I'm an iPod newb and I need help.
July 12, 2012 2:59 AM Subscribe
I'm a complete iPod newb and I need help.
posted by colfax to Technology (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I got my first iPod a couple of months ago. Before I bought it, I hadn't even really handled an iPod before. Among other things, other people's gadgets make me nervous, because I'm worried I'll break them.
My main problem is this: I bought an iPod Classic, because for the next couple of years I'm probably going to be traveling a lot. And I'm not going to be in the U.S. much, so downloading things off of iTunes is often the easiest way to watch the American stuff I want to watch. This means that the iTunes library on my laptop is constantly changing.
My laptop is pretty old, so I don't have a huge amount of extra space on it, and I thought I could use the iPod like an external hard drive to store old tv episodes and movies, so that I could clear up space on my computer to watch other stuff. But I can't figure out how to make the iPod sync the way I want it to. If I just let it sync everything, it erases random tv episodes from the iPod to make room for the new stuff that is still on my computer, and if I choose "sync individually" (or whatever it's called), I only see the option to sync the stuff that is still on my computer, which means that old tv episodes on the iPod get erased.
What am I doing wrong and/or missing? Can you help me force the iPod to do what I want it to do? And are there any other facts, tricks, or basic info about how to use an iPod that I should know? I've been surprised by how rigid the iPod system is. I tried looking in some computer/technology forums for the answer to this question, but I think it's so basic that no one else seems to be asking about it.