5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 12, 2013 5:57 PM by rockmyplimsoul
steve75 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Why am I only able to download my entire music library instead of selected songs?  Is the only way to create a playlist?  Thanks.


Windows XP
  • 1. Re: I can't download only selected songs to my iphone 5 only all of my music
    serenitynow1 Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    select "manually manage music" for your iphone settings within itunes and just drag and drop the songs you want into your phone.

  • 2. Re: I can't download only selected songs to my iphone 5 only all of my music
    Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (25,950 points)

    A playlist is the easiest way, but you can also go to the Music tab in iTunes and check the songs, albums, artists, playlists, etc that you want on the phone.

     

    You can create a single playlist and drag all of the music you want on the phone to it, then just sync that one playlist. Any time you want to change the music on your phone just add or delete from the playlist and re-sync.

     

    You can also use manually manage, as suggested, but I personally think it's much more work than the playlist.

  • 3. Re: I can't download only selected songs to my iphone 5 only all of my music
    serenitynow1 Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)

    well to each ihis own.. but how exactly is it more work... in both cases, you have to manually select the songs you want. however, in manually managing music, not only do you get the effect of playlists, you also save space by not storing 100s of songs you may never listen to.

  • 4. Re: I can't download only selected songs to my iphone 5 only all of my music
    Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (25,950 points)

    Syncing a single playlist and only putting the songs you want in the playlist does not store 100's of songs you don't want on the phone. It only puts the songs in the playlist on the phone. You can update the playlist at any time without having to connect the phone to iTunes. So you can plan ahead what you want on the phone, like prepare next week's playlist in advance.

  • 5. Re: I can't download only selected songs to my iphone 5 only all of my music
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    The other disadvantage to manually managing that I see is that if you ever have to Restore the iPhone (and you will someday) you'll have to remember which songs you had previously loaded when you get the iPhone up and running.  Restoring your backup won't put these songs back onto your iPhone.

     

    But if you define what you want on your iPhone with one or more playlists in your library, and then auto-sync to those playlists, then they're always available and you don't have to re-create anything should you ever need to Restore.  You'll still have to re-load them, but at least you don't have to try to figure out what you had loaded before.

     

    The other issue with manually managing is that you lose the bi-directional sync of ratings and play history.  It sounds like it used to work with the iPhone (unlike every other i-device) but it appears that functionality is no longer supported.  But if you auto-sync to a playlist, etc. then you always keep this information backed up to iTunes.