10 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2012 3:25 PM by turingtest2
Steve Zodiac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Hi all,

 

I have two iPods and I want to sync them both to my iTunes, but on one of the iPods I only want to sync two of the ten playlists that I have set up.

 

I want all the music files in all the playlists to sync with both iPods, whether they're in playlists or not, it is just the lists themselves I don't want to sync.

 

(So merely un-ticking all songs in each playlist I don't want to transfer won't work, because that also prevents the original music files being loaded into the iPod.)

 

Is there any way to choose which playlists get transferred, please?


MacBook Pro 15, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: Can one choose which playlists to sync?
    roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (90,765 points)

    You can select whatever you like.

     

    Open itunes, connect ipod, go to music tab, select what you want, sync.

  • 2. Re: Can one choose which playlists to sync?
    Steve Zodiac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Yes, I knew that. I know how to sync music; I've done that loads of times.

     

    I thought I'd been specific enough in my phraseology when I asked the question but...

     

    All that I want not to appear on one of my iPods are the playlist names. I want ALL the music to transfer, I just do not want the names of the playlists to appear under 'playlists' on one of the iPods.

     

    I don't really want to delete the playlists in question from iTunes either, because I want them to still be there when I sync the other iPod; the one I do want them to appear on.

     

    Another way would be to delete the playlists from the iPod itself, once they're actually on the iPod, of course, but as I understand it one cannot delete anything from a free-standing iPod.

  • 3. Re: Can one choose which playlists to sync?
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,595 points)

    It's everything or selected playlists. So make one playlist with the rule Playlist is Music and sync just that playlist. Not quite what you were after but nearly so.

     

    tt2

  • 4. Re: Can one choose which playlists to sync?
    Steve Zodiac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Thanks. As you say, not ideal, but...

     

    What I ended up doing in the end was exporting to my desktop the playlists I didn't want to transfer while I synced the iPod I didn't want them on, and then re-imported them back for the one I do want them on. The trouble is, I will have to repeat that procedure for each sync...

  • 5. Re: Can one choose which playlists to sync?
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,595 points)

    Hardly sounds better than my suggestion. If you're going to put some playlists on the device, but not others, then what's wrong with creating one more playlist to catch all the stuff that you want on the device but isn't in of the other aforementioned playlists? Will take you seconds to set up and will work every time there after with no further effort required.

     

    tt2

  • 6. Re: Can one choose which playlists to sync?
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)

    Why not simply not look at the playlists on the iPod?

  • 7. Re: Can one choose which playlists to sync?
    Steve Zodiac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    No, it's not all that better. But one point in it's favour is that it doesn't add another playlist to the iPod I don't want extra playlists in.

     

    The thing is, this particular iPod is for someone who isn't very 'computer savvy', and the reason I wanted to delete playlists in the first place was to simplify it for them. (You weren't to know that of course.) Adding another playlist, as you might imagine, doesn't assist that cause.

     

    Doing it my way, while it makes more work for me when I sync, achieves the objective of reducing the number of playlists.

  • 8. Re: Can one choose which playlists to sync?
    Steve Zodiac Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Yes, good idea. But I sort of 'sold' the idea of an iPod to my friend on the back of the concept of 'having your own private radio station, but without the adverts and the DJ interrupting all the time.' (ie. Playlists.)...

  • 9. Re: Can one choose which playlists to sync?
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)

    (Pretty sure this will not sync the playlist but only the music in that playlist)

    To do what you want (all music, no playlists) turn off Sync music.

    In iTunes select a playlist and select all the music in that playlist and drag it to the iPod.

    Do the same for the other playlist.

  • 10. Re: Can one choose which playlists to sync?
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,595 points)

    In that case call the extra playlist "! Ignore Me" or "ZZZ Ignore" so it sorts either first or last and explain that it being there makes it easier for you to manage the content for the device (which is true).

     

    tt2