iTunes is a lot of things to a lot of people. But for millions of people, iTunes is primarily the loading dock for an iPod. Once connected to the Mac, the iPod is ready to accept whatever you want to give it.
This chapter is dedicated to that concept of iPod as Satellite to Your Computer. All you need is the FireWire or USB 2.0 cable for the connection that gets songs and files off the mother ship and onto the ultraportable, ready-to-go iPod. And if you have an iPod Shuffle model, you don't even need the cable; the player itself plugs right into the USB port.