6 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2014 11:26 AM by Niku
Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

My first loading failed, so I have to try again by first deleting all the songs now in my IPod. How do I do it without disturbing any songs in my iTunes library?


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  • sheila_m. Community Specialists Community Specialists (3,275 points)

    Hello Niku,

     

    Thank you for the question.  You can remove all the songs from your iPod nano by performing a restore.  Use these steps:

    How to restore iPod

    1. Verify that you have an active Internet connection, because you may need to download new versions of the iTunes and iPod Software.
    2. Download and install the latest version of iTunes if necessary.
    3. Open iTunes. Connect your iPod to your computer using the USB or FireWire cable that came with your iPod.
    4. After a few moments, your iPod will appear in the Source panel in iTunes.
    5. Select your iPod in the Source panel. You will see information about your iPod appear in the Summary tab of the main iTunes window.
    6. Click Restore.
    7. If you are using a Mac, you will be asked to enter an administrator’s name and password.
    8. A progress bar will appear on the computer screen, indicating that stage one of the restore process has begun. When this stage is done, iTunes will present one of two messages with instructions specific to the iPod model you are restoring.
      • Disconnect iPod and connect it to iPod Power Adapter (typically applies to older iPod models).
      • Leave iPod connected to computer to complete restore (typically applies newer iPod models).
    9. During stage two of the restore process, the iPod displays an Apple logo as well as a progress bar at the bottom of the display. It is critical that the iPod remain connected to the computer or iPod power adapter during this stage.
      Note: The progress bar may be difficult to see, because the backlight on the iPod display may be off.
    10. After stage two of the restore process is complete, the iTunes Setup Assistant window will appear. It will ask you to name your iPod and choose your syncing preferences, as it did when you connected your iPod for the first time.

    Restoring iPod to factory settings

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1339

     

    Thank you for using Apple Support Communities.

     

    Best,

    Sheila M.

  • Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    My God! I knew it was something I couldn't do without help, but I had no idea that it was so difficult and complicated a process. Well, I have printed your instructions, and will try to put them to use as soon as I summon up the courage and energy that it will take. I do have to say, though, that the required process does make me think of buying another second-hand Nano ton avoid this ordeal. Thanks for your help, though.

  • 1-800 I need help Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    HI there, this is not as hard as Sheila posted. You DO NOT have to restore an ipod to get all the songs off. Just make sure you have itunes installed on your computer, plug in the ipod, open up the pop up on itunes that will appear stating your ipod name, go under "On this ipod" section, find all your songs, highlight them all, right click, then delete, and like magic, they will all be removed from your ipod, without disturbing them ON itunes. Hope I helped, ~Samuel

  • deggie Level 9 Level 9 (50,780 points)

    It is actually much easier to accomplish than the description. Connect your iPod, wait for iTunes to open, click on the name of your iPod (top right if you are using the latest iTunes) then in the summary page click on Restore. From then on just follow the directions on screen. You won't have any problems.

     

    The suggestion by 1-800 will only work if you are manually managing your music. If you are autosyncing you have one more alternative, you can open the Music tab (after clicking on the name of your iPod) and in the Music tab window untick the box for syncing music, then click Apply at the bottom right of the window. This will leave your name on the iPod.

  • Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    This all started when I wanted to reorganize the library in my old iPod. I didn't know how, so I decided that it would be easier to just buy another iPod and load it the way I wanted. Really! That's how much I try to avoid things like this. I bought a used iPod for a great price, but I made the same mistake with it, and its library is not the way I want it either. So, now I have two problems:

    1. Delete all songs from both iPods.

    2. SELECTIVELY load songs in both iPods. To start, all I want to do is to load one iPod with three or four Playlists.

     

    My main "problem" is to make sure that I only download the songs I want to download. I don't want any songs to be downloaded without my permission. I had thought that the way to do this was to remove the checkmarks in my iTunes library from all songs except for those I wanted to download. In other words, I thought that only checkmarked songs would be downloaded. Apparently, this is incorrect.

     

    You have told me how to clean my iPod (I haven't yet tried). Can you now tell me the easy (hopefully) steps for loading only the songs of my choice?

     

    Addendum: I might add that I am part way through the process of restoring my old iPod. It seems to me that I should check "Sync only checked songs," but those words are grayed out.

     

     

    Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 9.31.37 AM.pngThis all started when I wanted to reorganize the library in my old iPod. I didn't know how, so I decided that it would be easier to just buy another iPod and load it the way I wanted. Really! That's how much I try to avoid things like this. I bought a used iPod for a great price, but I made the same mistake with it, and its library is not the way I want it either. So, now I have two problems:

    1. Delete all songs from both iPods.

    2. SELECTIVELY load songs in both iPods. To start, all I want to do is to load one iPod with three or four Playlists.

     

    My main "problem" is to make sure that I only download the songs I want to download. I don't want any songs to be downloaded without my permission. I had thought that the way to do this was to remove the checkmarks in my iTunes library from all songs except for those I wanted to download. In other words, I thought that only checkmarked songs would be downloaded. Apparently, this is incorrect.

     

    You have told me how to clean my iPod (I haven't yet tried). Can you now tell me the easy (hopefully) steps for loading only the songs of my choice?

     

    Addendum: I might add that I am part way through theb process of restoring my old iPod.

     

    Message was edited by: Niku

  • Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    Sorry for not replying earlier, but there was so much going on on different posts that I forgot about you. Also, the method of just using the RESTORE button solved my problem perfectly. Anyway, thank for your help. It seems like Sheila's way is the worst possible way to accomplish my goals.