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iPod: The Missing Manual, 8th Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer

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Chapter 2. Bopping Around the iPod Classic, Nano, and Shuffle

The standard iPod is a simple device to operate—five buttons and a click wheel quickly take you to all your songs, movies, games, audio books, and everything else parked on your ‘Pod. Even though it doesn’t have a mouse, the player’s controls work just like those on a desktop computer: you highlight an item on-screen and click the center button to select it.

Performing this action either takes you to another menu of options or triggers an action—like playing a song, calling up your calendar, or checking the time in Paris. This chapter shows you what lies underneath all the menus on your iPod Classic or Nano and what each item does. Shuffle owners will find special coverage of their screenless wonders sprinkled throughout. The iPod Touch, unique among iPods for its lack of buttons and wheel-free controls, gets its own chapter right after this one.

Turn the iPod On and Off—or Put It On Hold

Classic or Nano, the iPod has only five buttons and one switch—none of them labeled Off or On. It’s not hard to do either, even without official buttons.

  • To turn your iPod on, tap any button on the front and it wakes right up, ready to play music or movies.

  • To turn the iPod off, press the Play/Pause button for a few seconds until the screen goes dark. To preserve battery power, an inactive iPod automatically shuts itself down after a couple of minutes.

  • For a one-click trip to Naptown from the iPod’s main menu, add the Sleep option to your ...

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