How Do I Connect an iPod to Another Account?

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How Do I Connect an iPod to Another Account?
Connect your iPod to a secondary computer by enabling manual mode in iTunes. (Earphones on Purple image by JJAVA from

Although automatic synchronisation on your iPod prevents you from connecting your iPod to a different computer, manual mode allows you to add content from several different computers when it is connected to iTunes. Manual mode requires you to manually disconnect your iPod from iTunes each time you connect it to a computer, and is useful if your iTunes library is larger than the amount of space available on the iPod. Content cannot be transferred from the iPod to the alternative computer unless it is an iTunes purchase and the alternative computer is authorised for transferring using your iTunes account.

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Things you need

  • iPod cable
  • iTunes 7.6 or later

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  1. 1

    Launch iTunes on your PC or Macintosh computer, and plug the iPod's cable into the docking port on the iPod.

  2. 2

    Plug the opposite end of the cable into the computer's USB port. Click the tab with your iPod's name on it in the iTunes' window, and click the empty box next to "Manually manage music and videos."

  3. 3

    Click "Apply" in the bottom-right corner of iTunes, and click the "Eject" button by the iPod tab.

  4. 4

    Unplug the USB cable from your primary computer. Insert the USB cable into the USB port on the alternative computer and launch iTunes.

  5. 5

    Drag content from the secondary computer's iTunes library to the iPod tab in the iTunes' window to add it to the iPod.

  6. 6

    Click "Store" on the iTunes' menu and click "Authorize Computer" from the sub-menu. Enter your iTunes or AOL e-mail address in the "Apple ID" and "Password" field, and click "Authorize."

  7. 7

    Click "File" on the iTunes' menu and click "Transfer Purchases" to copy purchased content from the iPod to the computer. Click the "Eject" button next to the iPod tab to manually disconnect the iPod.

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