Uploading Music to iPod Nano

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The first step for uploading music to iPod Nano is to download iTunes from Apple.

A Little About the iPod Nano

The iPod Nano is smaller than the iPod Classic, measuring at 2 ¾ inches tall and ¼ of an inch wide and weighs a mere 1.74 ounces. The Nano comes is offered an 4GB (around 1,000 song capacity) and 8GB (about a 2,000 song capacity) size. The LCD screen on the iPod Nano is two inches wide, only ½ an inch smaller than the iPod Classic. The biggest draw to the iPod Nano is perhaps the fact that is less expensive than the iPod Classic and twice as cheap as the iPod Touch. Uploading music to all Apple products remains are one through iTunes, the online music store owned by Apple.

Steps for Uploading Music to iPod Nano

The first thing you must do before you can start uploading songs to your Nano is download the latest version of iTunes. Here's how to do it:

  1. Go to the iTunes website - On the far right corner of the screen you will see a "Download iTunes" tab, click it. You will then be taken to a different page where you will have to enter your email address, do so and then click the "Download iTunes" tab again.
  2. Follow the prompts on the following screens to finish installing iTunes on your computer.
  3. Choose the "Yes, take me to the iTunes store" - This option will appear on the final screen, click it to begin searching for songs you want to upload on your Nano. If your iPod Nano isn't already plugged into your computer, plug it in at this time. iTunes will automatically recognize your iPod.
  4. Search for the songs you want to download. Type in the name of the artist you want to hear in the "Search iTunes Store" box. Once the search is complete, you will are taken to a screen that lists the artist's albums and songs.
  5. Click on the song of your choice to upload music to your iPod Nano.

Uploading Music to iPod Nano from CD

If have music you want to upload to your iPod from a CD, here is how to do it:

  1. Sign into your iTunes account
  2. Plug in your iPod Nano - iTunes will recognize your Nano once it's plugged in and an icon will appear on your iTunes homepage.
  3. Insert the CD you want to upload - Once the CD is running, the songs will appear in your iTunes library.
  4. Drag and drop the songs from the CD onto your Nano.

Using Peer to Peer (P2P) File Sharing Sites

It is never recommended that you use illegal websites like Limewire and Bearshare. If you don't want to pay the price of uploading songs to your iPod Nano through iTunes and choose a P2P site, do so at your own risk. Here are the two major problems to using a P2P program:

  • It's illegal - Music from iTunes has Digital Rights Media (DRM) protection software that protects the copyrights of those that own the music. DRM protection software has come under heavy fire, but in the end, it is a necessary tool in ensuring that the creators and copyright holders of the music get paid. P2P programs are free because they don't contain DRM software, meaning uploading songs from these sites violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Recording Industry Association of America has prosecuted many users of these P2P programs.
  • Virus threat - By using a P2P program you also risk permanent damage to your iPod Nano and your computer through viruses. Once your computer gets a virus, there is little you can do except for using your recovery disc to reformat your computer back to its factory settings. When you have to reformat back to these original settings, you lose everything on you computer, this means, all documents, pictures and programs are erased.

A Final Word About Uploading Music

Uploading music to your iPod Nano legally is the safest route for your iPod, your computer and you. The RIAA seems to prosecute P2P users randomly so you never know if the next person is going to be you.

Uploading Music to iPod Nano