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How to Download Music to iPod Classic 80GB

Updated February 21, 2017

The iPod Classic is one of many editions in the iPod family. The Classic editions of iPod can be distinguished by a click wheel, unlike the Touch--which lacks a physical wheel, and is wider than smaller editions like the Nano, Mini and Shuffle. The iPod Classic 80GB player can accept audio, video, and image files. You can download media like music tracks to the device using the iTunes software.

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  1. Launch iTunes. (You can download iTunes from itunes.com. Then follow the installation and set-up prompts.)

  2. Connect your iPod Classic 80GB player to your computer using the USB sync cable. The larger end of the cable needs to be inserted into the bottom of the iPod Classic. The smaller end can be inserted into your computer's USB port.

  3. Wait for iTunes to recognise your device. Once the software detects your iPod Classic, it will list the device name (e.g., Will's iPod) under "Devices" in the left pane of the software interface.

  4. Select your device name with your mouse in the left pane.

  5. Create a new playlist. Select the "File" menu at the top of the interface. Then select "New Playlist." A new playlist will be added underneath your device name. You can rename the playlist by double-clicking on the playlist name and then typing in a new name (e.g., Hip-Hop).

  6. Alternatively, if you already have a playlist that you want to save your music to, you can skip this step.

  7. Select the playlist with your mouse. This will open the list and any contents into the middle pane.

  8. Use your mouse to drag your music from your computer and drop it into the middle pane. Alternatively, if you purchased music from iTunes (see Tips), you can drag the song from the "Music" section of your iTunes Library, and drop it onto the playlist name (e.g., Hip-Hop) listed underneath the device.

  9. Tip

    To purchase music from the iTunes Store, select "iTunes Store" in the left pane of the software interface. You will then be redirected to the store, where you can purchase music tracks using a credit card. Music purchase will then be downloaded to your computer and listed in the "Library" section of your iTunes software interface.

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Things You'll Need

  • USB sync cable
  • iTunes software


About the Author

Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.

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