How to Configure an iPod: 5 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Your iPod has all your music and apps nestled in your pocket, but can it do more? Yes, it can. You can use your iPod as a personal assistant, soup up your music experience, make your iPod into a portable hard drive and even use it as a phone and texting device, if you're so inclined.


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    Living in the iCloud: Your iPod can keep you connected to tunes, sure, but it can also keep you connected to your life. In the Settings, you can add email accounts as well as subscribe to multiple calendars so that you stay up to date with everything that's going on in your life. If you've backed up your previous iPod or iPhone content to the free iCloud service, you can log in from your current iPod and get all that information downloaded automatically including your music, books, photos, documents and a backup of your iPod's contents. Among the great tricks you can perform with iCloud is to synchronize browser tabs between all your devices and to have one set of passwords that you can use to log in everywhere, so you won't have to keep track of all that stuff when you're on the go or at your computer.
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    Double Duty: If you've got important files that you need to move from one computer to another, you can use your iPod as a portable hard drive. With the iPod connected to your computer and iTunes running, you can look at the iPod's summary and tick the box to Enable Disk Use. This feature enables the iPod to appear on your computer just like an external drive. You can copy files to and from it and move them around to other machines. Don't forget to use your computer's software to eject the iPod when you're done to make sure that files aren't caught in limbo when you unplug it from the computer.
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    Music Management Like a Pro:It's true that iTunes does a fair job of managing the music on your iPod, but if you want to get in and manually adjust which songs are where on your iPod, you can use the iTunes setting Manually Manage Music and Videos. This prevents iTunes from automatically updating your iTunes library whenever you connect the iPod to your computer, so you can keep only the files you want on your iPod instead of everything you have on your computer. So if you listen to podcasts on your computer but you don't want those going on tour with you on the iPod, you can adjust that as you want. If you have the Manually Manage Music and Video feature enabled, your iPod will show up as an external drive with all the benefits and risks.
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    Pump up the Jams: Any old iPod can play music -- that's what they were born to do -- but if you want, you can use your iPod as an impromptu karaoke machine. If you add the lyrics to your songs in iTunes and sync your iTunes library to your iPod, you can then display the lyrics as you're playing the song. Sing along, have fun. Just don't wake the neighbors.
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    Faux Phone: If you use a Wi-Fi based texting or voice over internet protocol calling service, your iPod can do almost everything an iPhone can do. There aren't cellular radios in an iPod, but you can use the Wi-Fi connection to use services like Skype and Google Voice to make phone calls and text messages via the Internet instead of a cell network. You can pair a bluetooth headset to your iPod and even use a portable Wi-Fi hot spot to take the show on the road. While it might not be as convenient as a full-fledged iPhone, it's often much less expensive.

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