Sunday, April 20th, 2014

How to set the sleep timer on your iPod


A few nights ago I took the boys to football practice and we listened to Crazy Dave’s Star Wars episode in the car.  When we returned home we still had 15 minutes of the show left so I decided to try something new.  When I put the boys to bed I asked if they wanted to listed to the end of the show while they went to sleep and they, of course, gave me an enthusiastic yes.  So I got an old pair of Walkman speakers out of the garage and setup the iPod on their desk and turned it on after they were tucked in.

When I was a kid I used to love listening to the radio when I went to bed.  Being a geeky kid, I didn’t listen to the music, but to PBS programs, reruns of old radio shows, and Dr Demento.  With all the great content available for free on the internet I’ve decided that the occasional iPod night will be something fun for the boys, but my concern was how to limit the length.  A normal Crazy Dave’s Kid Show episode is almost 90 minutes. Thank goodness for Google.

Did you know your iPod has a Sleep Timer?  You can set it to turn off automatically in intervals of 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.  The directions couldn’t be easier.

To set the interval before iPod turns off, select Extras > Clock > Sleep Timer. Then select the time you want.

When you set the sleep timer, a clock icon and the number of minutes left until iPod turns off appear near the top of the Now Playing screen.

This should curtail any Crazy Dave all nighters and also save some juice in the battery so I can listen to my geek podcasts during the morning commute.

If you’re thinking of buying a new iPod, hold off until after Tuesday.  Apple is announcing changes to the iPod product line and the prediction is the iPod Touch will have its price reduced.

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One Response to “How to set the sleep timer on your iPod”
  1. Loretta-not the chicken:-) says:

    Thanks for the info. I’m thinking of getting my first iPod and maybe I’ll be able to find a good deal buying one from someone who is advancing to an iPod Touch.

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