3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 10, 2010 10:25 AM by Zevoneer
mherman39 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
When I click on the iPod icon, and then select the Summary tab, the only option I'm given is "open iTunes when iPod is attached". The "Sync only checked songs..." option is there in gray, but can't be selected. I'd like to sync the library to the pod, but don't want a good portion of the library's content loaded up. Any ideas?

HP, Windows Vista
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    Do you have the iPod set to "Manually manage music"? If you have then the sync option will be greyed out as syncing items (having iTunes add them automatically) and manually managing them by drag and drop are the opposite of one another.

    Another method you can use to auto-sync your iPod with iTunes is "Sync Music - Selected playlists, artists and genres". 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, artists and genres 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

    Using unchecking to manage an iPod is an option (and works fine when you are working with a small number of specialised tracks such as Christmas songs that you want to keep off the iPod during the year for example) but only if you can live with the other things unchecking does:
    Unchecking is not selective, an item is either checked or it's not so it affects all the playlists an item might appear in.
    Unchecked songs will be skipped when playing songs from the library or a selection. They will only play when individually clicked on.
    Smart Playlists have an option that unchecked songs won't appear.
    Unchecked songs will not be burned to CD.
    Genius and iTunesDJ will not use the songs that are unchecked.

    Basically unchecking is a way of telling iTunes to ignore the item and exclude it from other automatic features.
  • mherman39 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks, I saw a similar explanation in an earlier thread. One question though, if I'm dragging playlists in, will I then have to access the music through the playlist menu on the iPod. Will I not be able to select Artist on the iPod and scroll down through alphabeticaly?
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    *if I'm dragging playlists in, will I then have to access the music through the playlist menu on the iPod*

    If you are syncing selected playlists you won't be dragging them, iTunes will add them automatically. That's the difference between managing manually (drag and drop) and syncing (add automatically)

    *Will I not be able to select Artist on the iPod and scroll down through alphabeticaly?*

    You'll be able to access the contents of the playlist through the usual iPod menu items such as Artist, Album etc.