Tip & How-To about Apple iPod touch

How to set your iPod to manually manage music

Depending on the settings of your iPod, the iTunes software on your PC music on the device automatically every time you sync your iPod with iTunes. This can be avoided by changing the settings on your iPod so you can manually manage the files on the device. The ability to manually manage music on your iPod, you also have the option to sync the iPod with other computers without the music on your iPod automatically deleted.


1. Open iTunes.


2. Use a USB cable to connect your iPod to manually manage a computer's USB connection works.


3. Click the iPod in the category called "Devices" on the left side of iTunes.


4. Select the "Summary" tab at the top of iTunes.


5. Select the "Manually manage music and videos" box by adding a check mark in the box.


6. Click "Apply" at the bottom of iTunes and the iPod settings to be saved and you will be able to manually manage music on the device.

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my itouch will not sync with itunes anymore. a window pops up and says I need to enable my computer to sync and I don't know what to do


Syncing music manually If you prefer not to automatically sync music content to your iPod, you can set up manual syncing.
  1. Connect your iPod to your computer and open iTunes.
  2. Select iPod in the Devices section on the left side of the iTunes window. ht1351_7.jpg
  3. In the main iTunes browser window, select the Summary tab.
  4. Select the option to "Manually manage music and videos" or "Manually manage music." This will deselect the automatic sync settings for the Music, Movies, and TV Shows tabs. Automatic syncing for Podcasts, Photos, Contacts, and Games can be individually disabled by selecting those options in each of those tabs. Note: When manually managing iPod, disk use is enabled and iPod must always be manually ejected in iTunes before disconnecting it from your computer. ht1351_8.jpg
  5. Click Apply.
  6. To manually add music, audiobooks, movies or TV shows to your iPod, choose one of these categories under Library on the top-left of the iTunes window.
  7. Select and drag items you want (to choose multiple items, Command-click items on a Mac or Control-click items in Windows), then drag them onto your iPod icon under Devices.
  8. To add a playlist, select it from the left side of the iTunes window and drag it onto your iPod in the same way. ht1351_9.jpg
  9. When you are ready to disconnect your iPod, select it under Devices and click the eject icon next to it.

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i just got a ipod shuffle and i want to add songs to it but dont know how to can you help me Please


I have an I-Pod Shuffle and I do not know how to use it. It did not come with a manual. Please help me.

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