iPod Anatomy: Introduction
Your iPod is designed to be easy to use so you can enjoy more play time than fuss—you won't find multitudes of buttons, confusing menu navigation, or weird control combinations to learn. Plus, all iPods pair perfectly with iTunes, allowing you to have total control over your music and more.
If you haven't already explored every nook and cranny of your iPod, this is a good place to start. The following lessons introduce you to the physical attributes of various iPod models—as well as the beauty within (in the form of menus)—and their operational aspects too. And don't forget to register your iPod with us too (please note that your warranty coverage is not contingent on product registration)—just head over to Apple Product Registration and feed the pages your iPod details (to learn how to find your iPod serial number, see this article). Please put your sales receipt in a safe place. You will need it for warranty validation.
Lesson 1: The Lay of the Land—If you haven't got a clue what that round thing, slider thing, or itty-bitty hole is, get the visual guide to every attribute on your iPod. Find out what each exterior control and feature is and how to use it.
Lesson 2: What's on the Menu?—If you've got an iPod with a display, this lesson takes you through each menu that appears on your iPod screen, explains what each section does, and outlines the flow to help you get familiar with the navigation.
Lesson 3: Charging the Battery—Exploring menus, playing tunes, and viewing photos can only be enjoyed as long as your iPod battery is still kicking. Find out how to charge your iPod battery and get tips for optimizing its life too.
Lesson 4: Installing and Updating Software—One of the smartest things you can do is make sure you have the latest iPod and iTunes software—not only for optimal performance, but for acquiring some new features too. Find out how to install software the first time, connect your iPod to your computer, and update the software on your iPod.
Lesson 5: Which Files Work with iPod and iTunes—Audio files aren't the only types of files that iPod and iTunes can play. Depending on your iPod model, you may be able to play videos and photos too. Learn which file formats work with each iPod model and iTunes.
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