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Archived - iPod: Storing and reading notes

iPod isn't just for music—you can also store and read up to a thousand text notes.

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To put text files onto iPod, it must first be enabled for use as a hard disk.

1. Save a document in any word-processing application as a text (.txt) file.

2. In the Macintosh Finder or in Windows Explorer, drag the file to the Notes folder on iPod.

Tip: Every word processor has a different way to save a text (sometimes known as ASCII or plain text) file. Check the manual or online help for your word processor. The example pictures below are for TextEdit in Mac OS X and WordPad in Windows XP.

In TextEdit: From the Format menu, choose Make Plain Text and then save the document.

In WordPad: On the File menu, click Save As. Then from the Save as type menu, click Text Document and then save the document.


To view notes on iPod, choose Extras > Notes.

Additional Information

The Notes feature is available on iPod models that have a dock connector. This includes iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod (5th generation), iPod mini, iPod (with Dock Connector), and iPod (Click Wheel) models.

Long notes are truncated on your iPod
Identifying different iPod models

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Mar 28, 2014
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