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Copying audiobooks to iPod

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Friday, September 17, 2010
Articles Categories: Ask iLounge, iPod nano

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Q: I have an iPod mini that I just want to put an audio book on - I don’t want to sync all of the music, just the book. How do I do that?

- Judy

A: The simplest way to do this is set your iPod to manually manage your content. This will prevent any media content from syncing onto your iPod automatically. You can then drag and drop the audio book on specifically.

To enable manual mode, connect your iPod to your computer, open iTunes, select the checkbox beside Manually manage my music on the Summary screen in iTunes, and then click the “Apply” button.

Once this setting is saved, you can drag-and-drop the audiobook from your iTunes library directly onto the iPod icon to copy it over.

Alternatively if you still want to keep automatic synchronization enabled for whatever reason—perhaps to keep the book’s playback position in sync between iTunes and your iPod, then you can simply disable synchronization of all other types of content on the appropriate iPod sync screens in iTunes, ensuring that only “Books” is selected. In iTunes 9.1 or later, audiobooks are synchronized separately from music and these settings are controlled on a separate panel where you can choose the specific titles that you want to sync.

In earlier versions of iTunes, audiobooks were synced from the Music tab, in which case you will need to create a playlist containing the audiobook that you want to sync and then enable only that playlist for synchronization within the “Music” sync options.

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1

I bought a movie from Itunes but then i deleted it, can i still download it for free or do i have to pay again?

Posted by Mike on September 20, 2010 at 12:52 PM (PDT)

2

Hi! I just got an iphone 3GS, and I have a question. I recently downloaded music onto the ipod…How do I get it to stop playing?

Posted by Jennifer Webster on September 22, 2010 at 9:38 PM (PDT)

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I just bought emerica stay gold on itunes and it doesn’t work on my ipod touch.  Is there a way to fix this?

Posted by Elliott on September 24, 2010 at 8:00 AM (PDT)

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Hi. I have the first generation iPhone and I use it as an iPod. I recently just put a passcode on it and I guess I didnt type in what I thought I did, so it is now disabled. How can I unlock it if I don’t know the password?

Posted by Aj on September 28, 2010 at 3:37 PM (PDT)

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