How to Autosync an iPod: 13 Steps - MakeSureHow
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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.


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    Autosyncing With iTunes: Connect the iPod to the computer using the included USB cable. Launch the Apple iTunes software.
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    Select "iPod" from the list of devices on the left side of the iTunes screen. Choose the "Music" tab at the top of the main iTunes window.
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    Check the box marked "Sync Music." Choose the option labeled "Entire music library" to synchronize all available music or click "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres" to load only some types of music. Select the media from the categories on the screen.
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    Confirm that the iPod has enough free space to hold all the selected music. Click "Apply" when ready. The computer transfers the requested music to the iPod.
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    Click the tab marked "Movies" on the top of the iTunes screen. Check "Sync Movies" to enable synchronization for this type of file. Select which movies you would like to include.
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    Click "Automatically Include" if you would like to also sync only the newest movies. From the drop-down menu, choose how many new movies to include. For example, select "3 Most Recent" to automatically load the three newest movies from iTunes.
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    Select the tabs for "TV Shows," "Podcasts," and "iTunes U" if you would like to synchronize these file types. Check the main "Sync" button at the top of each screen and fine tune your selections from the screens' choices.
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    Click "Apply" at the bottom of the iTunes screen to save your changes. Now each time you connect your iPod to your computer, iTunes will autosync media to your iPod, following the settings you entered.
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    Autosyncing With iCloud: Tap the "Settings" button on the iPod Touch Home screen. Click "iCloud."
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    Enter the Apple ID username and password you use with the iPod. Click "Next," and check the option marked "Use iCloud."
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    Return to the "iCloud" section that shows the different types of media that can be synced. Toggle the desired media types to "On" to enable auto synchronization. For example, you can choose to synchronize Notes by checking the corresponding box.
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    Tap "Storage and Backup" near the bottom of the screen. This enables iCloud to automatically keep data backed up online.
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    Enable automatic download for new media purchases. Click "Store" from the "Settings" menu. Toggle each of the "Music," "Apps" and "Books" categories to enable autosync for each corresponding item. Future store purchases on any of your Apple devices using the same Apple ID will download automatically to the iPod.


  • ICloud requires iOS 5 or newer.

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