Deleting Music from iTunes and not deleting them from the iPod

Are you looking for a way to delete music only from itunes, but not from your iPod? Many might think that this is a very tough process, but that’s not true!

Many iPod users face the problem that when they delete a song from the iTunes library, the song automatically gets deleted from the iPod. This is a big problem as the large memories of the iPods in the market nowadays make them ideal to double as storage devices – and hence there are many amongst us who would like to clear up some music from our PC’s memory and store the music only on the iPod.

This problem arises primarily because Apple iTunes has a default mode that synchronizes the libraries of the iPod and iTunes – and always maintains it that way. The solution to this problem is quite simple. Depending on whether the songs you want to store on the iPod are/are not on iTunes, you can do either of the following.

Case 1. The songs are in iPod as well as in iTunes

  1. Plug in your iPod and open the iTunes library.
  2. To the left, you will find the Source tab, where you will notice the iPod icon. Click on it.
  3. In the dialog that pops up (this is particularly in iTunes 7), go to the Summary tab and select the Manually manage music and videos option.
  4. In case you are using iTunes 6, go to the iPod tab in Edit -> Preferences. There you will find a similar option as in Step 4 above – select the check box next to it.

Case 2. The songs are in iPod but not in iTunes (and you want to keep it that way!)

  1. Hold the Shift+Ctrl keys and plug in your iPod.
  2. In case iTunes does not start automatically, keep pressing the Shift+Ctrl keys and open iTunes.
  3. Wait till iPod shows up in the Devices branch in the Source tab to the left.
  4. Repeat Steps 2-3 of above and you’re done.


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