4 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2009 6:30 PM by animalnurse01
animalnurse01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is it possible to add only certain songs from itunes to your ipod without erasing your whole ipod?

Thanks in advance!

Inspirion, Windows XP Pro
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    Yes you can manage your iPod manually and drag whatever songs you want onto it from your library:
    Managing content manually on iPod and iPhone

    Something to be aware of when using an iPod in manual mode is that the "Do Not Disconnect" message will remain on the display until you physically eject the device: Safely Disconnect IPod

    Alternatively another method you can use to auto-sync your iPod with iTunes is "Sync Music - Selected Playlists". Syncing selected playlists is just like syncing your whole library only on a smaller scale and more "selectively". This is particularly useful when your library is larger than the capacity of your iPod. When your iPod is is set to sync selected playlists it automatically picks up any changes you made to that playlist in iTunes since you last connected. Anything you added to the playlist will be added to the iPod, anything you deleted from it will be deleted from the iPod. In other words the iTunes playlist and the iPod are kept "in sync".

    Open iTunes and create a playlist to update your iPod from, call it -My iPod for example (the dash will position it at the top of the playlists in Sources). Drag whatever content you want to have into the playlist. Now connect your iPod and when it appears in the Source list click on the iPod icon to bring up the preference tabs in the main pane. Go to the Music tab and choose Sync Music and the Selected playlists radio button. Choose the playlist you just made from the selection and click Apply. You can also sync from any existing playlists by choosing the same setting, you just need to make sure that the size of the playlists don't exceed the capacity of your iPod: Syncing Music to iPod
  • animalnurse01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi, thanks for answering my question! But just to be sure, when I do this it WILL NOT erase all my other songs from my ipod, right?

    Thanks again!
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    Changing your iPod to manual using the instructions in the link above will not erase anything from your iPod.
  • animalnurse01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thank you thank you thank you!!!