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Syncing photos from a Mac

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If you have an iPod with a color screen, it supports photos, meaning you can copy pictures from your computer to your iPod and then display those photos on the iPod screen to share with your friends, or with the right accessory cable, you can connect your iPod to a TV and share a slideshow of your photos directly from the iPod. So let's take a look at how to sync photos from a Mac to your iPod. I still have my iPod touch attached to my Mac and with it selected, I am going to go to the Photos section. All I have to do here is check Sync photos from, and then select where I want the photos to come from. Now, you can only sync your photos from one location on your Mac, so it matters where you store the photos you want to copy to your iPod.

Syncing photos from a Mac

If you have an iPod with a color screen, it supports photos, meaning you can copy pictures from your computer to your iPod and then display those photos on the iPod screen to share with your friends, or with the right accessory cable, you can connect your iPod to a TV and share a slideshow of your photos directly from the iPod. So let's take a look at how to sync photos from a Mac to your iPod. I still have my iPod touch attached to my Mac and with it selected, I am going to go to the Photos section. All I have to do here is check Sync photos from, and then select where I want the photos to come from. Now, you can only sync your photos from one location on your Mac, so it matters where you store the photos you want to copy to your iPod.

You can choose your Pictures folder, which is located in your Home folder, or you can choose any other folder on your Mac if you have your photos stored elsewhere. But if you have iPhoto on your Mac, which is part of the iLife suite of applications and you use it to manage and organize your digital photos, which you really should, select iPhoto from this menu. Now, the default setting is to copy all photos, albums, events, and faces to your iPod, but if you have thousands of photos in your iPhoto library, you might not want to copy every single photo over. In that case, choose Selected albums, events, faces, and automatically include events, and then you can choose which events you want to include.

All of them, the most recent event, the three most recent, or so on and so on. Now, we also have the option to include any videos that are stored in iPhoto. So if you've taken videos with your digital still camera, and they're in iPhoto, you can choose to have those copied over if they fall into one of the categories you select below. So you can see here we have albums, events, and faces to choose from. Let's go over to iPhoto and see where this information is coming from. So here in iPhoto, you can see I have a collection of photographs that are organized into events as well as an album or two that I have created, and under Faces, I have taken advantage of iPhoto '09's face recognition technology where you can find photos based on who appears in them.

So here in iTunes, I can now choose to copy photos to my iPod based on the albums, events, or faces. So I'll choose let's say all of the faces, I'll choose my travel album, and maybe Late 2008, and let's pick some events here as well. Notice that a number appears next to each item I check, telling me how many photos are going to be copied over. So that's basically it. All I've to do now is click Apply. It might also be labeled sync. If I had any photos currently on my iPod touch, they would be replaced with this current batch and that's fine in this case.

So I'll click Replace Photos, and now all of my photos are being copied over in my iPod. Now just so you know, when you copy photos to your iPod, iTunes will actually optimize them for the iPod before transferring them over. Basically since most cameras these days are taking anywhere from 7 to 12 to 15 megapixel images, you probably don't want these huge files taking up space on your iPod, where you're only going to be displaying them on the iPod screen. Even if you're connecting your iPod to a TV, there's still no need to have a large file version of your images on your iPod, so iTunes will compress the images so they don't take up that much space.

But if you use your iPod nano or Classic as a portable hard-drive and you'd like to have the full resolution versions of your images available in case you want to print them or copy them onto another computer, there is an option available, not here on the iPod touch, but let me select my iPod nano and choose Sync Photos. You can see we have the option of Include full-resolution photos. That will place a copy of the full- resolution photo into the Photos folder on your iPod. So you'll still be able to look at the optimized version when you view the photos on your iPod's screen, but the full-resolution versions will show up in the iPod's Photos folder when you connect it to a computer.

Just make sure that you have Enable disk use checked here on the Summary page. I am not going to apply any of those changes I just made, reselected my iPod touch and yes, it looks like my photos have synced to my iPod touch. Let's go and see what that looks like. Here on my iPod touch, I can now navigate into photos, and view the photos I copied over. As you can see, I can navigate by the albums I created, as well as with events and faces, and these are all just as they appeared in my iPhoto library on my Mac.

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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 31m 45s
    1. Opening iTunes for the first time
      3m 20s
    2. Exploring the Source pane
      4m 49s
    3. Using the playback controls
      6m 33s
    4. Setting general preferences
      3m 21s
    5. Exploring the interface differences in the Mac and Windows versions
      7m 14s
    6. Setting parental controls
      4m 39s
    7. Using keyboard shortcuts
      1m 49s
  3. 57m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 58s
    2. Importing from a CD
      5m 41s
    3. Entering song info manually
      8m 40s
    4. Finding and adding album artwork
      6m 41s
    5. Adding lyrics to songs
      4m 2s
    6. Dragging in song files
      6m 32s
    7. Converting single files
      2m 24s
    8. Using the Automatically Add to iTunes folder
      5m 0s
    9. Joining tracks
      4m 46s
    10. Importing videos
      4m 35s
  4. 25m 44s
    1. Consolidating your library
      4m 8s
    2. Upgrading to iTunes Media organization
      2m 29s
    3. Extending your library
      4m 47s
    4. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 38s
    5. Finding duplicate songs
      3m 56s
    6. Moving a library
      7m 46s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Browsing
      6m 34s
    2. Searching
      1m 52s
    3. The Snapback button
      1m 18s
    4. Rating songs
      2m 7s
    5. Exploring playback options
      9m 35s
    6. Creating playlists
      5m 53s
    7. Creating Smart Playlists
      7m 13s
    8. Creating playlist folders
      2m 55s
    9. Shuffling and repeating
      3m 4s
    10. Using iTunes DJ for party playlists
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Equalizer
      7m 1s
    12. Using the Visualizer
      4m 20s
    13. Using internet radio
      3m 27s
  6. 20m 6s
    1. Sharing over a network
      5m 6s
    2. Turning on home sharing
      4m 2s
    3. Burning discs
      6m 54s
    4. Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express
      4m 4s
  7. 38m 46s
    1. Store overview
      3m 29s
    2. Creating an account
      3m 28s
    3. Browsing for content
      4m 2s
    4. Searching for content
      3m 29s
    5. Purchasing content
      7m 32s
    6. Purchasing gifts for others
      3m 44s
    7. Redeeming iTunes gift certificates
      1m 15s
    8. Using the Genius sidebar and creating Genius playlists
      5m 50s
    9. Using the Ping social network
      5m 57s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Finding and subscribing to podcasts
      6m 50s
    2. Listening to and interacting with enhanced podcasts
      2m 12s
  9. 27m 38s
    1. Managing your iPod
      7m 21s
    2. Syncing music and movies
      7m 16s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Syncing photos from a Windows computer
      3m 2s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 5s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Windows computer
      3m 3s
  10. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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