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iPod Navigation

iPod Navigation

To sum up this article in a few words right here, right now, I would say, “Don’t forget to take your iPod the next time you go on a trip!” No, I’m not saying this because I immensely care about your “on the road” entertainment, but instead I want you to experience your iPod driving you around. Sound confusing? Perfect! Okay, let me go further. Today, I am going to show you how you can use your iPod as a navigational device.

This smart little trick should work on your iPod Video, iPod Nano or iPod Photo. First, we are going to use the Web site www.iPod-directions.com. This site is essentially an online tool that exports online road map instructions from the Internet and prepares them to be imported onto your iPod. Needless to say, once you have the directions handy on your iPod, the only excuse for you still losing your way just better be something else!

Now, say you have to go driving from point A to point B in a city that you are visiting and you don’t know the way. How do you figure it out? You simply go to www.iPod-directions.com and search on the map. Then you download the map and then import it to your iPod for later use. Sound good? I thought it might, so let’s get started with this.

Let’s go to the Web site. The first step is to search for the route using the form given on the main page. In the example given here, I am trying to find my way from the Goldwater Memorial Hospital to 281 Main Street in the middle of New York City.

After entering the information, click on the “Verify Directions” button to preview your route. A new window will pop up with the route or if you have entered some incorrect information, it will prompt you to enter new information.

This Web site uses the Yahoo! maps engine and brings you the visual route on the map, as well as, written directions, as you can see in the screenshot below.

If the information presented to you in the map is correct, you can move forward to the next step. The second step is smooth like butter. You just need to click on the “Get Directions” button on the main page and it’s going to prompt you to download a zip file. Now, this is the file that you need to extract and import to your iPod. From here on out, you just extract the contents of the zip file to your iTunes photo folder (or any other folder where you put such downloaded things) and sync it with your iPod.

To sync it, connect the iPod to your computer. If this is the first time you are doing this, go to iTunes, Preferences and click the iPod button. Click on the photos button and make sure the “Synchronize Photos From” checkbox is selected. From the pop up, select the folder that contains the photos that you extracted from the zip file. Once you click OK, these items will be transferred to your iPod.

This operation is pretty simple and after doing it a couple of times, it should be extremely easy. No more getting lost on your road trips! When it comes to your iPod, all the streets have names, no matter what anyone else might say!

~ Yogesh Bakshi

P.S. – Make sure you stay tuned the rest of this week, because the rest of the “Building Your Own PC” series is coming soon!