iPod Playback Functions

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To access various playback functions, use the touch buttons on your iPod. The playback functions vary depending on the model of iPod that you own.

The touch buttons on iPod touch and iPhone models do these tasks for playing content items such as songs, audio books, podcasts, and videos:

  • Previous/Rewind: Tap once to start an item over. Tap twice to skip to the previous item (such as the previous song in an album). Touch and hold to rewind.

  • Play/Pause: Tap to play the selected item. Tap Play/Pause when an item is playing to pause the playback.

  • Next/Fast-Forward: Tap once to skip to the next item (such as the next song in an album). Touch and hold Next/Fast-Forward to fast-forward play.

  • Left-arrow button: Tap to go back to the previous menu.

  • Bullet-list button (playing music): Tap to view the contents of the album containing the song.

  • Menu button on front: Press once to go back to the main menu.

The buttons on full-size iPod models do these tasks for song, podcast, audio book, and video playback:

  • Previous/Rewind: Press once to start an item over. Press twice to skip to the previous item (such as a song in an album). Press and hold to rewind.

  • Menu: Press once to go back to the previous menu. Each time you press, you go back to a previous menu until you reach the main menu.

  • Play/Pause: Press to play the selected item. Press Play/Pause when the item is playing to pause the playback.

  • Next/Fast-Forward: Press once to skip to the next item. Press and hold Next/Fast-Forward to fast-forward.

The buttons and scroll wheel on full-size iPods can do more complex functions when used in combination:

  • Turn on the iPod. Press any button.

  • Turn off the iPod. Press and hold the Play/Pause button.

  • Disable the iPod buttons. To keep from accidentally pressing the buttons, push the Hold switch to the other side so that an orange bar appears (the locked position). To reactivate the iPod buttons, push the Hold switch back to the other side so that the orange bar disappears (the normal position).

  • Reset the iPod. You can reset the iPod if it gets hung up for some reason. (For example, it might get confused if you press the buttons too quickly.)

  • Change the volume. While playing a song (the display reads Now Playing), adjust the volume with the scroll wheel. Clockwise turns the volume up; counterclockwise turns the volume down. A volume slider appears on the iPod display, indicating the volume level as you scroll.

  • Skip to any point in a song, video, audio book or podcast. While playing an item (the display reads Now Playing), press and hold the Select button until the progress bar appears to indicate where you are, and then use the scroll wheel to scroll to any point in the song. Scroll clockwise to move forward and counterclockwise to move backward.

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