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How to Set The Alarm Clock on Your iPod

Every iPod with a screen has a clock to help you keep track of the time, an alarm to remind you of important events or prevent you from oversleeping, and a sleep timer that will automatically turn off your iPod after a set interval.


If you have a Fifth Generation iPod (iPod with video) or iPod nano, your clock is actually a World Clock; you can create multiple clocks set for different cities around the world, each with its own alarm. The Fifth Generations also have a stopwatch for you FitSugar types.

For tips on how to use the time features in your iPod, just

  1. Select Extras > Clock > Alarm Clock. Fifth Generation iPod and iPod nano users, choose Extras, choose any clock, then choose Alarm Clock.
  2. To enable the alarm clock, choose Alarm to toggle the selection to On.
  3. To set the alarm time, choose Time, then scroll the Click Wheel to set the time that you want the alarm to sound.
  4. To choose a sound source, choose Sound, then choose Beep to play the alarm through the internal speaker, or choose a playlist to play music from it.

Once you set an alarm, you'll see a bell icon appear on the right side of the screen in the Clock menu, or next to that clock's time display with a Fifth Generation iPod. If you set a Beep alarm, the alarm sounds briefly and will turn itself off after it sounds. If you set a playlist alarm, the music will start playing when the alarm goes off and continue until you press the Play/Pause button to pause it.

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screammylungzout screammylungzout 8 years
yeah...i definitely prefer the sound of my own music when i wake up.
luv_my_junk luv_my_junk 9 years
I am getting an alarm clock for my Hubby gor his iPod for Christmas...he just sets his iPpod in the cradle and he can wake up to his fave playlist, and it retails for about 80 bucks. There are a few different versions and brands to choose from. It also charges it while he sleeps. I'm excited he won't be hitting the snooze button to that horrible BEEP, BEEP, BEEP anymore! :)
Tech Tech 9 years
To hear the music alarm, you'll need to have your headphones on or...which seems slightly silly...or you'll have to connect a pair of speakers to the headphone jack of the iPod. As for knowing your iPod generation, it's essentially based on when you purchased it, as Apple has released new, improved models every year. Check out IpodReview for a chart with images. Just play the "where's waldo?" game until you find your iPod.
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