This iPod FAQ including all tips and solutions to the general iPod problems, if you are new iPod user, it would help you know iPod fast. It works for all series of iPod including iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPod Classic and iPod Shuffle, even the iPhone. Here is the index of this iPod FAQ:
1. How to reset and restore iPod
2. How to download and convert YouTube video to iPod for free
3. How to convert DVD and video to iPod with Windows
4. How to convert DVD and video to iPod with Mac
5. How to manage multiple iPods on one computer or transfer music between iPods.
6. How to transfer music, video, pictures from iPod back to computer and iTunes
7. How to reformat iPod on Windows and Mac computer
8. How to connect iPod to TV and watch iPod video on TV
9. How to download and convert Limewire video to iPod
10. How to put PDF file and electronic book on iPod
11. Where to download free music, video and movie for iPod
12. Where can I found some cool themes for iPod touch and iPhone
13. How to install applications on iPod Touch and iPhone for free
14. How to hack iPod Nano to play games and video
Reset iPod: Toggle the Hold switch on and off. Press and hold the Menu and Center (Select) buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 8 seconds.
Restore iPod: Open iTunes, and then connect your iPod to your computer using the USB or FireWire cable that came with your iPod. After a few moments, your iPod will appear in the Source panel in iTunes. Select your iPod in the Source panel and you will see information about your iPod appear in the Summary tab of the main iTunes windows. Click the Restore button. You will be prompted with one or more restore options that may prompt iTunes to automatically download the latest iPod Software.
Step1. Open this website: http://vixy.net . Then go to YouTube and find a video that you love. Copy the video URL that in the Red box. Like this format: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdUUx5FdySs
Step2. Paste your video file URL to the input box, select 'MP4 for iPod/PSP' as the output format, then wait for the conversion, this flv converter can also help you rip YouTube video to MP3 audio.
Step3. When the conversion finished, we got the download link of the output video. Click it to download the video and save in your computer, then open iTunes and drag the video into your iTunes library, sync your iPod, done.
For more online video converter alternatives, you can refer to this 18 Free Online Converters List.
iPod can only play MP4 and H.264 video, but DVD movie is MPEG-2 video and CSS protected, you need an application to rip DVD and convert video to MP4 video, and then sync it to iPod via iTunes. I strongly recommend this All-in-one iPod Converter Suite; it can rip protected DVD movie and convert limewire, YouTube video, AVI, MPEG, WMV, MOV, FLV, XviD video to iPod. And from my tests, it fully supports all series of iPod including iPod Touch/Nano/Classic/Video. You can also use it to convert video and youtube video to mp3 for iPod.
Step1. Download and install iPod Converter Suite, run the DVD to iPod Converter, click 'Load DVD' to browse your computer and load the DVD files.
Step2. Click the 'Format' combo-box to select one according to your iPod name, and then select the subtitle, audio you prefer and start the conversion.
Step3: Open iTunes and click 'File' to add your converted videos, plug in your iPod to computer, then iTunes will detect your iPod as a device. Select your iPod device on the left panel of iTunes, click 'Movies' tab, check the videos you want to sync and click 'Apply', done. For detailed steps, you can refer to this step by step guide about how to convert DVD and video to iPod.
As for Mac user, I'd recommend iPod Converter Suite for Mac to you, the operation steps are similar to above, so I am not repeat here. It has two versions for both Intel Mac (16.19MB) and Power PC Mac. For more info about it, here is a step by step guide about how to convert DVD and video to iPod on Mac.
Actually, you can manage more than one iPod on the same computer.
Method1. Create multiple accounts on one computer, one account for each person to log in OS and sync his/her iPod with iTunes.
Method2. Set your iPod to 'Manually manage music and video', and then create a new iTunes playlist for each iPod that contains all the music and video that you want to send to that particular iPod.
As for transferring music between different iPods, you need a special application to do that, I have tried a program named iPod2iPod, it can successfully transfer my friend's iPod music to my iPod, and here is a guide about it:
Sometimes, you lost your iTunes library, or your computer crashed and you have to format your computer, but the songs and movies are still on your iPod, you may want to copy them from iPod back to computer. And this part will help you. The tool you need is iPod to computer transfer, you can download it free from here, it's about 5.2 MB. It also supports iPhone. Before you run our program, please be sure you have installed iTunes on your computer.
Step1. Download and install iPod to computer transfer, after your iPhone/iPod connected to pc, Launch the program you will see the right UI. Normally, the program will search the device automatically; the files (songs/movies/pictures) will be shown in the list.
Step2. Choose the list and files you want to transfer, Click the Start Transfer button.
Step3. After you clicking the Start Transfer button, the following window will pop up; you can choose transferring to computer or iTunes directly. You can set the output fold at settings option before transferring.
Done. If you are Mac user, you may try this Mac iPod to computer transfer, the operation steps are similar to the windows version, so I'm not repeating here.
For more iPod Transfers alternatives, you can refer to this side-by-side iPod Transfer Review.