You can transfer purchased RealPlayer Music Store files, MP3 files, and AAC files from RealPlayer to the iPod, the iPod Nano, the iPod Shuffle, and the iPod Mini.
If you already have iTunes installed, it can cause some conflicts with RealPlayer and your iPod. To avoid these conflicts, we recommend setting up your iPod to be compatible with RealPlayer:
- Update RealPlayer
- Install the iPod software and iTunes
- Update iTunes
- Activate your iPod
- Turn off automatic song updating and podcast updating in iTunes
- Enable disk use in iTunes
- Attach the iPod and open RealPlayer
Step 1: Update RealPlayer.
For best results using iPod with RealPlayer, make sure you have the latest version of RealPlayer installed. Do not connect your iPod yet.
Step 2: Install the iPod software and iTunes.
The installation experience may vary depending on your version of the
iPod and iPod software. If you encounter any problems during these
first six steps, please contact Apple Technical Support.
1. Make sure that your iPod is not connected to your computer.
2. To see if the iPod software has been installed yet, click Start and go to Programs.
- If you see an item called iPod, you have already installed your iPod software. Stop here and make sure you have the latest version of iTunes.
- If you do not see this item, continue with these instructions.
3. Insert the CD that came with the iPod.
4. The Installation CD automatically begins to run. If it does not, open My Computer and double-click the CD drive that holds the installation CD.
5. Select your preferred language and click OK. Setup begins configuring the Windows InstallShield Wizard. When it is finished, a picture of your iPod appears.
6. Click Install.
7. Follow the on-screen instructions to register your iPod.
8. When the registration finishes, follow the on-screen instructions to configure your iPod.
9. When the configuration finishes, follow the on-screen instructions to install iTunes.
When the installation finishes, the screen disappears for a few moments
and then pops back up, asking you to restart your machine. Select Yes, I want to restart my computer now.
11. Click Finish. Your computer will restart.
Step 3: Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes.
1. Make sure that your iPod is not yet connected to your computer.
2. Click Start, and go to Programs > iTunes > iTunes.
3. When iTunes starts, click the Help menu and select Check for iTunes Updates.
4. If a new version of iTunes is available, you will be asked if you want to download it. Click Yes. This redirects you to Apple's iTunes download site.
5. Follow the instructions to download the iTunes installer.
6. When the download finishes, start the file to install the latest version of iTunes.
7. If prompted to do so, restart your computer.
Step 4: Activate your iPod.
Note: You will need to activate your iPod only once, the very first time you open iTunes with your iPod connected.
1. Connect your iPod to your computer.
2. Open iTunes.
Your iPod should be detected automatically by iTunes. If it is not,
turn off your computer, unplug your iPod when your iPod says it is safe
to do so, and restart your computer. When the computer has completely
restarted, plug the iPod back in and then open iTunes.
3. The iPod Setup Assistant starts.
4. Name your iPod and click Finish.
Step 5: Turn off automatic song updating and automatic podcast updating in iTunes.
The default setting of iTunes automatically synchronizes your iPod
library with the iTunes library, so every time you open iTunes with
your iPod connected, non-iTunes tracks are erased from the iPod. Podcast updating:
Newer versions of iTunes include an option to automatically update
podcasts. Unfortunately, this option disables the Music Store tracks on
the iPod. RealPlayer can transfer the tracks over, but the iPod cannot
play them once iTunes synchronizes with the device.
To avoid these issues, change both options from automatic to manual:
1. With your iPod connected, open iTunes on your desktop computer.
2. In iTunes, right-click the iPod image and choose iPod Options.
3. Place the dot next to Manually manage songs and playlists.
4. Click OK.
5. Within the iPod tab, click the Podcasts sub tab.
6. Place the dot next to Manually manage Podcasts.
7. Click OK and keep iTunes open for the next step.
Step 6: Enable disk use in iTunes.
versions of iTunes have disk use enabled by default. However, if you
have an older version of iTunes and disk use is disabled, RealPlayer
will be unable to detect your iPod.
1. With your iPod connected in iTunes, right-click the iPod image and choose iPod Options.
2. If Enable disk use is grayed out and already selected, skip the next steps and go to the next solution.
3. If the Enable disk use box is visible, check it.
4. If a warning box appears, stating that you will need to manually eject the device, click OK.
- Note: This message means that before unplugging your iPod from the computer, you must use the Eject Device feature of iTunes or RealPlayer, or the Microsoft utility called Unplug or Eject Hardware or Safely remove hardware. On Windows 2000 and Windows XP, all FireWire and USB devices must be disabled before you can unplug them.
5. Click OK.
6. Close iTunes.
Step 7. Attach the iPod to your computer and open RealPlayer.
1. Disconnect your iPod, then reconnect it to your computer.
2. If a window pops up asking what you want to do with the device, click Cancel.
3. Open RealPlayer.
4. Select the Burn/Transfer tab.
5. Click the drop-down arrow next to Current Burner/Device and select your iPod.
Your iPod is now configured for use with RealPlayer.