Q: Here’s a simple question, but an important one for me, that I haven’t seen explicitly answered anywhere yet:
When I put a song in more than one playlist, does it take up another copy’s worth of hard drive space? I had a primitive MP3 player before my iPod, and it did.
A: Absolutely not. For the iPod (and, of course, iTunes), playlists are simply collections of shortcuts to songs which exist in only one place – the Library. This makes playlists an entirely “free” and fun way to expand and enhance your listening habits. For more information on playlist management and ideas, see our tutorials on manual and smart playlists.