod automatically speaks track information about each song as well as information about every other option on the iPod. This can be helpful if you are unable to visually check the iPod, but it can also be distracting. You turn off VoiceOver from the settings screen of the Nano and Touch, while the Shuffle requires you to disable VoiceOver from iTunes.
If you regularly use iTunes to sync your iPod with your computer, the computer's hard drive can quickly fill up due to the iPod's Photo Cache folder, which contains copies of the iPod's photos in addition to the ones you saved to your computer and on your iPod. Depending on how many photos you have, this folder can take up several gigabytes of storage space. Deleting the iPod Photo Cache folder from your computer is completely harmless and doesn't affect your computer or the iPod's photo libraries. When you sync the iPod after deleting the folder, iTunes creates a new, fresh Photo Cache folder.
You're scrolling through your iPod when you notice you somehow have three copies of an artist's name and multiple copies of songs from their latest album. Not only is that annoying, but it's also wasting space. Get rid of duplicates with iTunes and manage your iPod syncs more carefully to prevent this from happening again in the future. To start weeding through duplicates in your iPod library, plug it into your computer and select it from the list of devices in iTunes.
Apple's iPod Touch is offered in a variety of colors, with a high degree of fit and finish. However, that might not be enough for you. Cases, stickers and a variety of other techniques can help make your iPod Touch uniquely yours, incorporating a variety of designs and adding new color schemes to the unit. Since the iPod Touch is a complex electronic device, it's important to keep in mind to not decorate the unit to such a degree that it becomes difficult to disassemble and service; in some cases, doing so may actually void the warranty.
In most cases, you can use FaceTime on an iPod Touch to video chat with friends who are using an iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad or a Mac computer. There are several factors that can prevent this from working. A poor Wi-Fi or Internet connection is a common cause of problems. Airplane mode or an outdated version of iOS can also interfere with FaceTime. If you haven't used FaceTime on your iPod Touch before, make sure it has been activated with your Apple ID.
Safari on the iPod Touch has many of the same features as the computer version of the application, including the ability to create and edit bookmarks of your often visited websites. The iOS Maps application has the same functionality for saving map locations. You can change the names and delete or rearrange your bookmarks as needed in both applications.
Like previous models, the fifth-generation iPod Touch includes a feature that puts it to "sleep" after a preset interval if it stops playing music and you don’t tap any buttons or icons. Once the iPod Touch goes to sleep, the screen dims and controls on the screen are no longer active until you press the "Sleep/Wake" button. If you want to prevent the iPod from going to sleep by itself, you must disable the feature manually.
Even if your iPod Touch got soaked, you might not necessarily be out of luck. Apple's warranty doesn't cover water damage, so you won't be able to get a repair or replacement from them. However, you can counteract the damage yourself. Power down your iPod Touch as soon as it gets wet and get ready to dry it out. If you're quick enough with your response, you should have it back up and running in a few days.
Depending on how a song was recorded or encoded, its relative volume might differ from other songs on your iPod playlist, forcing you to constantly adjust your volume settings. However, iTunes's Sound Check feature normalizes each song's volumes so they play them at approximately the same level. All modern iPod models also have their own Sound Check option for toggling the setting on or off. However, enabling this option on the iPod nano has no effect unless you also enable it in iTunes.
With older versions of the Apple iPod, you did not have to worry too much about the brightness levels for the display because the devices used ambient light sensors that adjusted settings automatically. However, with the release of the fifth-generation iPod Touch, Apple removed the automatic brightness-adjustment feature. Consequently, if you want to adjust the brightness on a fifth-generation iPod Touch, you must do so manually.
A Nike + iPod Sport Kit or sensor enables you to track your walking or running workout routines using your iPod Nano or iPod Touch. Your workout information is tracked using a sensor placed in a compatible Nike+ shoe. Once you complete a workout, you can upload the information recorded by your iPod to the Nike+ website for you to review.
To fully disinfect an iPod Touch, you would need to use rubbing alcohol or a similar disinfecting agent on the device. However, Apple warns that these materials can damage the screen and other components. There are safer ways to clean the accumulated dirt and debris on your device, but you still have to take great care during cleaning, as coarse materials can scratch the screen and liquids seeping into open areas can corrode components, thereby voiding your warranty.
Part of the fun of using a media player such as the iPod Touch is customizing the device so that it reflects your personality. You can use photos to customize your iPod’s background, also called the wallpaper. You can choose a picture already saved on your iPod Touch, a photo that you just snapped or a picture that you save from a Web page, email or text message.
One technical problem reported by 6th generation iPod Nano owners is a white screen instead of the normal user interface. This prevents access to the files on the device. However, though the Nano doesn't work when the white screen problem occurs, it doesn't necessarily mean it's broken. By resetting your Nano, placing it in Disk mode and then restoring it with iTunes, you should be able to fix the white screen problem and continue using the Nano.
Users of jailbroken iPod touch devices have access to numerous customization apps and features unavailable to those using stock software. One such option is the Transparent Dock feature, available to those that use Cydia software and the WinterBoard customization app. Once the iPod is jailbroken using JailbreakMe, RedSn0w, Absinthe or others, you can download WinterBoard through Cydia and begin the process.
A passcode prevents people from tampering with your iPod Touch and deleting your media inadvertently or viewing private pictures or video clips. If you believe your passcode has been compromised, or if you forget it, you'll need to reset it. If you remember your passcode, resetting it is relatively straightforward. If you don’t remember the code, though, you must reset the iPod to its factory default settings.
By default, iTunes configures your iPod Nano to display album art so you can view related artwork as you listen to music. However, this can cause the iPod Nano to freeze or reset without warning. If you experience this problem, or simply don't want to view album art, consider deleting the album art from the iPod Nano. You'll need iTunes to disable this feature, which also deletes the artwork when you re-sync the iPod Nano.
Set a simple or complex passcode on your iPod Touch and it'll prompt you for a required sign-in every time you turn on or wake the device. A simple passcode is four digits, which is enough security for some, but if you want stronger data protection, opt for a complex passcode. Complex codes are alphanumeric so you can set a long code for maximum security. Choose a passcode you'll remember, as the iPod Touch will be disabled after six incorrect tries. If that happens, you'll need to reset the device using an app or iTunes.
When your iPod Nano freezes, you have the option of resetting the device or restoring it to factory settings. If the Nano has frozen for the first time, you should reset the device. Resetting the Nano is a way of forcing the device to reboot. You should consider restoring the Nano to factory settings if the device freezes regularly during use. When you restore the Nano to factory settings, all of the device's settings and data are deleted. Restoring the Nano should clear the problem that is causing the frequent freezing, but you'll have to set up and synchronize the device as you did when you first used it.
Many smartphones and other devices, such as the seventh-generation iPod Nano, have features that assist handicapped or challenged users. For example, VoiceOver is an iPod feature that helps vision-impaired people use the iPod by reading aloud the contents of the screen. Predefined finger gestures enable users to move between pages or scroll through lists. If you've accidentally turned on VoiceOver, you can disable it through the Accessibility options in the iPod Nano's General Settings.
Setting one of the Shuffle modes on the iPod Touch plays songs in a seemingly random order, rather than honoring the original order of songs. To disable the Shuffle feature, you might need to change one of three settings. The iPod Touch uses a global setting that controls all songs, but you might also have the Shuffle feature enabled on a specific playlist. There is also a Shake to Shuffle feature that overrides the previous settings, enabling you to shuffle playback when you shake the device.
The Dock at the bottom of your iPod Touch contains icons that allow you to launch apps from any of your home screens. By default, these icons are popular apps, such as the Mail or Safari apps. However, depending on the tasks you perform on your iPod Touch, the apps Apple chose to include in the Dock might not necessarily be the ones you use the most. Fortunately, it is possible to remove the default apps from your Dock and add any app icon you like.
The iPod Touch has security features that you can implement to either fully disable the device or disable specific applications. Enable these security features by creating a passcode that, if entered incorrectly a certain number of times, prevents access to the iPod Touch or its applications, thereby effectively disabling it. If your iPod Touch is ever lost or stolen, setting a passcode also allows you to disable the iPod remotely using iCloud.
Apple includes a parental control utility called Restrictions to prevent children from accessing mature applications on the iPod Touch. Enabling Restrictions doesn't remove the applications, but instead hides the applications. In addition to the Restrictions utility, you can increase your privacy by hiding applications from the Purchased list in the App Store.
Depending on what you need to restore and why, you have a few options for getting apps back onto an iPod Touch. If you have lost several apps or your iPod has begun acting up, erasing the device and restoring your apps from a backup may be the best solution. You can also restore apps by downloading them from the App Store or from your computer, provided you have been syncing to iTunes. Free apps aren't part of an iOS backup, but you can recover those from iTunes or from the App Store.
Your new iPod won't be much fun to use until you've loaded it up with your favorite music. But to get to that stage, there are a few steps you'll need to take. The very first step is to install iTunes on your computer and load your music library into iTunes, because you'll need iTunes to copy music to your iPod. Meanwhile, plug in your iPod to charge it. It needs to charge for at least 30 minutes before it's ready to use.
Apple enables you to import photos to your iPod Touch by syncing them through iTunes. ITunes supports syncing directly from programs, such as Photoshop, or specific folders on your computer. Apple recommends you use the latest version of iTunes before attempting to sync photos to the device. Once synced, the pictures are available for viewing on the iPod Touch, even when you're disconnected from your computer.
Syncing in iTunes automatically matches the content stored in your library to your iPod or other iOS device. While your computer's hard drive, however, might have enough space to hold hundreds of gigabytes of data, your iPod does not. If your library is too large to sync with your iPod, and iTunes can't transfer over all of the songs on your PC, manage your song selection manually.
If you're a music lover, the iPod Nano lets you enjoy your favorite tunes just about anywhere. However, the Nano is more than just a multimedia device; it's also an accurate, reliable timepiece. The Nano includes a built-in digital clock that displays the current time in either standard 12-hour fashion or the 24-hour format used by the military. The Nano also offers several options for customizing the appearance of the clock as well. Setting the time, date and time zone on your Nano is relatively straightforward and takes only a couple of minutes.
If you find Genius is taking up too much time when you sync your iPod, or even if you just don't want to divulge your purchase history to the Apple program, you can disable Genius on any iPod that uses this feature. Genius is available on the iPod Nano, iPod Classic and iPod Touch. Because the iPod Touch is an iOS device, Genius is also an option for the App Store. Turning off Genius for iTunes music can only be done on your computer. When you sync the iPod with iTunes, it is turned off on the iPod. Turning off Genius for the App Store can be done on the iPod Touch itself by using the Settings menu.
As you accumulate apps on an iPod Touch, you will eventually want to organize how they appear so you can quickly find the apps you use most. If you tap and hold any icon, you can then delete icons or move them to where you want them. You can sort different types of apps on different home screens, move apps in and out of the dock at the bottom of the screen, or organize apps in folders. You can also use iTunes to customize the home screen when you connect the iPod Touch to your computer.
Music you transfer to your iPod is not limited to just songs you download from the Internet or purchase on iTunes. With an ordinary CD-ROM drive and iTunes, you can import music from all of your favorite CDs as well and copy it to your iPod. With most CDs, iTunes is able to identify tracks on the discs, download appropriate title information and display it automatically before ripping or importing the songs. If you need to enter or changes song titles manually, though, you must do so in iTunes because you can't edit titles directly on the iPod.
If you have an iPod Touch you can quickly add a photo to any friend's contact information when you add him to the iPod or by editing it later on. It's simply a matter of tapping the "Add Photo" button while editing that contact. You can select any photo in the Photos app you want to use for that person. While the same process works for other iOS devices like the iPhone or iPad, you can't add photos to contacts in other models of the Apple iPod.
There are many ways to share information with others through the Internet, and one of the most effective means is by opening a port on your private network. Whether you need to share resources with a colleague across town or keep an eye on your home from across the world via security cameras, opening a port on your router should only be done for secure access by businesses, services and people you trust. After all, network access can be a two-way street.
If you are having problems with your iPod or want to transfer files manually to and from your computer, you can put the iPod into disk mode. Getting into disk mode varies depending on the model you are using. For example, the process is a bit different between the iPod Nano 6th generation and 7th generation, as well as models with click wheels or older models without a click wheel. The iPod Touch has no disk mode.
If an iPod Classic is not behaving properly, resetting it often clears up the problem. You will lose customizations you have made to the iPod, including brightness and language settings, but resetting it will not affect the songs or videos it contains. If the iPod is connected to a computer, eject it in iTunes by clicking the "Eject" button in the upper left corner of the iTunes window before trying to reset it or you could damage the files it contains.
If your iPod Nano freezes, you may not need to call technical support or take it to the store to get help. There are several steps you can take to reset, or reboot, a Nano on your own. You may worry that resetting the iPod will erase part or all of the media on it. The good news is that rebooting your iPod does not affect your music or other files stored on the device.
Using a Wi-Fi Internet connection, you can make free calls using an iPod Touch. Apple's own FaceTime app comes installed on the iPod Touch and can be used to call other FaceTime users on an iPhone, iPad, Mac computer or another iPod Touch. If you want to call other phones or don't want to use FaceTime, you can use many other apps available on the App Store. Some popular calling apps include Skype, Viber, Talkatone and iCall.
The iPod comes in many flavors: Mini, Nano, Classic, Shuffle and Touch. Add media to any iPod by synching it with iTunes on your computer. If you have an iPod Touch, you can also download media from the App Store, iCloud or the iTunes Store directly to your device. When you sync with iTunes, you can set your iPod to update automatically or manually so you have more control over what gets added.
Apple's iPod Shuffle is a small and convenient way to carry hundreds of songs right in your pocket. Like all iPods, the Shuffle syncs to your computer or laptop to gain critical updates, transfer content and charge the battery. Setting up an iPod Shuffle is the first step you undertake that gives you a feel for the process and ensures that content is on your device as expected.
While your iPod nano's small screen size does not do justice to high-resolution photos, your device can display them nonetheless. To store album cover photos or other keepsake images on your iPod nano, though, you must import them from iTunes because the device does not provide a way for you to import images directly from a camera or smartphone.
If you receive a used iPod from a friend or relative, or if you buy one, you may want to keep all the music, photos and videos that are stored on the device when you receive it. A more likely scenario, though, is that you'll want to wipe the media on the used iPod and start over with content you choose to download or already have on your computer. Using iTunes, you can restore a used iPod's factory default settings and create a fresh slate for the device just as if it were a new one.
If you forget your Apple ID or password, or if Apple has disabled your Apple ID for security reasons, it may be necessary to reset your Apple ID on the iPod Touch. You also may need to reset your Apple ID if it was changed when you synced to iTunes when iTunes was logged in to a different Apple account. All of this can be done in the Settings app on your iPod Touch, provided you have access to the Internet over a Wi-Fi network.
Restoring your iPod's factory settings as part of the troubleshooting process need not mean losing all of your data. Creating a backup enables you to save the music, photos and other files stored on your iPod so that you can restore them after you reset the device. You can restore any iPod model from a backup by connecting it to iTunes. If you use the iPod Touch, you can also restore the device from a backup using iCloud.
If your iPod Shuffle freezes or isn't performing the way it should, you can reset the device to its factory settings. Although the process is similar for all four generations of iPod Shuffle devices, there are slight differences, so you should first identify which generation device you have.
The screen brightness settings on an iPod Touch enables you to make adjustments for different lighting conditions and still be able to see your screen, or to conserve the battery while you're using it. The 4th generation iPod Touch has a setting that allows you to set the screen brightness automatically depending on ambient light, but the 5th generation iPod and later do not have that capability. You can manually set the brightness for these to fix screens that are too dim.
Purchasing a hearing amplifier requires considering several important factors. Hearing amplifiers differ from hearing aids, which are designed for those individuals who suffer from hearing loss. If you suspect you have a hearing problem, consult your physician. Using a hearing amplifier in place of a hearing aid could delay a proper diagnosis and may worsen any existing health condition. Amplifiers are meant for non-hearing-impaired individuals who want to improve their hearing in certain situations, like sporting events, lectures, theater performances and other public events.
In addition to listening to music and watching videos, a number of MP3 players include an e-book viewer for reading books on the go. For example, the Eclipse 180 and the Trio T4300HD, support e-books stored in TXT format. While many MP3 players allow you to sync media using Windows Media Player, the program doesn’t support the transfer of e-books to the device. To sync e-books, use Windows Explorer.
Introduced in 2008, Boxee made a splash as a software application that integrated online video sources with social media. The Boxee software quickly evolved into the Boxee Box, a dedicated device for running Boxee on a TV, and then into Boxee TV, which also includes live over-the-air viewing and DVR capability. In early 2012, the Boxee app was discontinued in favor of the set-top box. Using the Apple Remote device with either Boxee set-top box is not possible, due to the configuration of the remote. However, Boxee makes an iOS app that allows you to control your Boxee TV with your iPhone or iPad, and a third-party OS X widget offers control of the Boxee Box.
Starting life as a manufacturer of flash memory, the SanDisk Corporation saw a natural use for its technology in MP3 players. Today's Sansa media players may not recommend restaurants or hail cabs like advanced smartphones can, but their simplicity and low cost make them a great alternative for a workout or car trip. Three models of Sansa -- the Fuze+, Clip+ and Clip Zip -- offer different form factors and features, but they're all available for less than $100, and all are expandable using flash storage.
Portable audio devices with modern USB connections are perfect for transferring digital audio to and from your computer, or other high-tech devices. If you want to connect a USB device to a device that's not equipped with a USB outlet, such as a home or car stereo, or another analog audio system, you'll need to purchase a USB-to-audio adapter. They're usually very portable and easy to use.
You can use your TomTom not only as a GPS system, but also, using a connection accessory from TomTom, to control your iPod in the car. You can access your music through your TomTom and play it through the internal speaker, or you can connect it to the auxiliary port in your car stereo and run it through the car speakers. You can also access photos on your iPod through your TomTom. The TomTom jukebox even allows you to play songs on your iPod while using the navigation. The connector only works with 30-pin iPods as of December 2012; it's not compatible with or adaptable to the Lightning Connector introduced in late 2012.
Even though you can use iTunes or your iPhone to play MP3 files in your media players, you cannot use that file format for ringtones; ringtones on the iPhone use the M4R file extension. It is a similar file format to the M4A file extension iTunes uses to convert CDs into files for your iPod or iPhone, so much so that you can rename M4A files to M4R files and they still work on Apple devices. You can convert an MP3 to an iPhone ringtone manually using iTunes, or you can use a third-party converter.
The iPod Touch has been called the "iPhone without the Phone." The devices are similar in size, weight and appearance. They can perform most of the same functions, run the same version of iOS and run the same apps. However, there are some differences in the hardware, beyond the inability of the iPod Touch to make phone calls.
High-end MP3 players have capabilities that go well beyond simply playing back your favorite media files. Many models, including Apple's iconic iPod and its competitors, have standard or optional software that enables them to act as the digital equivalent of a tape recorder. This can be handy for use as a voice recorder for reminders and personal memos, for maintaining a record of business meetings, or for recording live music or podcasts. In some cases the MP3 player's internal microphone is adequate, while other uses require an external microphone.
Even the most versatile MP3 players, like the ones manufactured by Philips, might crash or freeze. In fact, all MP3 players may occasionally require repair. You should not open the device, as do so voids its warranty. However, simple fixes are possible. There are basically two ways to fix a Phillips MP3 player: reset it physically or reset it using the Songbird software. If the Philips MP3 player can't be repaired, you should consider buying a new one.
SanDisk makes a number of Sansa portable media players that you can use to listen to your favorite MP3 tracks while you're on the move. When you tire of a particular song or want to free space for new music, you can delete items directly from the device or remove them with your PC. Only some models of the SanDisk Sansa support direct deletion from the device; these are the Clip, Clip+, Clip Zip, View, Fuze, Fuze+, e200v2 and c200v2. For all other Sansa media players, connect the device to the computer to delete MP3 music tracks.
If you're shopping for a new iPod that plays songs and videos without all the extra apps found on the iPod Touch, both the iPod Nano and iPod Classic have plenty to offer. At first glance, you will find the Nano is much smaller than the Classic, is about $100 less expensive, and offers a touch-screen display instead of a click wheel. The Classic, while still quite compact, is a real multimedia workhorse, capable of storing just about every video, song or photo you have.
It's a fact of life that even electronic portable devices at some point need a power cord, at least for charging. Should you lose the power cord for your portable CD player, all is not lost. Most portable CD players use one of three types of cords, including those from car chargers. Acquiring the right power cord for your CD players gets the batteries charged and unit back in action.
While the best-known MP3 player is Apple's iconic iPod, other manufacturers such as Trio, Eclipse and SanDisk also produce dedicated media players. Each model comes with apps or instructions for filling it with music, but most players can be loaded in one of three ways: with iTunes, with Windows Media Player or as a drive mounted on your computer. If you have an advanced device such as an iPod Touch, you may also download music directly onto the device.
While most MP3 players provide internal storage space, a player's expansion capabilities are often just as important as its native storage capacity. MP3 players with small amounts of internal storage essentially limit users to one type of medium. But with the extra room on a flash memory card, such as a Secure Digital (SD) card or its MultiMediaCard (MMC) predecessor, you'll have space to archive an array of media formats on your MP3 player. Another benefit offered by memory cards is that if your MP3 player is damaged beyond repair, you can use your memory cards in another player. Learn what to look for when shopping for a memory card and make the best purchase for your budget and MP3 player.
If your iPod Touch becomes unresponsive, displaying only a blank white screen -- nicknamed the white screen of death -- you have three options to get it running again. First, you should try simply restarting the iPod. If this doesn't work, resetting it may solve the problem. Your last option is to restore its settings. Restoring settigns essentially wipes the iPod Touch clean and returns it to the same settings it had when you first opened the box. If you did a backup, you can usually get back all of your data. If not, you will have to reinstall your apps and music, however, photos, email and other personal items will be lost.
Sony produces an extensive line of Walkman MP3 and music players that enable you to listen to your favorite music while exercising, traveling or just hanging out at the house. Using the earbuds or headphones included with a Sony Walkman MP3 player, you can listen to your favorite tunes and enjoy reasonably high fidelity and sound levels. However, if you want to share music from your Walkman with others, or if you don’t want to be tied to your headphones, you can connect the device to a stereo receiver and stream music from the music player over your home speakers just as you would from your CD player or television.
Today's MP3 music players provide our daily personal soundtracks, getting us through long commutes, workouts and tedious workaday tasks. Primary causes for interruption in MP3 player operation include dead batteries, moisture intrusion and locked-up software. If you have an older MP3 player you want to resurrect or if your current unit exhibits problems with staying operable, there are steps you can take to get the music flowing once again.
Video-capable digital cameras and smartphones are smaller, easier to use and more affordable than ever. Consequently, using these devices to create video memories of people you meet and spur of the moment events is something someone without any video camera experience can do. Once you capture videos on your camera or phone you may want to share them with others on the Internet or store them on your PC for safekeeping. However, because no two cameras or phones are the same, the methods used to transfer videos to a computer also differ. Nevertheless, moving video from your portable device to a PC is usually relatively simple and takes only a few minutes.
To sync all music to your iPod, you must connect your iPod to your computer and use iTunes to sync your music library. This connection uses the supplied USB cable to physically connect the iPod. By default, iTunes is configured to automatically sync all music, but if you previously changed these settings, you can change them back through iTunes. Doing so allows your entire music library to sync with your iPod automatically after connecting the device and opening iTunes.
The diminutive iPod nano is a touchscreen unit that conveniently carries select content and playlists. The iPod nano displays various types of data with a few taps, including artist and track content, photos, Nike+ workout data and more. You can even change the clock face to create a virtual watch, then snap your nano into one of the many device-specific watchbands on the market. Learning to access the variety of content available from the nano quickly makes the device that much more useful.
Exhibiting many of the same styling cues, the iPhone and iPod Nano are not devices that are meant to replace one another. While the interface on both devices remains distinctly Apple, there are enough differences between the two devices to warrant purchase of both.
In addition to creating and syncing playlists from iTunes, you can build a custom playlist directly on your iPod Nano, iPod Classic or iPod Touch. Some iPod models allow you to add entire albums to a playlist, while others allow you to add only individual songs. The process to create a playlist on the device also varies depending on the iPod model and generation. If you’re using an older iPod, consult the user manual for exact instructions.
An MP3 player full of your favorite songs can be a thing of joy, but when it gets too full, you may want to remove some of the less-popular music to make room for the latest hits. Each MP3 player has a different amount of available storage space, and if you don't keep an eye on the amount of space you are using, you may get an unpleasant surprise the next time you attempt to add another song or two to a playlist. You can remove content from some players, such as the Zune, either on your computer or on the device itself. Other players, such as most iPod models, do not allow you to remove content from the device directly.
Whether your original portable media player is an iPod, a Sansa MP3 player or a Coby MP3 player, you can transfer your music collection to a new device by using your PC. With the exception of the iPod, most MP3 players allow you to copy music to a PC using Windows Explorer. If you want to transfer music from an iPod, use a free third-party desktop application such as MediaMonkey or SharePod.
Each iPod you sync to iTunes offers you the chance to perform an automatic or manual sync. These options provide you with the flexibility to have iTunes manage your device's content, or for you to take the reins at each sync. Apple does not allow syncing to multiple machines. If you want to ensure your iPod's music files stay on board while syncing to a restored or new computer, you need to manually manage your music at least the first time. The process is the same for any iPod model.
The pioneering iPod Touch was Apple's first media consumption device. Many people still use it as a music player, video player and photo album. The iPod Touch makes it easy to manage your photos by organizing them into albums. At one time, you could create albums only using iTunes on your computer. Now you can make albums directly on the iPod Touch.
A typical CD-ROM can hold 12 or 13 tracks of music, but will hold 650 MB or more of data; MP3 files for high sample rate audio files will be in the realm of 3 to 10 MB. If you're looking to maximize the amount of music you store per disk, an MP3 CD is an effective way to do it. Plus, you can assemble custom playlists and make your own music mix to share with your friends. Most CD players made in the last several years can play MP3s as well.
Since its introduction in 2001, the Apple iPod has become one of the most popular brands of personal music player. The iPod can hold thousands of songs and other media. A touch screen model called the iPod Touch was released in 2007. The iPod Touch can be located if it is lost or stolen through the Find My iPod feature. After the feature is enabled, an owner can track his lost iPod Touch from a computer or another iOS device.
You can restore an iPod Touch, just as you can an iPhone or iPad, using iTunes, or iCloud. If you want to restore your iPod Touch to its factory default settings, either method works equally well. If you want to restore your apps and settings, you should use whichever has the most complete recent back up. Using iTunes to restore the device can be a lot faster than using iCloud, particularly if you have a slow Wi-Fi network. It can also be expensive if your Internet provider charges extra for large bandwidth usage per month. Of course, using iCloud has the benefit of being wireless and can be used if your computer is not close at hand.
In addition to being a music and video player, the iPhone Touch allows you to surf the Internet just like the iPhone. Although the iPod Touch looks almost identical to the more expensive Apple iPhone, there are a couple of important differences. For example, the iPhone allows you to connect to the Web via a wireless phone carrier's cellular network. However, with the iPod Touch, you must connect to the Internet using a wireless connection through a Wi-Fi router.
ITunes is Apple's ubiquitous multimedia manager and it allows you to categorize and store music, movies and other media files. Syncing your iPod with iTunes ensures your favorite playlists and songs are within arm's reach, no matter where you go. ITunes also works with many third-party MP3 players, although the music file requirements may be different for these players than for an iPod.
A significant benefit of syncing your iPod with the iTunes multimedia management software on your computer is the built-in restore function. This allows you to unformat your device from its current setup and status, restore it to factory condition and then sync the device with a previous backup, if desired. Restoring is available for all models in the iPod range. ITunes is free to download and use and is compatible with all models of iPod.
In the days of film cameras, every photo you took cost money. Today, however, the primary cost of a digital picture is its storage space. While a one-terabyte hard drive may store your entire photo library without complaint, your iPod touch has considerably less space. Whether you're in need of space for more music or just want to ditch that last photo you took, it makes sense to delete pictures you don't want.
With your iPod or iPod Touch, you carry your daily soundtrack in your pocket each day. You may occasionally discover certain songs that don't deserve inclusion in your carefully curated playlists. Removing this music from the iPod or iPod Touch is accomplished through iTunes or directly from the unit itself. Occasional pruning of your musical content is a great way to fill your iPod with only the best of your collection.
Without syncing your important data to your iPod, it's nothing more than a compact and stylish paperweight. IPods offer multiple methods to sync with iTunes, getting your contacts, music and contacts on-board. All iPod models can use a dock connector for syncing, but the Wi-Fi enabled iPod Touch also syncs over your wireless network or via iCloud.
Your iPod revolves around the content you sync to it. Music comprises the majority of content in many iPods, which is synced to the device in two primary ways. You transfer music to your iPod or iPod touch using a conventional dock cable or over iCloud. Learning to sync your iDevice to iTunes is critical to maximizing its functionality and keeping your personal soundtrack with you at all times.
Whether you're on the go or just kicking back and relaxing, listening to music can relax or motivate you like few things can. The SanDisk Sansa series of MP3 and video players lets you listen to your favorite music virtually anywhere without disturbing others. With a Sansa player's internal memory drive, Windows detects and configures it when you connect the player to a PC, making adding new music from your computer relatively simple. However, adding tracks from your favorites CDs to Sansa player requires a few additional steps.
Apple's iPod, whether using flash memory or a hard drive, categorizes its content into folders. Some owners use their iPods as external hard drives, storing music and other file types on board. Navigating iPod music folders with Apple's Finder on your computer is a good way to locate content iTunes can't find. Using Finder to navigate iPod folders also allows you to explore the device's musical content for importing files to iTunes if you need to restore lost content after a hard drive crash. Since music files are typically hidden, you'll have to make them appear with Terminal.
Portable MP3 players serve up our daily soundtrack. Their generally small form factor and high capacity encourages us to slide it in our pocket every time we leave the house. Heavy-use portable electronics are exposed to daily hazards, water potentially being the most damaging. Forgetting to remove the player before hopping in the pool, dropping it in the bathroom sink or spilling a drink on it can spell death to the device. Quick action and proven methods can save waterlogged MP3 players, but time is of the essence.
Like other MP3 players, the SanDisk Sansa series of music and video players lets you listen to your music while on the go. With their easy-to-use control interfaces, Sansa players let you add, change or delete tracks in a playlist quickly. However, there might be times when you want to lock the player so that you don’t stop playback or change the current track inadvertently -- like when exercising or jogging. Locking a Sansa player ensures that music plays continuously even if you touch controls on the face of the unit accidentally. To make changes to a queued play list or stop playback on a Sansa with the controls disabled, you must first unlock the player manually.
Modern laptops with Wi-Fi adapters, Bluetooth connections and Fast Ethernet adapters allow you to download videos online from just about anywhere. If you download a lot of videos, though, your laptop’s performance may suffer a bit as the clips begin to fill up your hard drive. Regardless of the size of your laptop's hard drive, it doesn’t take long to fill it up with large video files. Free up some space – and improve your laptop's performance in the process – by uploading or saving videos you don’t watch often to an optical disc, external drive or even transferring them to another mobile device.
Converting an MP4 to an MP3 can provide you with an audio version of your video at about one-sixth the file size. You can choose from a variety of software solutions to perform the conversion, including online tools and desktop applications, ranging in price from around $65 to free.
Many portable media players, CD players and DVD players support the popular MP3 file format. However, there are also many other audio formats such as WAV, Apple Lossless and Ogg Vorbis and no device supports every format. If you have a player that only supports the MP3 format, you can export an audio file in a different format on your computer using free software.
The Apple iPod is the best-selling personal music player of all time. More than 300 million iPod devices were sold in the 10-year period between 2001 and 2011. One of the many factors that contributed to the record-setting sales of the iPod is the "autosync" feature, which makes it easy for users to keep a device synchronized with their latest music and videos. After autosync is set up, an iPod owner does not need to manually load new media onto the unit.
Creating custom playlists for your portable MP3 player is a great way to make any trip or workout go by faster. Importing these playlists to your portable device is most efficiently done using the software associated with the player. Once complete, the playlist can be modified by adding more music, or automatically with the software monitoring how often you play certain songs.
The Calendar app is installed as part of the iOS on your iPod Touch and enables you to record appointments and events to help you remember important things and organize your time. You can add alerts and set up repeat events. For example, you can set your weekly piano lessons as a repeat event and receive a reminder each week. If you no longer take piano lessons, you can quickly get rid of the repeat event by accessing it in Calendar's Edit menu.
An MP3 player is a personal music device, though you can connect yours to a stereo amplifier and entertain a roomful of guests. This economical arrangement can provide hours of uninterrupted enjoyment of the music of your choice. The player's headphone jack has a standard stereo connector that mates with a cable adapter. One side of the adapter connects to the player's jack; the other fits into your amplifier's inputs.
The iPod is an increasingly ubiquitous device in the hands, pockets and purses of millions around the world. Like any electronic device, the iPod is subject to malfunction and damage. Apple recommends specific steps you can take to alleviate minor glitches, solve poor sound issues and keep your iPod up and running as expected.
Some iPod models include a display screen that shows album artwork for each song as it plays. If you don't like the picture, customize it for any song using images on your computer or pictures from your favorite website using iTunes to make this change. Once you customize the pictures in iTunes, sync your iPod to ensure your album artwork changes appear on your device the next time you use your iPod to play some music.
All iPods, with the exception of the iPod Shuffle, can display your music alphabetically by song titles, grouped by artists or albums, as well as in playlists you create yourself on the iPod or in iTunes. If you use the Calendar or Contacts app on an iPod Touch or iPod Classic, you can manage their groups on your computer and then sync the iPod with the computer. The iPod Touch allows you to manage how your apps are grouped together, either by changing where they appear on the home screen or by putting groups of apps into folders.
Hooking up an MP3 player to your vehicle's stereo system is not usually complicated and is an inexpensive way to bring all of your favorite songs with you on the road. It's important to properly secure the MP3 player with a car mount, as a loose device hanging from a cable can be a serious distraction should you need to stop quickly or turn a sharp corner. There are many mounts and adapters to choose from. Some mount on your console or hang from an air vent. Universal models use a suction cup to mount the MP3 player on the windshield or dashboard.
Over time, a client may move, change his phone number or switch jobs. By keeping your address book organized and up to date, you maintain connections with clients and run an efficient business. One of the major benefits of keeping a business contact list on your iPod Touch is the ability to freely edit, add or delete information without having to use a computer application, such as iTunes. When editing a contact’s information, use the Notes field to describe your connection with specific clients. Using notes can help you maintain a friendly and professional relationship a client.
MP3 player firmware consists of a string of computer code embedded on the micro-controller in your player. This code string forwards your instructions to the unit to play a song, fast forward, rewind and turn the unit on and off. Firmware can also affect features such as battery life or the types of files you device can play, in addition to MP3s. From time to time, product manufacturers like Apple, SanDisk and Memorex add to or change the MP3 player firmware code to improve performance, fix bugs or add features. This new firmware code needs to be uploaded to your player before any changes can take effect. Each manufacturer has a slightly different method of accomplishing this upgrade process.
Using Apple Genius, you can create playlists automatically on your iPod based on the information contained in your music library. To use Genius, you must first enable it in iTunes and then sync your iPod with iTunes. After that, you can create a Genius playlist on your iPod Touch, iPod Nano or iPod Classic automatically without resyncing the device. If you have an iPod Shuffle, you can't create playlists on the device directly, but you can still create a Genius playlist in iTunes and then sync it with your iPod Shuffle.
If you have an iPod but a lot of your music is on CDs, you'll want to transfer the CD music onto the more portable device. For Windows PC users, the Windows Media Player can convert CD tracks into MP3 files. The process is knowing as "ripping," and the Media Player has a function designed specifically to accomplish this operation. While you can use your computer for other tasks while converting a CD, you have to keep changing the CDs in your computer's optical drive to convert your whole collection. When you're finished, you'll have all the songs from your CDs stored in a folder on your computer in MP3 format, ready to download to your iPod.
When Apple released its first iPod in 2001, it played music and did nothing else. However, today's iPod Touch allows you to do just as much as a basic computer, allowing you to surf the Web, send email, balance a spreadsheet and play video games. Add accessories like speakers and an external keyboard, and download a few apps to customize your iPod Touch so that it essentially turns into a mini PC.
Delete the entire contents of your iPod by restoring your device to its original factory settings using iTunes on your computer. You can also delete all of the contents or only a few of the items by selecting them manually on your iPod or through your iTunes account. If you delete the contents as a last resort because your iPod is acting quirky and you have tried everything else, wait before restoring your data files until you are sure the restore solved the problem.
The most common way to copy pictures from your desktop PC to an Apple iPod is by syncing folders or libraries through Apple's iTunes program. This free program is included with your iPod and automates photo transfer. However, most iPods also allow a second method of photo transfer through iTunes' Disk Copy feature. This feature turns your iPod into a storage device that is accessible through Windows Explorer and enables direct copying of photos. All versions of iPod can use this feature except for the iPod Touch, which must rely on syncing through iTunes.
Like any USB device that shares data with your computer, it's important to safely eject an iPod before physically disconnecting it from the USB cable. This ensures the computer is finished transferring any data to the iPod before giving you the go-ahead to pull the plug and prevents possible damage to the files. The process can be done a couple of different ways and each requires only a couple of clicks of the mouse. Failure to safely eject your iPod could leave you with corrupted files and may even make your iPod unplayable.
You can use the camera on your iPod Touch to take VGA-quality photos and store them on the device, but you can also transfer high-quality photos from your computer to the iPod, where you can view them at any time, anywhere, on the device's 3.5-inch LED-backlit display. Use the free iTunes software to upload photos to the iPod; no third-party applications are needed. The process is straightforward and takes just a few minutes of your time.
An MP3 tag, or ID3, is a metadata container that enables you to store information -- such as title, album and artist name and track number -- about the MP3 file in the file itself. MP3 tags enable you to quickly find tracks and albums and find relevant information about each audio file in your playlist. Most MP3s have tags embedded, but some don't. To solve this issue, you can easily get tag information from the Web, using Windows Media Player.
The MP3 format is a compressed audio format widely used on portable media devices. The AC3 format is functionally a surround sound format. You may choose to convert an MP3 file to AC3 if your music listening primarily takes place on a surround sound system or if you wish to edit the file from stereo to multichannel.
When you purchase music from the iTunes Store or download it from various websites, the tracks can sometimes be assigned arbitrary genres. Editing the track genres in iTunes and then syncing iTunes with your iPod to implement the changes on the device enables you to keep the tracks organized on your iPod. Editing genres in iTunes and implementing the changes on your iPod takes just a few minutes.
If you stop interacting with your iPod Touch for a certain amount of time, you may find that the device's screen automatically turns off and the device becomes locked. This is due to the iPod Touch's autolock feature, which turns off the screen to save conserve battery life and prevent accidental activation of the device. Sometimes, you may be in a situation where you don't want to feature to operate – for example, you might use the iPod to view a schematic while you work on a computer. The iPod Touch includes a basic setting that will let you turn off the autolocking feature.
One of the unfortunate truths about computers is that sometimes, things just stop working. That's why it's always prudent to keep multiple copies of programs and files that are important to you. If you use your computer for business, you might need to start by backing up your full hard drive and then updating your backups on a daily or weekly basis. At home, backing up can be as simple as copying a few music files or photos to a USB stick. Whatever your backup needs, there's a portable device to meet them.
With the proliferation of modern smartphones and their built-in functionality as music players, it's important to know how to download music to these devices. Smartphones such as the iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Phone all have dedicated apps linking you to music, which you can download directly to your phone. The download methods vary slightly from one phone model to another, but the result is a personalized collection of your favorite tunes in the palm of your hand.
When you add music, movies, pictures, apps and documents to your iPod Touch, it's helpful to know just how much space is available on the device. The fourth generation of the iPod Touch comes in 8GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, but knowing your device's overall capacity is only part of the story. The iPod's total storage capacity is the entire amount of memory in the device, while the device's available capacity is the amount of free space that you have left to use.
Hosting MP3 files once required a high-capacity Web server with enough bandwidth to share out multi-megabyte files to several users at once. Today, thanks to the prevalence of cloud-based file sharing applications, you can host music files with nothing but a good Internet connection. While the technology of cloud-based file sharing is fairly standard, the available services use slightly different business models and user interfaces. With a bit of digging you can find the service with the features you need.
Knowing how to take screenshots of your iPod Touch can come in handy if you want to show someone how to perform a task, save a screenshot of a Web page or show off your new high score on Angry Birds. Taking a screenshot is a simple process that is documented in the iPod Touch User Guide, but it is one of those small tricks many people never learn.
Apple's ubiquitous iPod Touch is the sole iPod model that can access the Internet through a Wi-Fi connection. Possessing this capability, the iPod Touch can browse websites through the native Safari Web browser or other browser apps accessible from the App Store. Using an iPod Touch to browse the Internet adds a layer of convenience with access to maps, information about artists in your music collection, news and other data.
Except for phone, 3G network access and GPS features, the iPod Touch offers virtually all the connectivity and functionality of the Apple iPhone. The iPod Touch connects with the Internet through Wi-Fi connections. The iPod Touch is compatible with all standard 802.11 b/g wireless networks as well as the 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi protocol. While the iPod Touch cannot access the Internet from anywhere -- unlike the iPhone, which has cellular capabilities -- you can connect the device to the Web whenever the unit is within range of a wireless router or a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The MPEG Audio Layer III file format revolutionized the music industry in the 1990s by allowing consumers to "rip" tracks from audio CDs and compress them, greatly reducing their size. The MP3 format has since become the de facto standard for music distribution, and portable MP3 players have been developed to allow consumers to take their music anywhere. You don't need to be a computer expert to use MP3 players, and they have several clear-cut advantages over portable CD players. However, the higher audio quality of CDs has prevented them from becoming obsolete.