Remarkably I've never used an iPod, but was recently given a used one. No idea how old it is and no idea how to find out. I'd like to move some audio files to it and listen to them. That's the problem, how do I do that? The solution is not obvious, at least to me. The guy who gave it to me said it works perfectly well, but is not readily available to enlighten me.
I'm using Lion on my Mac, (10.7.4). I have iTunes 10.6.1 (7). I've Googled how to move files to the iPod and came up with this Apple instruction page which is probably accurate — Apple's instructions: The web page shows a "Devices" category in iTunes, but my iTunes doesn't show any "Devices".
I've fully charged the iPod until the screen shows a fully charged battery icon. Then I plugged the iPod into my Mac with the USB cable. Now the iPod shows a "Do not disconnect" message on its screen. The message continues even when I disconnect the iPod from the Mac.
Have I told you enough to give you a sense of what's required to get out of this impasse?
With kind regards,
It appears to be an "iPod (click wheel)," 20Gb monochrome 2004-2007 model, 2 3/8" x 4" x 1/2", white plastic front, metal back, probably aluminum. Along the top is a headphones icon, then a tiny slot with two tiny recessed prongs, then a circular earphone jack which my earphones slip into easily, then the word "hold", then a horizontal sliding button revealing white on the left when slid to the right and red on the right when slid to the left.
More than enough memory for my purposes, if I can get it to work. Where do we go from here?
Sometimes when a device shows "fully charged" it's on a practically empty battery, but it's "full." Leaving it plugged in for a while on occasion triggers better behaviour. Might not be the case here but worth a try if not already attempted.
It might need to stay plugged in for a while to take a charge, if it will.
You can replace the battery in it.
btw the 20GB "Clickwheel" white model was my first iPod. It worked very well when I sold it after some years. Sigh.
Urekka! Left the iPod plugged in to my Mac overnight. When I booted the Mac this morning the first thing I saw was a dialogue saying the iPod was synced to another Mac. Did I want to reformat it and sync it to this Mac. An hour later it's filled the iPod (much larger collection than 20Gbs). Now I need to get this iPod empty again and figure out how to upload the specific spoken voice tracks I want to listen to.
Will post additional questions here later. Thanks for everyone's help. ehmac.ca is such an excellent real world forum! Appreciated.