Currently Being ModeratedJun 25, 2012 10:37 AM (in response to pamela203)
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
Currently Being ModeratedJun 25, 2012 12:48 PM (in response to turingtest2)
Thanks so much for answering - I'm thinking that I didn't ask my question too clearly, or perhaps, I don't have enough experience to understand your answer! I'd like to take some tracks off my itunes library list that I have put in their own playlist. I don't want to hear these tracks if i'm playing through my itunes library list on my ipod, so I am thinking that maybe I can delete from library list but still play them from the playlist on my ipod. I will still have the original cd if I at some point, want to re-add them to my itunres library list...still not a god idea?? Thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 25, 2012 1:02 PM (in response to pamela203)
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.