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Newbie to Mp3 - ipod/iTunes help request

After getting some advice on which ipod to buy (i ended up going with the 8gb Nano), and some help for iTunes, I spent the past week loading most of my cd's to iTunes and then my ipod.

I've got a few more questions.
1) Do I need to retain all the music i downloaded to my ipod on my Mac in iTunes? It appears so, since my iPod is updating with iTunes each time. Does this update just pick up new addtions or also update for what may no longer exist in iTunes?

2) Can mp3 files be edited (i.e. on my mini disc player, i was able to edit out parts of a song that I didn't like, such as long intro, by recording ony what I liked), is it possible to edit out parts of an mp3 file?

3) With an ipod, can you retrieve music from other sources other then an iTunes? Are there any other free sources of music that I can download music from? If so what are some options? What fomrat do the songs need to be recored in? Do I need to download those songs to iTunes first?

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A few answers

In reply to: Newbie to Mp3 - ipod/iTunes help request

1. Yes, you need to retain all the tracks that are on your iPod, in iTunes. iTunes and the iPod do a comparison and either Remove tracks from the iPod that are no longer in iTunes
Add tracks that are in iTunes but not on the iPod

2. Only with using a 3rd party editor

3. Any source that offers MP3 or unencrypted WMA can be used to add to your iTunes library.
Just download the track and select Add to Library in iTunes

Hope this helps


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what are some 3rd party editors?

In reply to: A few answers

thansk for your responses. Can you also recommend any third party editors?

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A Google search will turn up dozens

In reply to: what are some 3rd party editors?

Put "mp3 editor for windows" (no quotes) into Google and go from there.

Free is good. You might also have to download an app called Lame which allows MP3 editing. Also free


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