3 Replies Latest reply: May 23, 2008 1:42 AM by Tattenbach
jguerra Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I would like to know if its possible to delete just a music or another file from ipod classic without using itunes. If I try using itunes I just can syncronize all the library, if I try just a file the rest is deleted too. Thanks

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  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    *I would like to know if its possible to delete just a music or another file from ipod classic without using itunes.*

    No you can't delete directly from an iPod you have to connect to your computer and iTunes.

    *If I try using itunes I just can syncronize all the library, if I try just a file the rest is deleted too*

    How you delete content from your iPod depends how you have it set to update:

    If you are updating automatically (syncing) all songs and playlists then delete the files from the iTunes library. In the iTunes Library highlight the file and press the delete key on your keyboard. If you're updating the iPod from a selected playlist delete the song from the playlist and it will remain in the library. Next time you connect they will deleted automatically from your iPod.

    You can also update your iPod manually and delete manually. If you are updating manually, connect your iPod and when it shows in the iTunes 7 source list click on the chevron (the little triangle) to the left of the iPod icon This will display the various icons for the iPod itself, Music, Movies, TV Shows and Playlists. Click on Music and you'll see the usual song list. Find the files on your iPod that you want to remove, highlight them and delete directly as above by pressing the delete key on your keyboard.

    To select multiple items such as all the songs in an album, click on the first track in the list hold down the shift key and click on the last track to highlight the selection. Then press the delete key.

    To summarise, you start by highlighting the song/video/selection in either the iTunes library or on the iPod song list as displayed in iTunes then press the delete key on your keyboard: Deleting songs or playlists from your iPod
  • weary Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi. Can you help? If you can only delete from the ipod when the data is still resident in itunes on the hard drive, does that mean you have to keep that data on your computer indefinitely otherwise you cannot remove it from your ipod?
    I have a classic 160gb but my hard drive is 80gb.
    Is the only solution to keep copies of the relevant tracks on another external drive so they can be re-imported into itunes in order to delete from the ipod?
  • Tattenbach Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
    If you can only delete from the ipod when the data is still resident in itunes on the hard drive, does that mean you have to keep that data on your computer indefinitely otherwise you cannot remove it from your ipod?


    This is NOT what Zevoneer said. You do NOT need to keep the data in your computer (or external hdd) so you can remove it from the ipod. If you delete the selection (keeping it or not in your computer/external hdd) from your itunes playlist it would be deleted from the ipod once you sync again.

    EDIT: In any case keeping an additional backup of your music/videos/pictures/etc currently in your ipod is never a bad idea, in case you trash it from your ipod one day. I mean, if they are important for you.