11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 25, 2006 8:43 PM by Santo
Constantine Level 1 Level 1
I have an ipod shuffle and i have this problem. When i transfer a cd to the shuffle, the songs are saved in the 'library' folder in itunes. And then, if i delete those songs in the library folder, itunes automatically delete those songs in my shuffle. my question is how to delete songs in my library without deleting songs from my shuffle? please let me know because I don't want to store a bunch of songs in my computer. thank you very much.

ipod shuffle, Windows XP
  • myk101 Level 1 Level 1
    if i read you right...you cant delete songs in the library without deleting it also in the shuffle...your shuffle relies files saved in the library...maybe you mean how to delete songs in your shuffle without deleting it from the library? if this is the case...you delete the songs in the shuffle by highlighting it and press delete...even after you delete it from the ipod shuffle it is still in the library...your shuffle cannot keep the files alone thru itunes...you must enable the disk use of your shuffle if you want to keep it "in" the shuffle...
  • Constantine Level 1 Level 1
    hello. I appreciate your help. what i meant is how to delete songs in library and still keep those songs in my shuffle. Itunes autofill from my 'library' to my shuffle, which mean if i delete songs in my library, itunes would automatically delete those songs in my shuffle. Get it? i have a mini and it different for the mini. i can manually add songs without that problem. please let me know. thank you
  • Gigi70 Level 1 Level 1
    I am having the same problem as Constantine. I have been to numerous Apple stores to explain this and no one was able to help. It doesn't make sense to clutter up your hard drive with MP3's when you can burn them to a CD. Why does Itunes delete songs off the Shuffle when you delete a song in your Library? It totally defeats the purpose. I have had MP3 players in the past(non Ipod) in which you can delete mp3's off the hard-drive WITHOUT affecting the MP3's on the player whatsoever. Why is it so hard to do this with the Shuffle? Thanks for your help,Rob. Sorry but very frustrated.
  • Cooperman12 Level 1 Level 1
    Wow, I'm so pleased that this has really annoyed others too! I do not understand what is so good about this shuffle I've bought over the equivalent MP3 players. The idea of needing to take up masses of space on the PC when you've already stored a song onto the shuffle is ludicrous. It strikes me that this is just lazy on the part of apple not to include the ability to operate more manual with the shuffle and only update what you need.

    Is there no software update that can change this on ITunes??

  • Clown Level 1 Level 1
    Switch off the auto fill function!.
  • Gigi70 Level 1 Level 1
    Doesn't help...
  • redwhite57 Level 1 Level 1
    i have same problem its because its apple,u need to buy
    a cd burner to store your songs before removing from
    library. i know its dumb.
  • Gigi70 Level 1 Level 1
    I just hope this issue gets corrected in the new version of ITunes. Or maybe a move to ANAPOD software is in order if Apple can't get it right.

    Shuttle 1 Gig   Windows XP Pro  
  • Jon Thornburg Level 2 Level 2
    Uh, the point is to leave the songs on your computer and build up your music library. If you're out of space I'd suggest upgrading your hard drive or adding a hard drive to your system.
  • joemama8 Level 1 Level 1
    There's a really helpful answer: "buy a bigger hard drive."

    Copywrong paranoia is the only 'explanation' that makes sense.

    troubleshooting time spent trying to get an IPod Shuffle
    to play EVEN ONE SONG: 20+ hours and counting ....
  • Santo Level 2 Level 2

    iPod shuffle does not have a manual mode like other iPod models. So, it is not possible to keep the songs in the iPod shuffle if the iTunes Music Library does not have the songs.

    Visit http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300657

    Post back if you have any questions.