This is a quick reference guide for your iPod mini to help you discovering the options and the features of this iPod.

The first thing you have to do after you buy an iPod is to install the software from your iPod CD; this installation will help you import songs from your computer or from your CDs to your iPod. The CD will install iTunes software from Apple and this is the only way you can import tracks into your iPod.

Let us start with the buttons; iPod mini has the following buttons: Menu button, Hold switch, Previous/Rewind button, Click Wheel, Select button, Play/Pause button and Next/Fast-forward button. It has also a Dock connector port, Headphones port and iPod Remote port.

The Click Wheel and the Select button are used if you want search through songs, to play them, to change settings, to navigate through onscreen menus and to see information.

If you want to skip to the next song you have to press the Next/Fast-Forward button. If you want to listen to the previous song you have to press twice the Previous/Rewind button. The iPod mini allow you to skip into any point of a song, to do that you have to press the Select button from the Now Playing screen and then scroll to the point to want in the track. You have to press the Previous/Rewind button if you want to play again a song. To rewind or to fast/forward a song to have to press and hold the Previous/Rewind button or the Next/Fast-Forward button depending on what you want to do.

iPod mini can play songs in a random order, if you want to shuffle the tracks all you have to do is to select from the main menu the option Shuffle Songs. If you have a lot of favorite songs and you want to listen to them over and over, iPod mini has the possibility to do that. From the main menu select the Setting option and you will see 2 options: to repeat all songs in the list or to repeat a song over and over. The first option is going to play all the songs again and the second option only one song.

Its annoying when a song is lauder than the previous one (this happens because they wore recorded to different types of volume) and you can set iTunes to adjust the volume to all the songs in your iPod. To do that you have to open the Edit menu and select the Preferences option if you are using a Windows operating system or open iTunes and the Preferences option is you have a Mac. Select the Click Effect option and then click on the Sound Check option.

The iPod mini turns on by pressing any button. If you want to select an item from the menu you have to press the Select button and if you want to go back to the previous menu you have to press Menu found on the Click Wheel. If you want to turn off or on the backlight you have to select the option Backlight from the main menu or press and hold Menu. You can set the Hold switch to Hold if you don’t want to press any buttons accidentally on your iPod mini.

The iPod mini gives you the possibility to listen to the songs you want in the order you want. This feature of the iPod mini is called On-The-Go playlist, to do this type of playlist fist you have to highlight the song you want and to hold and press the Select button until you see the title of the song flashes. The iPod mini will play the tracks in the order you select them and to view the playlist to have created you have to go to Select Music > Playlist and select On-The-Go. It you are happy with the playlist you have created and you want to listen to it, you have to follow the same step as above but when you see the On-The-Go playlist you have to select a song. You can delete songs from the playlist by highlight them and by holding down the Select button until you see the track flashing. If you want to make a new playlist and you want to delete the existing one from the On-The-Go menu you have to select Clear Playlist option.

For your iPod mini to work in the right way you have to connect it to your computer only in a USB 2.0 port or to its Dock. The iPod will recharge from the USB port and when you are transferring music from your computer to iPod you will se the message “Do not disconnect”, this message will disappear after the transfer is complete. Do not disconnect your iPod if you see that message.

iPod mini is your favorite mp3 player and you have to take good car of it. You can clean the outside but also the inside of your iPod mini. To do this you have to use a soft sloth and a lint-free one. Do not try to use alcohol, solvents, aerosol sprays or abrasives when you are cleaning it.

We hope that this quick reference guide will help you understand better how your iPod mini works and now you know how to use it in a safe way, to make playlsit, to delete them and to enjoy it better.