One of the lesser-known features of the Apple® iPod is its ability to display text notes on its LCD display. I specifically use this feature quite often to keep my cueing notes for summer festival shows. When traveling from venue to venue I only need to bring my iPod, which not only contains that night's set list, but the specific cue notes for each song. In most of those situations the lighting rig is completely different from night to night so having generic notes about each song is handy especially when programming time is limited.

The process of inputting notes into an iPod varies slightly depending on which generation iPod you are working with but all methods are simple. There are various third party software programs that allow you to create different types of notes and easily transfer them to the iPod. The newer generation iPods have a specific “Notes” section while the earlier versions use the “Contact” database to store individual notes.