Brand new to iPods and MP3s in general - help please!

Discussion in 'iPod' started by hannahjsmith, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. hannahjsmith macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2008
    Hi there! I am totally new to MP3 players in general and am trying to get my head around what I would need. I would like to buy the iPod Shuffle (from the apple website). What else would I need to buy with it e.g. for charging etc? Do I need the docking station too? Or can I just charge it from the computer and not need anything else?

    I have read about needing Mac OS? What is this? Would I need to download it on my computer? I have Windows Vista Basic.

    Can I download music from other sites apart from apple?

    Thats probably it for now, but there might be more questions!

    Many thanks for any assistance given.

  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    everything you need comes with the ipod. just download itunes on your computer and you're good to go.

    you dont need osx for itunes if you have vista

    as far as songs, you can buy them from the itunes store or burn your cds to your computer and add them that way

    hope that helps
  3. NotFound macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2006
    Welcome to civilization. :) The only thing you will need if you go with the Shuffle is iTunes on your computer. You can download that from Apple's website. Your iPod shuffle will charge directly from your computer so no need for anything else.
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Just plug it into a USB port to charge.

    Mac OS is the operating system for Macintosh computers. You cannot download it. You can only use it (legally) on a Mac. You should be able to use Windows instead of Mac OS X.

    As long as it's unencrypted MP3 or AAC. It cannot be encrypted Windows Media...
  5. atluten macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2008
    Charging is through the included dock that comes with your shuffle. Just plug your shuffle into the dock and the dock the the computer via USB and it should start charging.

    You do not need to have Mac OSX to do this but you will have to download iTunes in order to put music on the shuffle. You can download the program here:

    As for adding music, yes you can download songs from other sites and add them to iTunes. Amazon has a music store that is like iTunes own music store. Cheers.
  6. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2007
    The iPod comes with a USB adapter for power and syncing songs

    Windows system requirements
    PC with USB 2.0 port
    Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
    iTunes 7.4 or later3

    You can get music from other places - ie: CDs, and other sources ; )
  7. Mr Skills macrumors 6502a

    Mr Skills

    Nov 21, 2005
    It will charge when it's plugged into the computer, although you can always get a separate charger if you want.

    Mac OS is the equivalent of Vista on a Mac. Most people round here will tell you it's much nicer but don't worry, you don't need it to use an iPod. It will work fine with Vista.

    Some sites sell music that works only on certain brands of player. If you are not using Apple's iTunes Store, then you need to use sites that are "DRM-Free" (for example Amazon MP3).

    One important thing to remember: you actually keep all the music on your computer, in iTunes (which is a kind of music juke box program). The iPod just carries around a portable copy of that music. So if you are going to have 4GB of music on your iPod, then you also need 4GB free space on your computer.

    Hope that helps! :)
  8. divinemercy macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    seems like everyone has answered you're question! All you need is the Ipod and the charger cable which comes with it. And iTunes is free to download and works on windows. Btw, iTunes is the program you use to add and remove songs to your ipod. These songs can come from anywhere. Itunes, cd's you have, online downloads, etc.

    Since you seem new to these things obviously, thought i might see if you had already checked online for the best prices on ipods? Like ebay? I dunno how old you are so you might need your parents help....

    Here's one from apple that is referbished (means that its used but apple has checked it out to make sure it is ok. includes a 1 year waranty). Saves you 50 bucks...

    ebay has hundreds going on all the time, but they look about the same price without the waranty:

    Good luck!
  9. hannahjsmith thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2008
    Hi everyone - thanks so much for your replies! Its exactly what I wanted to hear!

    I have looked around at prices and I think I am going to buy from a known store (rather than ebay) because I have read of some fakes being sold.

    Many thanks again!
  10. divinemercy macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    I don't blame you, but like I said check out those refurbished ipods from Apple. They are shipped directly from the company, and are guaranteed by apple for a year.


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