You'll need iTunes
- the software that Apple
has developed to do this sort of thing. Get it at:http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
Once you've downloaded and installed that, open it up.
Now, you have two options as to how you're going to "sync" your iPod
. ("Sync" means synchronisation - loading the music onto your iPod). There are two ways, automatically and manually.
Automatically is where you have your music library
on your computer. When you plug in your iPod, the computer checks the music library on your iPod and does what it has to do to make the iPod's music library identical to the one on the computer, whether this means deleting things off the iPod or copying music over. This is great if you just want to manage one set of music. You just manage it on your computer, then when you plug your iPod in you don't have to worry about it - the computer just does it. This is the simpler option.
However, this means you need to keep a copy of all your music on your computer - and you can't plug your iPod into any other computer. That's why you can manually manage your iPod. When you manually manage your iPod you drag and drop the music you want on to it - the computer DOESN'T do it automatically. This is good if you don't have much room on your computer, so you can't keep a copy of the music - or if you want to get music off more than one computer.
Plug your iPod in to the USB port of your computer. Follow any prompts that come up you should be presented with a screen under "Devices > Your iPod" (on the left hand side of the screen) that shows your iPod and some information about it (software version
, how much space you've used, etc.)
If you decide to manaully manage your iPod, then there's a tick box towards the bottom of the screen with "Manually Manage my Music". Obviously, tick that if you want to do so.
If you choose to manually manage your music, then you'll need to drag music from wherever (My Computer or from your iTunes library) onto the icon for your iPod. However, if you choose to automatically manage your iPod then sort out your music libray and add the music you want. Then, go to the "File" menu and hit "Sync iPod". The computer also does this automatically whenever you plug the iPod in.
Hope all that helps!