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Your iPod as Contact Manager

You can make your iPod act like a mini-PDA by having it store your contacts (addresses, phone numbers, etc.). If you’re on a Mac and you’re using Apple’s Address Book application (which comes with every Mac), it couldn’t be easier—just connect your iPod to your Mac (which launches iTunes). Click the Contacts tab in the iPod Preferences window. In the Contacts tab, turn on the Sync Address Book Contacts checkbox. You can choose to synchronize all of your contacts, or selected groups only. If you haven’t upgraded to at least iTunes version 4.8, you’ll have to open iSync from your Applications folder instead. (It’s easier to just update your iTunes, so go ahead and do that first.) If you’re using a Windows PC, when you turn on the Sync Contacts From checkbox, you’ll have to choose which program to synchronize with (Windows Address Book, Outlook, etc.) from the adjacent pop-up menu. If you haven’t updated your iTunes, it’s a little more involved, but it’s still easy. Once your iPod is connected, open your contact manager and then drag addresses (your vCards) directly from your contact manager into the Contacts folder on your iPod. (Note: To access the iPod’s Contacts folder, you’ll first have to set the iPod to act like a hard drive, which we covered earlier in this chapter.) Once you’ve loaded your contacts, you’ll access them the same way as mentioned above for Macs.

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