You don't need to eject your iPod before you disconnect the USB cable from your computer if:
- You use an iPod touch. You never have to eject an iPod touch.
- You see a message that says Charging.
- You see a message that says "OK to disconnect."
- You see the iPod main menu, where you select Music, Settings, or Extras.
- The LED light on your iPod shuffle is solid amber or solid green.
You need to eject your iPod before you disconnect the USB cable if:
- You see a message that says "Do not disconnect."
- You see a message that says Connected, Eject Before Disconnecting.
- You see a message that says "Sync in Progress, Please Wait."
- The LED light on your iPod shuffle blinks amber.
- You turned on the "Enable disc use" option for your iPod in iTunes.
- You turned on the "Manually manage music and videos" option for your iPod in iTunes.
How to eject your iPod
- In iTunes, locate and view your iPod.
- From the sidebar on the left-hand side of the iTunes window, click the eject icon, or press the Command and E keys on your keyboard.
- Your iPod ejects.
If you can't eject your iPod
If you can’t eject your iPod in iTunes, try these steps.
- Open a Finder window.
- From the left sidebar, under Devices, click the iPod icon.
- From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose File > Eject "[Your iPod's name]."
- In the notification area, click the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon.
- In the menu that appears, select your iPod.
- In the Search box, type Settings, then click Settings in the results.
- Click Devices.
- Click Connected devices.
- Under Other Devices, find your iPod.
- Click Remove Device, then click Yes to confirm.
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