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How to Pause Live Radio and Tag Songs on iPod nano (5th and 6th generation)

The iPod nano (5th and 6th generation) comes with a built-in FM radio that lets you pause live radio and tag songs, which you can later preview and purchase in the iTunes Store.

Pausing Live Radio

You can pause a radio broadcast and then resume playing the broadcast from the time you paused the station, up to 15 minutes later. While the radio is playing, press the Play/Pause button on the Click Wheel from any screen on the iPod (5th generation) or tap Play/Pause on the touch screen on iPod nano (6th generation). A progress bar will appear, with an arrow indicating the time at which you paused. You can either resume play from the time you paused or you can move forward or backward along the progress bar.

Live Pause is cleared under the following situations:

  • You change radio stations.
  • You turn off your iPod.
  • The battery is low and needs charging.
  • You exit the radio to play other media content or use other features on the device.
  • You have paused the radio for more than 15 minutes without resuming play.

To conserve battery life on your iPod nano (5th generation), you can choose to disable Live Pause from the Radio menu.

To conserve battery life on your iPod nano (6th generation), you can choose to disable Live Pause. From the Home screen, tap Settings > General, then tap "On" next to Live Pause to turn it off.

For more information and details on Pausing Live Radio, refer to your iPod User Guide.

Tagging Songs to Sync to iTunes

If you are listening to a radio station that supports iTunes Tagging, you can tag a song you hear so you can preview and purchase it later on the iTunes Store. Songs that can be tagged are marked with a tag icon next to the song title or on the Now Playing screen.

Here's how to tag a song on iPod nano (5th generation)

  1. If the radio station you are listening to supports iTunes Tagging, check to see if there's a tag icon by the song title.
  2. Press and hold the Center button on the Click Wheel until a menu appears.
  3. Choose Tag and press the Center button. Tagged songs will appear in the Radio menu under Tagged Songs.
  4. When you sync your iPod to iTunes, the tagged songs will be removed from the device, but will appear in iTunes. You can now preview them and purchase them in the iTunes Store.
  5. In iTunes, click Tagged (below Store on the left side of the iTunes window) and click the View button for the songs you want to preview or purchase.

Here's how to tag a song on iPod nano (6th generation)

If the radio station you are listening to supports iTunes Tagging, check to see if there's a tag icon on the Now Playing screen for that song.

Tap the icon in the lower-left corner of the Now Playing screen. Your tagged songs appear in the Radio menu under Tagged Songs. The next time you sync your iPod to iTunes, your tagged songs are synced and removed from the iPod. They appear in iTunes where you can preview and purchase them from the iTunes Store.

Note: This feature may not be available with all radio stations.

To preview and purchase tagged songs in iTunes

  1. Sync iPod nano with your computer.
  2. In iTunes, click Tagged below Store on the left side of the iTunes window.
  3. Click the View button for the song you want.
  4. To preview the song, double-click it or click the Preview button.
  5. To buy the song, click the Buy button.

If the radio station doesn't support tagging, you can also see a list of songs you listened to recently. You can use this information to find the song and purchase it. To see recent songs, tap the "i" icon on any Radio screen and tap Recent Songs. You will see the song title, artist name, and the radio station that played the song.

For more information and details on Tagging Songs to Sync to iTunes, refer to your iPod User Guide.

Additional Information

iTunes Tagging is currently available in the United States and Europe on radio stations that support iTunes Tagging.

For more information on how to use the FM radio on your iPod nano (5th generation), refer to pages 57 through 65 of the iPod nano (5th generation) User Guide.

For more information on how to use the FM radio on your iPod nano (6th generation), refer to pages 38 through 43 of the iPod nano (6th generation) User Guide.

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