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This chapter is from the book

Controlling an iPod Mini

If you don't have an iPod mini, skip to the section titled "Looking at the iPod's Menus and Screens."

The main controls on an iPod mini are all located within the Click Wheel (see Figure 3.3).

Turning an iPod Mini On

To turn an iPod mini on, press the Click Wheel in any location or press the Select button. You'll see the Apple logo on the iPod mini's screen, and after the iPod mini starts up, you'll see the main menu.

Figure 3.3Figure 3.3 The controls on the iPod mini are all on the Click Wheel.


In this section, you'll just get information about controls that are different between the two models. When you understand this, you can read about the menus and screens that are the same for the two models.

Choosing an iPod Mini's Language

The first time you turn an iPod mini on, you'll immediately move to the Language selection screen that you use to choose the language in which your iPod mini will display information. To choose a language, slide a finger or thumb clockwise on the Click Wheel to move down the language list or counterclockwise to move up the list. When the language you want to use is highlighted, press the Select button to choose it. You will then move to the main menu. You only have to do this the first time you turn an iPod mini on or if you reset it.

Making Selections on an iPod Mini

The previous paragraph about selecting a language gives you the general idea of how you control an iPod mini. Now, let's give you a very specific idea of how you move around your iPod mini to make it follow your commands.

The iPod mini is based on menus on which you make choices. To make a choice on a menu, you slide a finger or thumb clockwise on the Click Wheel to move down the current menu or counterclockwise to move up on the current menu. As you move up or down, a different command on the menu will be highlighted. When the command you want to use is highlighted, press the Select button to choose it. If the command is for another menu, that menu will appear. You can then move up and down that menu to choose another command. If the menu provides a list of songs, albums, or other categories, you can use the same process to select and play an item, such as a song.

To move back to a previous menu, you press the Menu button.

You'll learn the specific menus and screens you will use later in this chapter. For now, just understand how to move up and down the iPod mini's menu structure.

Using the iPod Mini's Click Wheel

The iPod mini's Click Wheel is kind of cool because it contains both the wheel that you use to move up and down the menus and the various buttons you use to control the iPod mini. These buttons are located at each 90-degree point around the Click Wheel. To use a button, you simply press down on its icon on the wheel. The button will click and the action it represents will happen.


Why it is called a Click Wheel, I don't know. The wheel doesn't move, your finger or thumb moves around the wheel. Perhaps Apple should have called it the Click Pad to be more similar to the iPod.

Because there isn't a clear delineation between locations on the wheel, you don't have to be precise when you press a button. Press down close to the button's label on the wheel and you will likely get the expected action.

Changing Volume

When a song is playing, you control the iPod's volume by sliding a finger or thumb on the Click Wheel clockwise to increase the volume or counterclockwise to decrease it.

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