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Problems Copying Music to Your iPod in Windows 8

You won't find the word iPod mentioned in the Windows 8 menus, help screens, or even in the Help areas of Microsoft's website. That's because Microsoft's competitor, Apple, makes the tremendously popular iPod. Microsoft's strategy is to ignore the little gizmo in the hope that it will go away.

What won't go away, though, are the problems you'll face if you ever try to copy songs onto an iPod with Media Player. You face two hurdles:

  • Windows Media Player won't recognize your iPod, much less send it any songs or videos.

  • When you plug in your iPod, Windows might recognize the slick gadget as a portable hard drive. It may even let you copy songs to it. But your iPod won't be able to find or play them.

The easiest solution is to download and install iTunes software from Apple's website. Because iTunes and Media Player will bicker over which program can play your files, you'll probably end up choosing iTunes.

Also, keep checking Windows Store for iPod management apps. Third-party companies will eventually fill the void.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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