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

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Adjust Your iPod's Preferences with iTunes

Once your iPod's connected and showing up in iTunes, you can modify all the settings that control what goes on (and comes off) your media player. See those tabs in a row towards the top of iTunes? Click each one to get to those specific preferences. Here's what you'll find in each area (the tabs vary slightly depending on the type of iPod you've got):

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Summary. Key iPod hardware info here: Drive capacity, serial number, and software version (and a button to update the same when Apple releases a new version). The Options area lets you choose syncing options and whether to turn your iPod into a portable data drive for carrying around big files.

Music. Click this tab to synchronize all songs and playlists—or just the ones you listen to the most.

Movies. Full-length movies can take up a gigabyte or more of precious 'Pod space, so iTunes gives you the option of loading up all, selected, or even just unwatched films.

TV Shows. As with Movies, you can selectively choose which TV Shows you want to bring along on your iPod.

Podcasts. Your pal iTunes can automatically download the podcasts you've subscribed to through the iTunes Store (Chapter 7); here you can decide which ones you want to listen to on the go.

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Both the iPod Nano and iTunes have features for the visually impaired to navigate music and other audio content by verbal cues instead ...

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