How to Transfer Music From a CD to an iPod Nano

Pack your digital music collection into a brightly coloured package with Apple's iPod Nano, the only iPod device with a screen that comes in a wide array of vibrant colours. You can build your music collection in a variety of ways, including by ripping songs off of your favourite CDs. Here's how to transfer music from your CDs to your iPod Nano so you can enjoy your CDs anywhere you can take your iPod Nano.

Launch iTunes. Select it from within your Windows PC's "Start" menu, or by double-clicking its icon from within your Mac's "Applications" folder. If you don't have iTunes installed on your computer, you can download it for free from Apple's official website (see Resources).

Insert the CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive. Press the "Import" button. The iTunes software will begin downloading the songs off of the CD. The estimated time to completion will be displayed in the top of the iTunes screen.

Eject the CD. Press the eject icon listed next to the CD in the left-hand side of the iTunes window when the downloading process is complete.

Connect the iPod Nano to your computer using its included USB cable. The iTunes software will automatically begin syncing with the device and will transfer the music you just downloaded from the CD onto your iPod Nano.

Eject the iPod Nano via the iTunes menu when the transfer process is finished. Press the centre button on the iPod Nano's trackpad to access your music and begin listening to your new songs.


Make sure your computer is connected to an active Internet connection if you want iTunes to automatically download the artist name and song titles for the CD you are transferring to your iPod.


Always eject the iPod Nano via the iTunes menu. Removing the iPod while a transfer is in progress can result in damaged or lost data.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes
  • CD
  • iPod Nano
  • iPod USB cable
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