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Sorting tracks on the iPod Shuffle

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Q: Is there a way to pick what order your songs play in on an iPod shuffle in normal play mode? Right now it sorts it by artist.

- Brian

A: The iPod shuffle works a little bit differently from its larger-sized kin in the way that music is transferred and organized. Basically, when placing music on an iPod shuffle, you’re really just managing it like one big playlist of its own. You can therefore change the sort order of the music on the shuffle by any of the normal columns that you would sort a playlist by.

Simply connect your iPod shuffle and select it in the left-hand source pane in iTunes. You will see the normal summary screen, but at the top will be a tab to select “Contents” - simply choose this tab and you will see a list of all of the tracks on your iPod shuffle. To change the play order, simply choose one of the column headings to sort your tracks in that order.

Further, if you select the very left-hand column, this will return the content to a normal unsorted order. You can then drag-and-drop tracks into any order you prefer simply by highlighting a track and dragging it up or down in the playlist order.


Once you have the playlist on the shuffle organized in the way you’d like, simply right-click the shuffle in the source tree, and choose “Sync” and this play order will be transferred to your iPod shuffle.


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Posted by red_boxster in Toronto on April 9, 2007 at 9:42 PM (CDT)


Hi, some one else at home already has an ipod, so all their tunes from the Itunes libary is automatically sync’d to their ipod. However i have just purchased an ipod and i dont want her songs from the libary to go onto my ipod so i put it on “manually manage” mode. But is their a way of making my own sort of libary or playlist so i import all my tunes onto their an they go straight to my ipod? rather than dragging all the tunes i want from the libary then deleting them after. please help

Posted by shiv_991 in Toronto on April 14, 2007 at 7:25 AM (CDT)


I’ve quite recently got an Ipod Nano, and got around 200 songs on it, and a few videos, my computer had a crash and everything had to be wiped, I’ve downloaded another Itunes from Apple, is there any way that i can change it to manual sync before I connect my Ipod because otherwise it will sync and all the songs will be deleted.

Posted by Olly in Toronto on February 29, 2008 at 4:31 PM (CST)


If you’re using a new iTunes library (as opposed to having deleted all of the content from your old one), then you should be able to just connect the iPod.  iTunes will recognize that your iPod is associated with another iTunes library, and prompt you with the option to either ‘Erase and Sync” or “Cancel.”

Just select “Cancel” and the iPod will not sync, but will remain connected. You can then set it to Manual mode as you normally would.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on February 29, 2008 at 7:25 PM (CST)

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