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

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View Lyrics on the iPod

Now that you've spent all this time grooming your song files and adding lyrics, wouldn't it be great if you could take the fruits of your labor with you? The good news is, you can—all the info in an iTunes song file transfers over when you sync your iPod. Except, of course, if you have an iPod Shuffle, which lacks the whole screen thing needed to view images and text.

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When you're out strolling with the iPod, press the center button while a song is playing to cycle through all the information about the song. After four or five taps, the lyrics appear on the iPod's screen, making it a handheld karaoke machine you can dance down the street with. Got an iPod Touch? Just tap the album cover on your screen to see the lyrics.

Tip

While you're clicking through iPod screens to get to your lyrics, check out the shortcut to shuffling that Apple has slipped into the menus. Right before you get to the lyrics screen, you get an option to shuffle songs or albums. If your Nano is set to shake and shuffle (page 36), you don’t see this option.

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