Can you talk me through the process of putting music on my iPod Shuffle?

Haley Keith August 27, 2012

I just got an iPod Shuffle and I don’t know how to put music on it. I have all kinds of music already on my (Windows) computer and I want that music on the iPod but I don’t know what to do. Can you help?

  1. pat
    October 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I just bought a brand new Thing called a shuffle ipod 2012. from But so far, I cant get very far. All I wanted to do is drag and drop a few mp3s I bought from Amazons cloud player thingy.

    I dont want this Itunes thing, simply because I dont have enough H/D space to install such a huge file, ( I have a 160gig hard drive) that Im rarely going to use, maybe once a month. All i get through the ipod speakers is a voice saying sycnh to itunes, to use music. No idea what it means. i dont buy music off the internet , only dvd audio discs and one or two mp3s from amazon. So if itunes are expecting payment details they wont get them anyway, I buy almost everything from Amazon because im disabled. So question, is Do I send this pod back to Amazon and get an ealier version, or what?

    thanks patricia

  2. Tony Batty
    August 30, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Haley, you can either watch this video

    or you can go to this web site

    for the help that you want in solving that problem.

  3. shaurya gupta
    August 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    first install itunes from
    Then go to file menu and select add folder to library.
    select the folder that contains the songs.
    now under devices tab, choose your device.
    configure it, i think it will ask you the ipod's name and all.
    Then sync it.

  4. VictorGeis
    August 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I would highly suggest using iTunes. Then once iTunes is opened (after of course downloading it), drag your music into the iTunes Library and it will be listed in iTunes. Then connect your iPod and then once it's detected, simply drag the music in iTunes to the iPod (under devices). And that should get you there :)

  5. venkatp16
    August 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Download & install itunes software, connect your Ipod to system and it should be displayed
    Select recently added playlist - From file select add files to library - after this drag all files and drop them on your ipod

  6. Alan Wade
    August 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    This Youtube vid explains it:

  7. Dalsan
    August 27, 2012 at 9:03 am

    iTunes is the most used for syncing iPods, but can also be done with J. River Media Jukebox or Media Monkey Media player as they offer a little more options for editing the tags (what is shown on the iPod screen for the song information like cover art, song title, album, etc.) and not as bloated (no extra software that auto starts when Windows starts, taking memory away from usage). CopyTrans offers more simplicity for ease of use.

  8. susendeep dutta
    August 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Use CopyTrans Manager -

    It's better for use and is good alternative for iTunes.

    • Sebastian Hadinata
      August 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Definitely agree with this one :D

      I use CopyTransManager to copy music files, videos, and audiobooks to my iPod Touch and it works really great! It saves me the trouble of installing iTunes to my PC. They also provide apple drivers installer that is necessary for CopyTransManager to detect my iPod Touch if you do not have iTunes installed.

  9. ha14
    August 27, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Archived - The New User's Guide to iPod shuffle

    Getting Stuff onto Your iPod shuffle

    How to Put Music Onto an iPod Shuffle

  10. April Eum
    August 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

    download itunes (latest version)
    locate your mp3 files
    open all your mp3 files on itunes (you can also right click mp3 files and OPEN WITH iTunes as default media player)
    connect your ipod
    you should see a "DEVICES" tab on itunes
    drag your library of mp3 files that you opened straight into the ipod device

    • Bruce Epper
      August 27, 2012 at 7:59 am

      All mp3 files do not need to be opened in iTunes. You just need to point the library to where the mp3 files are stored.You may also want to change the settings on the device after you have plugged it so that it will recode the files to a lower bitrate in order to allow more of them to fit onto the device. You can also set it up so it will only sync the files you have checked in the Library especially if you have a large mp3 library in the first place (60GB of music, even recoded to a lower bitrate, probably will not fit onto an 8GB shuffle).

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