Connecting and Disconnecting iPod shuffle
Connect iPod shuffle to your computer to sync songs and other audio files, and to
charge the battery. Disconnect iPod shuffle when you’re done.
To connect iPod shuffle to your computer, use only the USB 2.0 cable that
came with iPod shuffle.
Connecting iPod shuffle
To connect iPod shuffle to your computer:
Plug one end of the included USB cable into the earphone port of iPod shuffle, and the
other end into a high-power USB 2.0 port on your computer.
Note: Don’t connect iPod shuffle to a USB port on your keyboard for charging.
A longer USB cable is available separately at www.apple.com/ipodstore.
The first time you connect iPod shuffle to your computer, iTunes helps you set up
iPod shuffle and sync it with your iTunes library. By default, iTunes automatically syncs
songs on iPod shuffle when you connect it to your computer. You can sync songs while
your battery is charging.
If you connect iPod shuffle to a different computer and iPod shuffle is set to sync
music automatically, iTunes prompts you before syncing any music. If you click Yes,
the songs and other audio files already on iPod shuffle are erased and replaced with
songs and other audio files from the new computer iPod shuffle is connected to. For
information about adding music to iPod shuffle or using iPod shuffle with more than
one computer, see Chapter 4, “Listening to Music,” on page 22.
iPod shuffle Basics
Disconnecting iPod shuffle
It’s important not to disconnect iPod shuffle from your computer while audio files are
syncing or when iPod shuffle is being used as an external disk. It’s OK to disconnect
iPod shuffle if the status light isn’t blinking orange, or if you see the “OK to disconnect”
message at the top of the iTunes window.
If you see the “Do not disconnect” message in iTunes or if the status
light on iPod shuffle is blinking orange, you must first eject iPod shuffle before
disconnecting it. Failing to do so may damage files on iPod shuffle and require you
to restore iPod shuffle in iTunes. For information about restoring, see “Updating and
Restoring iPod shuffle Software” on page 33.
If you enable iPod shuffle for disk use (see “Using iPod shuffle as an External Disk” on
page 28), you must always eject iPod shuffle before disconnecting it.
To eject iPod shuffle:
In iTunes, click the Eject (
C) button next to iPod shuffle in the list of devices.
If you’re using a Mac, you can also eject iPod shuffle by dragging the iPod shuffle icon
on the desktop to the Trash.
If you’re using a Windows PC, you can also eject iPod shuffle in My Computer or by
clicking the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the Windows system tray and selecting
To disconnect iPod shuffle:
Disconnect the USB cable from iPod shuffle and from your computer.
iPod shuffle Basics