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Is it possible to permanantly delete a track from my library but keep it in a playlist?

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Is it possible to permanantly delete a track from my itunes library but keep that track in a playlist?

iPod (5th generation), Windows XP
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,955 points)

    Yes, but not necessarily a good idea. If your iPod is lost, stolen or damaged you won't be able to recover the files.


    If you delete files from Windows Explorer rather than from the iTunes interface then next time iTunes tries to access them the entries will be flagged with an exclamation mark. You won't be able to play them, edit properties or add them to any new non-smart playlists. If you automatically sync your device then iTunes will complain that certain files could not be copied as they could not be found, but if they are already on the device they should be left alone, at least for an iPod. Certain builds of iTunes would have purged such files from an iPhone and there is the possibility that the behaviour could change again with each new build of iTunes, so should not really be relied upon



  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,955 points)

    Ah, just make a playlist (or indeed several) for the things that you do want on your iPod and then sync that (or those).


    If it is a question of stuff that you want to keep in your library but might choose to listen to very rarely, e.g bonus interview tracks or holiday songs you can exclude them from shuffling, or uncheck them so they are all but ignored.




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