My new (second) mom and dad (Maria's Parents) both got iPods for Christmas this year (actually, dad's was won in a raffle months ago, but they just got a computer with a working USB port..)
I thought I'd put this together for reference, beyond the typical, 'setup your iPod, buy from the iTunes store'
Just because you got an iPod, doesn't mean you have to ditch your current collection of CDs
Here's What you do
Open up iTunes and put one of your favorite CDs into your computer. Chances are high that iTunes will start 'ripping' your CDs automatically, if not, click the cd icon and then click 'import'. The default settings are 'pretty good' for not using a lot of space, and keeping good music quality. You can change these in the iTunes settings, under 'Advanced->Importing'
Podcasts are like on-demand radio broadcasts and shows. You can subscribe to exactly what you want, and major players like NPR give out their content for free.
Here's What you Do
First click on the podcast button in iTunes, then click on 'Podcast Directory' Now you've made your way into the realm of podcasts, you can browse and subscribe to as many as you want. After you've subscribed to a few, right click on your iPod icon and change the settings. You want to go to the podcast tab and choose which ones you want on your iPod, typically the newest ones.
You can get a subscription to audible to listen to audio books, or buy one book at a time at a typical rate.
Here's What you do
Buy a book or subscription from them, and there are detailed instructions on how to get them on your iPod or iPhone.
What other tips do you have for using a new iPod to it's fullest? Put them in the comments
11th January 2009
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I'm Issac. I live in Oakland. I make things for fun and money. I use electronics and computers and software. I manage teams and projects top to bottom. I've worked as a consultant, software engineer, hardware designer, artist, technology director and team lead. I do occasional fabrication in wood and plastic and metal. I run a boutique interactive agency with my brother Kasey and a roving cast of experts at Kelly Creative Tech. I was the Director of Technology for Nonchalance during the The Latitude Society project. I was the Lead Web Developer and then Technical Marketing Engineer at Nebula, which made an OpenStack Appliance. I've been building things on the web and in person since leaving Ohio State University's Electrical and Computer engineering program in 2007. Lots of other really dorky things happened to me before that, like dropping out of high school to go to university, getting an Eagle Scout award, and getting 6th in a state-wide algebra competition. I have an affinity for hopscotch.