How to Copy Music From My PC into My A1285 iPod With Free Software

Updated July 20, 2017

As with the majority of Apple's multimedia hardware, the A1285 iPod nano doesn't provide a computer with direct access to its storage space. New music is added to the device via a USB cable transfer, but requires the free iTunes multimedia management software installing on your PC to add new content to the device. Once iTunes is installed, music is synced music between the computer and the iPod nano quickly and efficiently.

Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer, following the installation instructions detailed on the Apple website. Once installation is complete, launch iTunes by clicking its icon on the desktop.

Open the folder on your PC that contains the music you want to transfer to the iPod nano.

Drag and drop the music files into the "Library" section in the left-hand column of iTunes.

Connect the iPod nano to the computer using its USB cable. iTunes will automatically detect the iPod nano and add it to the "Devices" section in the left-hand column.

Select the iPod nano from the "Devices" list and open the "Music" tab in the main iTunes window. Ensure the "Sync Music" box is checked.

Click the "Sync" button in the lower right corner of the iTunes window. Any music files dropped into the iTunes library will be copied to the iPod nano.


You can also create playlists in iTunes, and sync them to the iPod nano. Typically, the "Sync Music" box in iTunes is checked by default.

Things You'll Need

  • iTunes
  • iPod nano USB cable
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Spanner Spencer has been writing since 2005 for a variety of print and online publications. Focusing on entertainment, gaming and technology, his work has been published by, "The Escapist," "GamesTM," "Retro Gamer," "Empire," "Total PC Gaming" "The Guardian," among others. Spencer is a qualified medical electronics engineer with a Business and Technology Education Council certificate in technical writing from Huddersfield Technical College.