iPods still need to be safely disconnected; here's how

As technology continues to improve and each year brings new iPods, one constant has remained - iPods still need to be safely disconnected from your computer.

With the recent announcement of the newest line of Apple's portable music player, iPod, it seems like a good time to go over one of the fundamental iPod safety tips. As technology continues to improve and each year brings new iPods, one constant has remained - iPods still need to be safely disconnected from your computer.

A recently updated Apple knowledge base article suggests:

When iPod is connected to a computer there are times when it should not be disconnected by simply unplugging the USB cable. In these cases, iPod must first be ejected before it can be safely disconnected.

Simply unplug
You may safely remove your iPod by simply unplugging the device if your iPod screen says, "Charging", "Ok to disconnect", the Main Menu is showing, or, if it is an iPod shuffle, the light is solid amber or solid green.

Be sure to eject
You must eject your iPod if you device says "Do not disconnect", "Connected, Eject Before Disconnecting", "Sync in Progress, Please Wait...", or, if it is an iPod shuffle, the light is a blinking amber.

To eject your iPod, simply select your iPod from the Device list in iTunes and press the eject button to the right of the iPod icon as shown below:

Safely eject your iPod in iTunes Screenshot by Apple

You can also eject your iPod from Finder. Simply launch a new Finder window and click the eject icon next to your iPod.

Tags:
Computers
About the author

    Joe is a seasoned Mac veteran with years of experience on the platform. He reports on Macs, iPods, iPhones and anything else Apple sells. He even has worked in Apple retail stores. He's also a creative professional who knows how to use a Mac to get the job done.

     

    Join the discussion

    Conversation powered by Livefyre

    Don't Miss
    Hot Products
    Trending on CNET

    HOT ON CNET

    Find Your Tech Type

    Take our tech personality quiz and enter for a chance to win* high-tech specs!