Use an iPod as a USB drive ?

Marian Petrides mpetrides at earthlink.net
Tue May 9 15:10:36 EDT 2006


Uh, Alex, the info is actually right there on the website and  
(mirabile dictu!) right there in the manual--which Mac users are, of  
course, notorious unlikely to do.

The following is a direct quote from the iPod Nano user's manual (aka  
Features Guide) which I found on Apple's support website under the  
Manuals tab.

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Using iPod nano as an External Disk
You can use iPod nano as an external disk to store and download data  
files.
Note:  To download music and other audio files to iPod nano, you must  
use iTunes. For
example, you won’t see songs you download with iTunes in the  
Macintosh Finder or in
Windows Explorer. Likewise, if you copy music files to iPod nano in  
the Macintosh
Finder or Windows Explorer, you won’t be able to play them on iPod nano.
To enable iPod nano as an external disk:
1 In iTunes, select iPod nano in the Source list and click the  
Options button.
2 Click Music and select “Enable disk use.”
When you use iPod nano as an external disk, the iPod nano disk icon  
appears on the
desktop on the Mac, or as the next available drive letter in Windows  
Explorer on a
Windows PC.
Note:  Clicking Music and selecting “Manually manage songs and  
playlists” in the
Options window also enables iPod nano to be used as an external disk.  
Drag files to
and from iPod nano to copy them.
Options button

If you use iPod nano primarily as a disk, you might want to keep  
iTunes from opening
automatically when you connect iPod nano to your computer.
To prevent iTunes from opening automatically when you connect iPod  
nano to your
computer:
1 In iTunes, select iPod nano in the Source list and click the  
Options button.
2 Click Music and deselect “Open iTunes when this iPod is attached.”
Options button

On May 9, 2006, at 1:29 PM, Alex Tweedly wrote:

> Thomas McGrath III wrote:
>
>> I do this all of the time.
>>
>> In iTunes you have to turn on the use as hard drive option in  
>> case  you didn't know.
>>
> Thanks to Tom, Ian and Marian. If only Apple had actually said this  
> on their web site (I may have missed it, but I had a good look -  
> over an hour today - trying to find a straightforward statement  
> that this can be done).
>
> I came across a reference that said "I wish iPod could do this like  
> other MP3 players and let you just copy files over like you do to  
> any USB drive", which left me unsure that it could work that way.
>
> Thanks again.
>
>
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