Thanks all for the input, i do appreciate the time people take to reply but although i am computer literate - my literacy relates to stuff i use and this is outside of that. As per velomaniac, the jargon confuses me - i now understand what rip means (thanks) but what is -
rinse you battery
I have earphones for the iPod but really i have no idea what they are - they were more expensive than ordinary ones is all i know - apologies for my complete ignorance on this subject.
Have a great weekend everyone - the sun is out in Norn Iron - i might take pics!!!!
If all you want to do is listen to music on you iPod, I wouldn't worry too much about all the tech jargon. You can always learn as you go along (that's probably how we all started out anyways)
Sync just means transferring music from your iTunes library to you iPod. Download the latest version of iTunes, once you have some music you have ripped you just select which songs/albums you want to put on there hit the sync button and ITunes will do the rest.
Rinse you battery isn't really a technical term, rather something I say. Basically the higher the Bitrate the more power your device will use, meaning less time in-between charges.
Critical Listening can be all manner of things, listening for subtle changes on different recordings, different bitrates, differences between one Headphone and another etc.
The most important thing is enjoy your music. I personally think the more you get wrapped up in quality the less you're enjoying your music to some degree, on the other hand a better recording/rip will enhance your listening experience. So finding the right balance for your ears/the kit you are using is key, and then just get on with listening.
If you get stuck with iTunes a quick YouTube search will show you much better than I can describe in words.
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