Removing songs from a manually managed iPod
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: How do I remove music from my iPod, yet keep it on iTunes? My iPod capacity is full and I want to take some music off of it but keep it in my iTunes library. If I click on the ‘Music’ section underneath my iPod it shows the music on it. I unchecked the ones that I don’t want, but now when I go to the ‘Options’ section it shows that the ‘Sync only checked songs’ button is greyed out, so I cannot click that. From what I’ve gathered online, apparently I’m supposed to uncheck the ‘Manually manage music’ button, HOWEVER, when I do that it gives me a warning that says ‘All existing content on the iPod will be replaced with content from your iTunes library.’ What does this mean? Is it safe to uncheck the box, and it won’t delete my music?
A: The Sync only checked songs option only applies when automatically synchronizing your music with your iPod, which is why it is greyed out when you’re operating in manual mode.
To remove music when managing your iPod content manually, you simply need to open the Music section under your iPod, locate the tracks you want to remove, and delete them manually in the same way as you would remove them from your library.
Since you’re working directly with the content on your iPod, removing tracks from here will remove them directly from the iPod and leave the version in your iTunes library untouched. Similarly, since you’re managing the content on your iPod manually, removing tracks in your iTunes library would likewise leave the copy on your iPod in place unless you also specifically deleted it.
Essentially, when you’re managing the content on an iPod manually, iTunes treats it as an entirely separate library with no real association to your iTunes library. You can drag and drop music and playlists onto the device in iTunes, but this is simply copying them from your library to your device, not creating any kind of link between the two.
If you’re using automatic synchronization instead of manual mode, then the iPod mirrors your iTunes library, subject to the content and playlists you’ve selected and the Sync only checked songs setting. In this case, you could enable that setting and uncheck songs in your main iTunes library in order to remove them from your iPod during the next automatic sync.
For more information be sure to check out our Beginner’s Guide to iTunes.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Families fight in court over missing teen’s iPhone data
- Court allows police to force woman to unlock iPhone with Touch ID fingerprint
- Coach reportedly releasing bands for Apple Watch
- Invoxia adds Amazon Alexa to Triby
- Apple provides more details on new Apple Music API
- Apple Music for Android adds music videos, Family Plan support
- Icahn pulls out of Apple over China concerns
- Apple launches CareKit, with four apps debuting today
- Alleged schematics for iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ show up in Japanese magazine
- Nintendo bringing Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing to iOS
- August Doorbell Cam
- August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled + Smart Keypad
- ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled smart Wi-Fi thermostat
- Zagg Now Cam
- Yantouch EyE Portable Wireless Speaker
- Netatmo Wind Gauge
- Incipio Stashback for iPhone 6/6s
- Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with HomeKit support
- ClamCase ClamCase Pro for iPad mini 4
- Brydge BrydgeMini II Keyboard for iPad mini 4
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 9.2
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3
- Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app
- Inside the betas: What’s new in iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 (Updated)
- Life with HomeKit: Our experiences with Apple’s home automation system
- Under the Radar: 10 ‘hidden’ details about the new Apple TV
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.0
- Under the Radar: A closer look at smaller iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus changes
- A First Look at iOS 9’s Transit in Apple Maps (Updated for watchOS 2)