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How Do I Connect My iPod to My Dell Computer?

written by: Rita A.•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 4/11/2011

This article will teach you a few different ways that you can connect your iPod to your Dell computer. These instructions will work with any version of iPod, such as the Nano, Touch, Shuffle and Classic.

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    How Do I Connect My iPod to My Dell With a USB Cable?

    The simplest way to connect an iPod to a Dell computer is by using the USB cable that came with it. When you first purchase an iPod, a USB cable is included with it. The USB port on your computer has to be able to handle the USB 2.0 cable. If you have one, simply insert the USB end of the cable into a USB port on the front or back of your computer. The other end of the cable inserts into your iPod. Once it is inserted, open iTunes if it doesn't open automatically. You should see the iPod listed under Devices on the left side of the screen. The iPod will automatically sync with iTunes if you have it set to the default settings. You will see iPod Syncing at the top of the iTunes window if your iPod automatically syncs. If you do not see this, it is set to manually manage music.

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    How Do I Connect My iPod to My Dell With a FireWire Port?

    If your computer does not have a USB port, a USB port that cannot handle a USB 2.0 cable, or the USB ports on your Dell computer are not working, you can use your computer’s FireWire port. This port is found on the back of the Dell. If you are using a Dell laptop, the FireWire port is found on the side.

    You will need to purchase the cable that connects the iPod to the FireWire port. This cable can be found online or in most electronic stores, such as the Apple store. Plug the end of the cable into the FireWire port, and insert the other end into the plug on the iPod. Open iTunes if it does not open automatically, and you should see the iPod on the left side of the screen listed under Devices. The iPod will automatically sync with iTunes if you have it set to the default settings.

    If your computer does not have a USB or FireWire port, you can have them installed for a fee.

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    How Do I Connect My iPod to My Dell With a Dock Connector?

    You can also use a dock connector to connect an iPod to your Dell computer.

    Plug the USB cable into a USB port on the back or front of your Dell computer. Connect the dock connector to the correct port on the back of the optional iPod dock connector. Place the iPod in the dock connector. Open iTunes if it does not open automatically. You should see the iPod listed on the left side under Devices. The iPod will automatically sync with iTunes if you have it set to the default settings.

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    References

    Connecting iPod to Your Computer, http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=32491

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