Introduction: Get the Most Out of Your Ipod - Ipod Tips

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Hello everybody, this is my first instructable, and its on how to get the most out of your ipod. I will be giving tips on what I have done on my Ipod Classic (6G). Hope everybody likes it. :)


Step 1: View Lyrics for a Song

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A neat little feature for your ipod. All you need for this is iTunes.

1st, get the lyrics for the song online. Copy it onto the clipboard.

2nd, in iTunes, right click the song and click Get Info.

3rd, click on the lyrics tab. Paste the lyrics into there.

You're done! Now just get onto your ipod, start playing the song, and click the center button a few times until you get to the lyrics. Yay! Ipod Sing-along time!

Step 2: Give a Song Album Art

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Some people get their music from other sources than iTunes Store. Some of them have CDs, or they bought it online from another source. Here is how you give those songs album art.

1st, find a picture of the album art online, or if you have it, you are good to go. A good source for finding album art online is Wikipedia.

2nd, go into iTunes, select the songs you want to give the album art (ctrl+click to select multiple songs), right click, and click on Get Info.

3rd, click on artwork and upload the image of the album art.

Viola! Now on your ipod, you can view the album art! Yay!

Step 3: Skip Audiobooks When Shuffling

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Some people don't get audiobooks from iTunes store, just as not all people get all their music from iTunes store. So when people add a bunch of Audiobooks to their iTunes library and they press shuffle on their ipod, they get a bunch of Audiobooks and less music than they would like. Here is how you can fix that issue.

1st, make sure the Genre setting of all your Audiobooks in the iTunes library is set to something they all have in common, like Audiobook or something. This step can be skipped, but will take much more time.

2nd, highlight them all. Right click and click on Get Info.

3rd, under the options tab, check the box next to "Skip when shuffling"

Now you are done! Now when you shuffle your music on your iPod, you will just get your music. :)

Step 4: Reorder Your Music in the Menu on Your Ipod

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I know, I know, enough with the Get Info tips! I'm sorry, but here's another.

1st, select the song you want, right click, and click Get Info.

2nd, go to the Info tab.

3rd, now you choose the track on the CD that it is. Yay! :D

NOTE: This is the last Get Info tip. :P

Step 5: Ebooks in Ipod Notes

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Ipod notes is a normally unused program in the Extras section of your ipod. I have used this program to view ebooks I have downloaded. To do this, you will need a Gmail account.

1st, get the ebook. There are many online sources to get these, and it can be on any subject.

2nd, get onto Gmail and send the PDF file to yourself.

3rd, view the PDF file as an HTML file.

4th, save it.

5th, open the HTML file with Microsoft word, or any other text editing program, including Notepad.

6th, save the file as a text file.

7th, go to and choose the txt file and name it. Then make your ipod ebook.

The ebook should be downloaded in a zip folder, containing multiple txt files. You need it to have multiple text files because each file on iPod Notes has a maximum quantity. Now all you have to do is enable your ipod for disk use, open the Notes folder for your ipod when your ipod is plugged in, make a folder with the name of the ebook, and extract all the txt files into it. The text files should go into the folder in order.

NOTE: This tip can work with other things, such as emails, class notes, guitar tabs, ext.

Step 6: Watch Videos on Your Ipod From Your TV for Cheap!

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Who really wants to fork over $20 just for the cable so you can watch videos on your ipod from your TV?
Apple has a trick up their sleeve, and you can learn what it is. :D All you need is a regular camcorder cable.

1st, set up your ipod so it CAN send information to a TV. Go to Video, Video Settings, and set the TV Out setting to Ask.

2nd, Apple decided to send the video through the RED cable instead of the YELLOW. So, all you gotta do is put these cables in these slots:
RED goes in the YELLOW slot
YELLOW goes in the WHITE slot
WHITE goes in the RED slot

Now go have fun watching movies... NOW. :D

Step 7: Now You Are Done!

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Now you have all the tips that I can currently give you. Have fun with your new tips!



crazybot_99 (author)2012-02-05

Cool! I loved the ebook tip alot! I am a bookworm.. so thx! While charging i get shocks when i touch the apple logo at the back.. does anyone else have a similar problem?


Capt. Kidd (author)2010-03-18

can you view lyrics on the touch?


Tomcat94 (author)Capt. Kidd2011-04-14


Jo-dan (author)2010-06-13

my old camcorder cable is yellow and white on both ends where can i find th right kind for this

chuckie1233 (author)Jo-dan2010-11-19

they sell them at walmart, they plug into the dock of your ipod

Coolboyme (author)2010-03-22

just  press prt scrn on ur keyboard and paste it onto paint
this way u could do the thing

tiggleme (author)2010-01-27

 Your fantastic yay Kings of leon :)))

WakingCityOfEvil (author)2009-07-31

I used my 6th Gen Classic and it asked me to plug in the cord.

chepech (author)WakingCityOfEvil2009-12-01

This only works for 5th Gen Ipods (Im not sure if 4th too).

Video output for 6th Gen was moved to the data port (USB cable) so you need to purchase a special cable for that (around 45 or 50 bucks last time I checked)

so_broken_down (author)2009-11-10

Drowning Pool! :D

SkateboardingForLife (author)2009-08-23

jsyk all the cables are the same the color is just so you dont get them switched from plugging them into your tv to what ever you are using as an imput

Gage987 (author)2009-08-21

nice music taste Drowning Pool and Disturbed awesome i have both of those cds

trebor_29 (author)2009-08-06

doesnt matter fixed it :)

trebor_29 (author)2009-08-06

this bit isnt working for me

prime5194 (author)2008-12-27

Their are programs that do the same thing for free.

Would you mind sharing the name of the program you have in mind?? =)

Capt. Kidd (author)2009-06-25

nice, i got quite alot out of my iPod.

bfire200 (author)2009-06-06

can you tell me how to convert books on tape to "audiobooks" so they fall under that tab in itunes. I put them on ipod but they alwaysgo under music. Is this normal?

mouse4 (author)2009-05-04

does it work for ipod nano 4th gen.?????

thunder65 (author)2009-04-25

Does this work on 6th generation iPods?

mxlabs (author)2009-04-04

here is the solution to AMairman17 and computergeek question:

complete guide for "iPod video to TV"

dudemanxxx (author)2009-03-26

Yay Disturbed! I actually almost got in a fight with the lead singer at a concert haha

dudemanxxx (author)dudemanxxx2009-03-26

It wasnt really in a mean way for the record

edfel01 (author)2009-03-19

kewl i was trying to find how to add albumwork thx

Owenmon (author)2008-11-11

heres a better way : return it and buy somthing thats useful :D

mg0930mg (author)Owenmon2009-03-18

Who are you to say that the ipod is not useful. I think it is awesome. I think you should appriciate this instructable, and not just say it's crappy because the iPods are crappy. /rant Anyway, thanks for the tips jokada

bluevelvet4 (author)2009-02-10

Thanks for that tip. I needed that.

prime5194 (author)2008-12-27

Give me some tunes will put album artwork on to the albums too.

shveet (author)2008-11-07

yay disturbed :P

TJ 47065 (author)2008-11-01

Cool instructable, helped alot! thanks

airman17 (author)2008-08-17

do u have to plug anything into the ipod. does this work for any video ipod? i have a 3rd Generation Nano. please tell me if it will work

not on that one. only the 5th generation ipod

kathyde (author)2008-07-27

i think its quite useful/ thanks dude:-D

tyeo098 (author)2008-05-12

The last one was ripped off from my 'ible.

jokada (author)tyeo0982008-05-12

I'm sorry if it seems like it was, but I have never seen the instructable that you are talking about. :( Found this on a site a while back.

jokada (author)tyeo0982008-05-12

Wow, I'm sorry. Never saw that. Want me to remove it?

gizmo_ult (author)jokada2008-06-21

don't everyone has some thing alike the other so it's ok

Luuke (author)2008-06-11

you can also play games for free...
check out they seem pretty cheesy... but its exactly what you need for your next long trip :P

this site gives you free apple games... (hacked)

its says 5g and 5.5G... so i dont know about 6G its worth a try :)

gizmo_ult (author)Luuke2008-06-21

no it won't work it says so in the link xD

Embers (author)2008-06-08

Actually Adobe's PDF reader has a covert into txt option so you can skip the HTML step entirely.

pasteeater565 (author)2008-05-17

Thanks for the tv output thing. i was gonna buy the cable until i saw this lol thanks alot

computergeek (author)2008-05-17

Neat Instructable. What is the end of the video cable is it plugged it to the iPod? If you can post some pictures on how to do it. If this is helps I have a 3 Gen. Nano.

dangerouslemming (author)2008-05-14

i tried to attach it to my tv, but it showed a"please connect video device" sign. any tips?

Stoopie (author)dangerouslemming2008-05-14

i have the same thing, but its cuz you have the iPod classic right? i used to have the regular 30gb video ipod and it worked, but i bought the ipod classic and it doesnt work with it, i think apple fixed it. :(

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