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iTunes 10 Essential Training takes an in-depth look into the popular music and media hub from Apple. Author Garrick Chow demonstrates how to perform the core functions in iTunes: playing, purchasing, sharing, and streaming content. The course also covers specialized features such as setting parental controls, syncing with iPods, subscribing to podcasts, listening to Internet radio, using the Genius feature, the Ping social network, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
In addition to copying your music, movies, and photos to your iPod, most iPods also support the syncing of your contacts and calendars. So if you carry around your iPod or iPhone all the time you have quick access to your addresses, phone numbers, and schedule. In this movie we'll look at how this works on Windows machines. If you're on a Mac, check out the previous movie for info on how to sync contacts and calendars with your iPod. Here in iTunes I have my iPod touch selected and I'm going to go over to the Info tab. If you're using an iPod classic you'll click the tab labeled Contacts. If you don't see the Info or the Contacts button, your iPod doesn't support syncing contacts or calendars with your computer.
So when you're working with a PC you can choose to sync your contact information with Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010. If you have any of those versions installed. If not, here on Windows 7 or on Windows Vista you have your Windows contacts, which you can find by going to the Start menu, to your user folder, and then inside Contacts, and in here you can add and manage contacts. You can see we can add new contacts and I have a couple of sample contacts I've already created in here. I've even created a couple of groups like the Family group and the Work group.
So back in iTunes I'll check Sync Contacts with and I have Windows Contacts selected. Again you can choose from Outlook. You can also choose from Google or your Yahoo! address book if you use Gmail or Yahoo! Mail, but I'm using Windows Contacts so I have that selected. And here you can see I can choose to copy all of my contacts from Windows to my iPod, or I can just use Selected groups. If I choose groups I can select which groups I want. Maybe I just want to copy my Family contacts over to my iPod. On the iPod touch and the iPhone you can also generate contacts on your device itself to sync back to your computer.
You can check Add contacts created outside of groups on this iPod to, and then you can choose which group you want to have as the default. The new contacts are added too. If you don't want new contacts added to any of your groups you can just uncheck that. And that's really all there is to syncing your contacts to your iPod. Now before I click Apply to copy the contacts over, let's look at calendars. I am going to come here and check Sync Calendars with and pretty much your only choice here is Outlook. So on Windows your calendar information has to come from Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010. So if you don't have Outlook installed you can't sync calendar info with your iPod, but I do have Outlook installed on this computer and I have a couple of calendars.
And as with contacts I can choose to sync all of my calendars or just select the calendars. And these are the calendar groups I've created on my copy of Outlook. So maybe I only want my Home and my Workout calendars on my iPod. We also have the option here, not to sync events older than x number of days, because in most cases you might not need old appointments taking up space on your iPod. So once I'm done with my contact and calendar settings, I just click Apply to send all that info over. And you can watch the progress up here in the center display of the iTunes window. All right, so the syncing is done, let's see what that looks like.
So here on my iPod I can tap Contacts, and here on the groups that I created and synced over, and I can also tap my calendar app, and here you can see the Home and Workout calendars that I synced over. So that's how you sync your contacts and your calendars with your iPod from Windows.
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