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How to Use VoiceOver to Sync Your iPod

The sync options are the same or similar for each iPod model, but some models offer additional options. For example, the iPod nano, iPod classic, and iPod shuffle offer an extra sync option called Enable Disk Use, which lets you use your iPod as a disk drive.

With the VoiceOver option, an iPod shuffle speaks song titles and artist names, a menu of playlists for you to choose from, and the status of your battery charge. (With a third-generation iPod shuffle, you need the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic or the In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic to use VoiceOver to navigate playlists.)

You can enable VoiceOver for an iPod shuffle in iTunes when you set it up or enable it on the Summary sync options page when you synchronize your iPod shuffle.

To enable VoiceOver, sync your iPod shuffle to iTunes. The Summary page of sync options appears — you may have to scroll it to see all the options. Under Voice Feedback, select the Enable VoiceOver check box to turn it on (or deselect it to turn it off).

With an iPod shuffle, you also have the option to choose the language you want from the Language pop-up menu. This sets the language for spoken messages and playlist names, as well as many of the song titles and artist names. Finally, click the Apply button to apply these settings.

You can also enable VoiceOver for an iPod nano by clicking the Configure Universal Access button at the bottom of the Summary sync options page, and then clicking the VoiceOver option.

The iPod touch offers VoiceOver as part of the accessibility features to make it easier to use for people with visual, auditory, or other physical disabilities. (You can turn the accessibility features on or off by choosing Settings→General->Accessibility from the Home screen.) It works by telling you about each element on the screen as you select it.

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