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Q: Is it possible to put music onto one iPod from two computers? If so how would I do this?

- Martin

A: If you choose to manually manage your music (iPod preferences, Music tab, check Manually Manage Songs and Playlists), you copy music from your iTunes music library to the iPod by dragging songs, albums or playlists onto the iPod icon. If you connect the iPod to another computer, you’ll be able to do the same thing from the iTunes music library on the other computer.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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Posted by kiwipete on July 28, 2005 at 9:12 PM (CDT)


i have a 40 gig ipod and my computer recently broke. Unfortunately my playlists and all my music is on the computer. my old computer was a pc, and the new one i have purchased is a mac. so i was wondering if there is any way to get songs off my ipod and download them in my new computer. or if there is anyway to even download them onto another pc.

Posted by surfridr47 on July 29, 2005 at 11:22 PM (CDT)


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Posted by stravisjr on July 30, 2005 at 12:58 PM (CDT)


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Posted by Chloe Christ on July 31, 2005 at 1:20 PM (CDT)


I have purchased an album from itunes and would like to play it on my phone (Nokia 6230i). The album is protected, any suggestions?

Posted by papagolf on August 2, 2005 at 7:15 AM (CDT)


Is there any way to automatically detect which songs I have copied from my computer onto my ipod and which I haven’t—and then automatically copy the songs onto my ipod that aren’t there already?  THE CATCH, HOWEVER, IS THAT I DO NOT WANT TO SYNCH MY IPOD AND MY COMPUTER FOR AUTOMATIC UPDATING, B/C MY IPOD HAS A BUNCH OF SONGS THAT MY COMPUTER DOESN’T HAVE AND I DON’T WANT TO ERASE THEM.  (Long story, but my wasn’t working so now I’m using a different computer, and I have forgotten which CDs I’ve loaded onto the computer but NOT added to my ipod.)

Posted by thelioness on August 4, 2005 at 1:50 AM (CDT)


I’m trying to transfer my iTunes from my desktop PC to my labtop (im using XP on both computers). is there anyway i can transfer all the songs to my labtop without using an external hard drive, for instance, saving it onto a DVD (seeing as it hold 4.7 GB which is alot more than just a regular CD-R)? I have 9 GB of music on my iTunes folder.
Your response is greatly appreciated.
Thank you,

Posted by cuzimworthit07 on August 5, 2005 at 1:21 AM (CDT)


I am looking for a good book regarding ipod…any suggestions?

Posted by arielb on August 5, 2005 at 7:30 PM (CDT)


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Posted by maxluke on August 6, 2005 at 11:47 AM (CDT)


I want to know why I do not have the facility to upload CD right onto my Ipod. It should be on the import CD, but I do not have this.

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Posted by Hardeep J on August 6, 2005 at 1:50 PM (CDT)


my ipod is formatted to mac however I have a great deal of songs on my pc is there any way to combine the two formats?

Posted by caligari33 on August 6, 2005 at 11:45 PM (CDT)

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