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Guru's Guide to Play the iPod on Computer (and other iPod tricks)

May 23, 2008
When I work late (after everyone's gone) I like to play my iPod nano on my computer speakers. There was a time when I didn't know how to do this, since my work computer doesn't have the music files on it -- but I do now. Read on for this and other tips for living the iPod life.

Play iPod on Computer Speakers: In iTunes, click on your iPod on the device list (left-hand side of the screen). Select the "Summary" tab in the main screen and click the "Manually manage music and videos" checkbox. Now for the easy step: choose the song or play list you want from the list for your iPod and hit the iTunes play button. (Still confused? I have pictures on my website to help you out.)

Alarm clock: I use my iPod nano for my alarm clock. Have you ever had to spend the night in a hotel and worried about whether the alarm clock would go off? I used to travel 4 nights a week for work and carried a travel alarm clock -- until I figured out my iPod could handle it. No more waking up in the middle of the night worrying about whether you'll wake up! Here's how.

On the Extras menu, use the click wheel to select Clock > Alarm Clock. The screen will show a set of options for configuring your alarm. First, toggle Alarm to On if it isn't already. Choose Time and select the time the alarm should go off. Select the Repeat menu to set how often the alarm should ring. I have one alarm set for Weekdays and another for Weekends. Now for the bigger decision: Sound. You can either set the iPod to Beep or to a Playlist. If you use Playlist the sound goes out through earphones or an external speaker -- which is what I use at night. If you're travelling you might consider setting it to Beep, since it'll use the iPod's built-in speaker.

Lulling to Sleep: While we're in the extras section (and talking about sleep) check out the sleep timer. Use it to select how long you'd like the iPod to play before turning itself off automatically. If you like falling asleep to music or a little background noise this is a great feature.

Setting the Volume limit: Does your iPod seem too loud (or not loud enough)? Head over to the Settings menu and select Volume Limit. Use your clickwheel to adjust your iPod's maximum volume up or down. You can also adjust the mix of sounds by adjusting the equalizer. It's listed as EQ in your Settings menu.
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Need help? See pictures of how to do these tips on her website. Check out Lydia's Nanos Reviewed website for more tips and tricks for living the iPod nano life.
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