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

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Digital Photographer Alert: Storing Full-Quality Photos on the iPod

When iTunes optimizes your photos for iPoddification, it streamlines the images a bit instead of copying the big, full-resolution files. But if you want, you can copy the full-size photo files. That way you can transfer them to another computer—good news if you're a photographer and want to haul around a big, print-ready photo collection.

Just follow these steps:

❶ Connect the iPod Nano or Classic and select it in the iTunes Source list. Make sure you've set up the iPod as a portable hard drive. (See Chapter 10 for details.) The short version: in your iPod's settings page in iTunes, click the Summary tab and then turn on the "Enable disk use" checkbox.

❷ Click the Photos tab in the iTunes window.

❸ Turn on the "Include full-resolution photos" checkbox.

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After you sync, full-resolution copies of the photos sit happily in the Photos folder on the iPod's hard drive. (The Photos folder also has a subfolder called Thumbs that'sfull of iPod-optimized images all scrunched up in special .ithmb files; you can safely ignore these.)

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