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How to Erase an iPod

If your iPod has become too cluttered and you're looking for a fresh start, restore its memory like when it was new.


  • Step 1: Open iTunes and connect iPod Open iTunes and connect your iPod to your computer using either a USB cable or a Firewire.
  • Step 2: Select iPod Select your iPod form the iTunes window, and then click on the Summary tab at the top of the screen.
  • Step 3: Click Restore Click the Restore button and select one of the four restore options from the system prompt.
  • TIP: Once you select an option and the process begins, all the data stored on your iPod will be lost forever, but your iTunes library will not be affected.
  • Step 4: Enter iTunes name and password Enter your iTunes name and password when prompted, if you are a Mac user.
  • Step 5: Wait Wait for the iPod to finish formatting itself, which may take several minutes.
  • TIP: A progress bar on the iPod screen will allow you to monitor the amount of time remaining.
  • Step 6: Follow iTunes setup Follow the prompts from iTunes and set up your iPod as if it were brand new.
  • FACT: Did you know? A third of Americans under the age of 29 have an iPod or MP3 player, while only 13 percent of Americans over the age of 50 own a music device.

You Will Need

  • A computer
  • Your iPod
  • The latest version of iTunes
  • A USB cable or Firewire

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