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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 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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