Re: my computer will not even pick up that i have the...
Unfortunately this is a common problem. First your computer may be recognizing it but not pulling up itunes. Check in your My Computer folder to see if it is in there, and if it is, open itunes and go to the file tab and click Sync iPod. If this still doesn't work or the sync iPod isn't selectable you can adjust how the iPod sits on the USB cable (I assume you've already tried this). If is still isn't connecting, you might reset the iPod while it is plugged in. If it sitll isn't connecting you can try restarting your computer without it connected. And if it still isn't connecting, you may try uninstalling itunes. This is going to be a pain because you then have to tell itunes where all your music is again if it doesn't show up in it automatically. You'd do this by going to the file tab again and clicking Ad Folder to Library and then directing it to the folder with your music. And if it STILL doesn't work a restore would be neccesary which reqires it to use iTunes so you might sell it on eBay or Craigslist as broken and put that money towards a new iPod.
These things wear out at a pretty quick rate compared to the price especially if used while moving. Apple doesn't advirtise that but hard drives are expected to fail in about four years. (yours is not a failed hard drive but sounds like a software issue). Flash drives are really the best, like the itouch or any of the nanos, they don't have moving parts and so they don't wear out. If none of this helped, I apologize. I know how frustrating it is that you paid hundreds of dollars for something that is expected to wear out/ be outdated in less than four years.
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Step 1: With iTunes software, iPod users can manage their media libraries, purchase or import new content and synchronize their devices. The software has a number of convenient features, one of which is AutoSync. This feature will cause your iPod to automatically synchronize with iTunes immediately upon connecting the device to your computer. You can also set up iTunes so that you can manually sync your iPod.
Press the "Shift" and "Ctrl" keys on your computer keyboard simultaneously while you connect your iPod to the computer using its USB cord. Mac users will press "CMD + Option" while you connect. Continue to keep the keys pressed down while you monitor the iTunes window. Keep the keys pressed until you notice that Auto-Sync has stopped and your iPod icon has appeared in the Source pane of iTunes. Be patient, as this could take between 5 and 30 seconds. Right-click on the icon for your iPod in the Source pane, and then select "iPod Options." Click to put a check mark in the "Manually manage songs and playlists" check box. This finishes your task and you can now manually synchronize your iPod whenever you wish by simply clicking on the "Sync" button. http://chris.pirillo.com/ipod-tips-and-tricks/
Be sure to connect the charging/sync cable directly to the computer, not a USB hub. Most hubs are don't provide enough power to the usb ports to charge the ipod. If you need a method of charging the ipod while away from the computer connect your sync cable to a device like these: Even the USB port on Apple keyboards is not able to charge the Ipod.
If you're using the computer to charge the Ipod, be sure it stays on, when computers go into sleep or standby modes they stop charging your ipod. You may want to use one of the options below to charge your Ipod when the computer is off or in a different location than the Ipod.
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The iPod was not designed to sync with Windows Media Player; it only syncs with Apple's iTunes software. iTunes is a free program and can be downloaded from Apple's website. As you can imagine, Apple has no real reason to support Windows Media Player - their hardware is designed to work with their software.
There is only one solution I know of for those who prefer Windows Media Player to iTunes. A German company - MGTEK - has come up with a plug-in that allows the iPod to sync with Windows Media Player. The plug-in is not free, but you can try it out for 30 days at no charge. For details and download link, go to http://www.mgtek.com/dopisp/
Well if you bought it off of ebay or some other internet site you might have bought a clone ipod that only syncs with windows media player, but if you bought it from a certified Apple reseller than I dont think I know. goodluck !
Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
and hold the Menu and Center (Select) buttons simultaneously until the
Apple logo appears, about 6 to 8 seconds. You may need to repeat this
Tip: If you are having
difficulty resetting your iPod, set it on a flat surface. Make sure the
finger pressing the Select button is not touching any part of the click
wheel. Also make sure that you are pressing the Menu button toward the
outside of the click wheel, and not near the center. If the above
steps did not work, try connecting iPod to a power adapter and plug the
power adapter into an electrical outlet, or connect iPod to your
computer. Make sure the computer is turned on and isn't set to go to
Try these options i got them from apple when my ipod dident work trying a new port and reinstalling itunes worked for me
1)Reset your iPod.
2)Retry with a different USB or FireWire port.
3)Restart your computer and make sure you have the latest software updates installed.
4)Remove iTunes software and then reinstall iTunes software from latest versions on the web.
5)Restore your iPod. See ?Updating and Restoring iPod Software? in the user's guide.