Ipod Classic User Guide

04 June 2013

Ipod Classic User Guide

In the box

Together with your iPod classic, you have

a USB 2.0 cable
a dock adaptor

What you also need

To use your iPod classic, you must have a computer.

A Mac requires

a USB 2.0 port
Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later
iTunes 8.0 or later

A PC requires

a USB 2.0 port
Windows Vista or Windows XP (Home or Professional) with Service Pack 3 or later
iTunes 8.0 or later


Your iPod classic has

a hold switch and headphones port on the top edge
a dock connector on the bottom edge
a two and a half inch colour LCD screen
a Click Wheel beneath the screen with the following buttons:
– menu
– next/fast forward (&27721;I)
– play/pause (&31698;I)
– previous/rewind (I&21738;)
a centre button

The iPod classic controls

Switching on
To switch on your iPod classic, press the Click Wheel or the centre button. The main menu then appears.

Switching off
To switch off your iPod classic, press and hold play/pause (&31698;I).

Basic navigation
To navigate the menus of your iPod classic, use the Click wheel and the centre button.

To find a menu item, move your thumb or finger around the Click Wheel
To select an item, press the centre button
To see the previous menu, press Menu

Common control functions

To switch on the backlight. Press any button or scroll the Click Wheel.
To view main menu. Press and hold Menu.
To adjust the volume. Use the Click Wheel.
To search for a song. Select Music on the main menu.
To search for a video. Select Videos on the main menu.
To play a song/video. Choose the song or video; press either the centre button or play/pause (&31698;I). Please note: you cannot play songs or videos when you&25267;e connected the iPod classic to your computer.
To pause. Press play/pause (&31698;I) or remove the headphones from your iPod classic.
To rewind or fast forward a song or video. Press and hold previous/rewind (I&21738;), or next/fast forward (&27721;I).
To play the previous song/podcast/audiobook chapter. Press previous/rewind twice (I&21738;).
To listen to all songs in random order. Select Shuffle Songs on the main menu.
To skip to a certain part of a song or video. If you&25262;e in the Now Playing screen, press the centre button. The scrubber bar appears with a diamond icon that indicates the current position in the song or video. Move the icon forward or backward with the Click Wheel.
To make a Genius playlist. Select or play a song; press and hold the centre button until a menu appears on the screen; select Start Genius; press centre button. Please note: Start Genius appears only when you have appropriate songs to create a Genius playlist.
To add a song to your On-The-Go playlist. Select or play a song; press and hold the centre button until a menu appears on the screen; select Add to On-The-Go; press the centre button.
To disable your iPod classic controls to prevent anything happening if you accidentally touch them. Move the hold switch to the HOLD position.
To reset your iPod classic if it doesn&25264; respond. Move the hold switch to HOLD and back again; press the centre and menu buttons at the same time and hold for around visit more information six seconds until the Apple logo comes on the screen.

Other control options

Press and hold the centre button until a menu appears on the screen.

Your iPod classic serial number

Go to the main menu and select Settings>About. Press the centre button until the serial number appears. The number is also on the back of your iPod classic.

If your iPod classic doesn&25264; respond to any controls, push the hold switch to the HOLD position and back again. Then, for approximately six seconds, press the Menu and centre buttons at the same time. The Apple logo will appear on your iPod classic screen.


The search function

Use the search function for songs; album titles; artists?names; playlists; podcasts; and audiobooks. You cannot use the search function for videos; notes; lyrics; contacts; or calendars.

Choose Search from the Music menu
Create a search word by using the Click Wheel to run through the alphabet, and the centre button to select each letter. Press the next/fast forward button (&27721;I) for a space; press the previous/rewind button (I&21738;) to delete a letter. Your iPod classic starts the search when you select the first letter
To see the results, press Menu

Browsing with Cover Flow

Cover Flow displays album artwork on your iPod classic screen. The artwork appears according to the alphabetical name of the artist or group, and provides a visual method of browsing.

Select Cover Flow from the Music menu
Scroll through the album artwork with the Click Wheel, or use the next/fast forward (&27721;I) and previous/rewind (I&21738;) buttons
Choose an album
Press the centre button
Scroll through the available songs with the Click Wheel and select one
Press the centre button


Connecting the iPod classic to your computer

Connect the iPod classic to your computer to transfer music, videos, audiobooks, podcasts, photos, and files. The connection charges your battery at the same time.

Put the Dock Connector/USB cable into a USB 2.0 port on your computer
Plug the other end into your iPod classic&25263; dock connection


Never disconnect the iPod classic from your computer if one of the following messages is on the iPod classic&25263; screen:

&25541;onnected?br />&25565;ynchronising?br />
When you see such a message, eject your iPod classic before disconnecting it.

Click on the iTunes Eject button (? or
for Mac users, drag the desktop iPod classic icon to Trash or
for PC users, eject iPod classic in My Computer, or select the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the Windows system tray and choose iPod classic

To disconnect your iPod classic:

pull the cable from the bottom


iTunes is the software that enables you to buy, arrange and transfer music, videos, TV episodes, audiobooks, podcasts, and games. When you connect the iPod classic to your computer, iTunes automatically appears.

Main features

To place digital media in your iTunes library, you can

buy items from the online iTunes store
import items from your CDs, DVDs or computer hard drive

To place your audio CDs in iTunes

Place a CD in your computer
Open iTunes
Select Import CD
When you&25267;e finished, eject the CD by selecting Eject ?

iTunes uses the Internet to try to find the names of the songs on your CDs. If the names are not available on the Internet

select your CD&25263; first song
choose File>Get Info
select Info
type in the name of the song
choose Next
when you&25267;e finished, select OK

To add music already on your computer to your iTunes library

Drag the appropriate folder to the iTunes heading marked Library, or
Select File>Add to Library and choose the appropriate folder

iTunes must be able to support the song file format.

Other features
When you put music in your iTunes library, you can include the album artwork and arrange for the lyrics to come up on your iPod classic screen. You can also make playlists, and set up features such as Smart Playlist and Genius.

To add album artwork
Any music you buy from the iTunes Store comes with the album artwork. Your iPod classic automatically displays this.

If you&25267;e imported music from a CD, and you have the album artwork on your computer, you can add it to iTunes.

Select a song
Select File>Get Info
Select Artwork
Select Add
Go to the file containing the artwork
Select Choose
By using the slider, adjust the size of the artwork
Select Next to include artwork for another song or album
Select OK when you&25267;e finished

To add lyrics
View lyrics while a song is playing by

choosing a song on iTunes
selecting File>Get Info
selecting Lyrics
putting the lyrics in the text box
selecting Next to enter the lyrics for another song
clicking OK when you&25267;e finished

To make playlists
With iTunes, you can make your own playlists.

Select Add (+) or File>New Playlist
Enter a playlist name
Select Music in Library
Drag a song to the playlist

Smart Playlists
You can also set up a feature known as Smart Playlists. Smart Playlists update automatically when you place songs on iTunes that match your Smart Playlist rules.

Select File>New Smart Playlist
Set up your rules

Genius automatically creates playlists of songs that go well together. To activate Genius

on iTunes, select the Genius button (located at the bottom of the iTunes window)
follow the instructions
connect the iPod classic to your computer and sync it

To set up an iTunes Genius playlist

select one of your songs on iTunes
click the Genius button
set a maximum number of songs for the Genius playlist by selecting a number from the pop-up menu
select Save Playlist

Sync your Genius playlist to the iPod classic in the same way as ordinary playlists.

To load music on your iPod classic
Your iPod classic automatically syncs songs, playlists, audiobooks, videos, films, TV episodes, and podcasts in your iTunes library when you connect it to your computer. If you&25267;e deleted or added items to your iTunes library since you last connected the iPod classic, iTunes automatically updates the classic&25263; contents.

When you first connect the iPod classic to your computer, a message asks if you want automatic syncing. Please note that if you don&25264; want this, you can add items to your iPod classic manually.

To manage your iPod classic manually
Managing your iPod classic content manually allows you to delete and add songs and videos as you choose.

To set iTunes for manual management

select iPod classic in the source list of iTunes
choose Summary
in Options, choose &25559;anually manage music and video?br />select Apply

To manually add a song or other item to your iPod classic

select Music (or an alternative item in the iTunes source list)
drag the song or other item to the list&25263; iPod classic icon

To manually delete a song or other item from your iPod classic

select iPod classic in the source list
on your iPod classic, choose the song or other item
press Delete or Backspace on your computer keyboard

This deletes the song or other item from your iPod classic, but retains it in your iTunes library.

To manually create a new playlist on your iPod classic

select iPod classic in the source list
choose Add (+) or File>New Playlist
type in a name for the playlist
choose the items you want in your playlist, and drag them to it

When you manage songs and videos manually, always eject your iPod classic from iTunes before disconnection.

To load videos on your iPod classic
You can add films and TV shows to your iPod classic in a similar fashion to the way you add songs (see above).

Your iPod classic syncs all videos automatically. To sync only selected videos

choose iPod classic in the iTunes source list
choose Movies
select &25565;ync movies?br />select the videos you want to transfer to your iPod classic
choose Apply

Select Help>iTunes Help for further details about iTunes and its features.


Your iPod classic has a built-in battery. When you charge the battery for the first time, leave it for around four hours or until the screen&25263; battery icon shows a full charge.

When your iPod classic&25263; battery runs down, it takes about two hours to reach an 80% charge, and four hours to reach a full charge.

Methods of charging
Charge your iPod classic by

connecting it to your computer (the computer must be on and not in sleep or standby mode ?except for some Macs) or by
using an Apple USB Power Adaptor

Please note: (i) your computer&25263; USB port must be USB 2.0
(ii) the iPod classic will not sync with your computer when a &25541;harging, Please Wait?or &25541;onnect to Power?message appears on the classic&25263; screen

A battery icon on your iPod classic screen indicates the amount of charge you have left.

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