You can watch a short video tutorial from Apple that shows you how to download audio to an iPod. You can also learn how to import audio from a CD, buy from the iTunes Store, make playlists, sync with the computer, and access audio on the device.
Besides getting audio from CDs and the iTunes store, you can download audio from the web. Once downloaded, drag and drop the file from your desktop to an iTunes playlist. iPods can play audio in these file formats: MP3 (.mp3), AAC (.m4a), AIFF (.aif), WAV (.wav), and Apple Lossless (.m4a).
Sources for downloadable audio content:
- Internet Archive: Audio Content
- Audio - Creative Commons
- SpokenText.net: Free online service that converts text to speech. It gives you an MP3 file you can load on iPod.
- Wikipedia - Spoken Articles
- iPod won't play Ogg format. Convert to MP3 using Windows software. Mac users can convert to AAC or MP3 inside of iTunes after installing this plug-in.
- American Rhetoric: Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century
- The Free Information Society - Historical Sounds
- Also see Podcasting for many free sources of audio.
Listen to iPods #11: Artwork & Lyrics to learn about adding an image and text to an audio file.