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Syncing photos from a Windows computer

From: iTunes 10 Essential Training

Video: Syncing photos from a Windows computer

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 them 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 Windows machine to your iPod. I have my iPod touch attached to my PC and with it selected, I'm going to go to the Photos tab and all I have to do here is check Sync photos from and then select where I want my photos to come from.

Syncing photos from a Windows computer

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 them 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 Windows machine to your iPod. I have my iPod touch attached to my PC and with it selected, I'm going to go to the Photos tab and all I have to do here is check Sync photos from and then select where I want my photos to come from.

Now, you can only sync your photos from one location on your PC, so it does matter where you store the photos you want to have copied to your iPod. You can choose your My Pictures folder, which you can see that if you go to the Start menu, and to Pictures, that's your Pictures folder right there, and you can see in here I have three folders of images for my trips to Australia, Southern Nevada, and Taiwan. Sample pictures is the folder that appears here by default. So if I go back to iTunes, I'll keep my picture selected. Now, if you do have them in another location, you could click Choose Folder to choose that location, but my photos for this example are in My Pictures.

So, by default, all of my folders within the My Pictures folders are going to sync with my iPod. Or I can choose Selected Folders Only and that lets me choose which folders of images I want to copy to my iPod. So maybe I only want to copy my Australia and Taiwan photos over. But that's basically it. Now, I click Apply. If you already have photos on your iPod, you might see this message telling you that the photos you're currently syncing over are going to replace the ones that are already on your iPod. I'm okay with that in this case. So I'll click Replace Photos, and now my photos are being copied over to my iPod. Now, when you copy your photos to your iPod, iTunes will actually optimize them for the iPod before transferring them over.

You can see here it says optimizing 2 of 12. Basically, since most cameras these days are taking anywhere from 7 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 these photos on your iPod's screen. Even if you're connecting your iPod to a TV, there's still no need to have the large file versions 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 as a portable hard-drive and you want 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.

It's not available on the iPod Touch but let me select the nano and go to Photos, and here I'll choose Sync Photos, and you see here we have an option called Include full-resolution photos. With that checked, copies of the full- resolution versions of your photos will be copied into the Photos folder on your iPod. So you'll still be looking 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 under the Summary tab, Enable disk use is selected. But that's basically it.

I can see that my photos are now synced over to my iPod. So let's see what that looks like. So here on my iPod, I can tap photos, and right here, you can see that my Australia and Taiwan photos have been copied over. The photos inside those folders are now available to view on my iPod.

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iTunes 10 Essential Training

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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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