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Chapter 5. Building an iPod’s Music Libr... > Playing an iPod’s Music on a Differe...

Playing an iPod’s Music on a Different Computer

One of the cool, but not so obvious, things you can do with an iPod is use it to play its music on a computer that is different than the one you use to build the iPod’s music library. For example, suppose your home computer contains your music library, but you would like to be able to play your iPod music through your laptop or on your work computer. To play an iPod’s music on a computer that is different than the one you use to configure the iPod’s music library, perform the following steps:

1.
Connect the iPod to the computer on which you want to play its music. You’ll see a prompt explaining that the iPod is linked to a different iTunes music library and asking if you want to replace the iPod’s music with the library on the current computer (see Figure 5.9).

Figure 5.9. You’ll see this prompt when you connect an iPod to a computer that you don’t use to update its music library.


Caution

If you click Yes in the warning prompt, all of the music on the iPod will be replaced by the contents of the current iTunes Music Library.

2.
Click No. The iPod will be mounted on the computer and will be shown in the iTunes Source List.

Caution

You can’t share the same iPod on a Windows computer and a Mac. An iPod has to be formatted specifically to work with each operating system. If you connect an iPod to a computer with a different operating system, you’ll have to reformat the iPod’s drive before your can use it (which means all of its music will be erased).

3.
Select the iPod and click the iPod Preferences button.

4.
Choose the Manually Manage Songs and Playlists option, click OK in the warning prompt, and click OK to close the iPod Preferences dialog box. You’ll return to the iTunes window and the iPod will be available as a source on the Source List.

5.
Expand the iPod to see the music it contains.

6.
Select and play music on the iPod just like you do other sources, such as CDs and playlists.


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