How to use two different ipods in itunes

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How to use two different ipods in itunes
Two music lovers can use each of their iPods with just one computer. (music for two image by Ivanna Buldakova from

Whether you live in a house with multiple people who each have their own iPods, but only one household computer, or you yourself have two different iPod devices, it is easy to upload your library, make playlists or use the iPod in any other capacity for which it has been designed. By following the few simple steps outlined for you below, you can keep both iPods up-to-date and organised with one computer and Apple's iTunes utility.

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    Open the iTunes program on your computer and wait for it to fully load.

  2. 2

    Connect the first iPod by using its USB or FireWire cable and wait for iTunes to recognise the device. When ready, iTunes will display an icon bearing the iPod's name in the "Sources" pane, located on the left-hand margin of the iTunes window.

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    Make any changes or updates you wish to the first iPod. When finished, press the "Eject" button, located toward the lower-right corner of the screen in the iPod menu. Access this menu by clicking the iPod's icon in the "Sources" pane. Once ejected, disconnect the iPod from the computer.

  4. 4

    Connect the second iPod to the computer and follow the same steps you used with the first iPod.

  1. 1

    Create a second iTunes library to use with the second iPod. Press and hold the "Shift" key while you open iTunes.

  2. 2

    Click "Create Library" in the box that appears on the screen and give the library a name that will be easy to associate with the second iPod, such as the name of its owner or the purpose for which it is used, then follow the prompts to save this alternate library file.

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    Wait for iTunes to load with the new library file you have created, then open the "Preferences" menu by clicking "Edit," then selecting "Preferences" from the drop-down box, then clicking on the "Advanced" tab. In this menu, click to remove the checkmark inside the box next to the text that reads "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library."

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    Add the media files you want to sync to the second iPod, following the same steps you used to create your original iTunes library. Sync your second iPod and quit iTunes when finished.

  5. 5

    Choose between your original and second iTunes libraries by holding the "Shift" key as you open iTunes, then selecting the library you want to use. Whichever library you open will be the one that will sync with the iPod you connect to the computer. To sync the second iPod on the other library, exit iTunes and reopen it, selecting the other library.

Tips and warnings

  • Create playlists to sync to each iPod if you wish to place different selections from your iTunes library on each device. Do this by clicking the button with a "+" sign, located at the bottom of the left-hand margin, then dragging and dropping music files from the main library to the new playlist.
  • If you want to create multiple user accounts, this process will vary depending on the make and model of your specific computer. For information on how to create an account on your computer, open the Start menu, click where it says either "Help" or "Help and Support," then enter "New User" into the search bar and press "Enter."
  • iTunes is not equipped to update two iPods at the same time. It is important to disconnect the first iPod before connecting the second.

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