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iPod: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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Get Stuff on the iPod Touch: The Quick Way

As with every iPod model that's come before it, the iPod Touch offers the simple and effective autosync feature. Autosyncing automatically puts a copy of every song, podcast, and video in your iTunes library right onto your player. In fact, the first time you connect your iPod Touch to your computer, the iPod Setup Assistant offers to copy all the music in your iTunes library over to your new player. If you opted to do that, your iPod is already set for autosync.

If you've added more music since that first encounter, the steps for loading the new goods onto your Touch couldn't be easier:

❶ Plug the USB cable into your Windows PC or Macintosh.

❷ Plug the flat end of that same USB cable into the bottom of the iPod Touch.

❸ Sit back and let iTunes leap into action, syncing away and doing all that heavy lifting for you.

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You can tell the sync magic is working because iTunes gives you a progress report at the top of its window that says "Syncing iPod Touch..." (or whatever you've named your player. When iTunes tells you the iPod's update is complete, you're free to unplug your Touch and take off.

Autosync is a beautiful thing, but it's not for everyone—especially if you have more than 8-, 16-, or 32-gigabytes worth of stuff in your iTunes library. (That may sound like a lot of room for music, but once you start adding hefty video files, that space disappears fast.)

If autosync isn't for you, jump over to the next page to read about more selective ways to load up your Touch.

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