The alarm clock can give you a gentle nudge when you need it. To set your iPod's alarm:
❶ Choose Extras→ Alarms→ Create Alarm. Press the center button. The Alarm changes to On and you land on a screen full of choices.
❷ Choose Date. As you turn the wheel, you change the date for your wake-up call. Press the center button as you pick the month, day, minutes, and so on.
❸ Choose Time. Repeat the wheel-turning and clicking to choose the hour, minute, and AM/PM setting for the alarm. When you get back to the Create Alarm menu, click Repeat if this is a standing alert. Choose the alarm's frequency: daily, weekly, and so on.
❹ Choose Sound. It's time to decide whether you want "Beep" (a warbling R2-D2-like noise that comes out of the iPod's built-in speaker) or music. If you choose music, it plays through your headphones, assuming they haven't fallen out—or an external set of speakers if you have some.
❺ Choose Label. What's alarming you—class, a meeting, time to take a pill? Pick a name for your alarm here.
If you wake up early and want to turn off the alarm, go to Extras→Alarms→[Name of Alarm]→Alarm and press the center button to toggle it off. You can also delete any alarm with the Delete option at the bottom of the menu.