iTunes plus iPod functionality question

Got the 60 gig iPod photo, trying to rush through figuring out how to load it up with music, books, and OTR before my plane ride. One question: it says in the Getting Started guide that when I hook up the iPod to the computer (i.e., iTunes) it will automatically load up what I have on iTunes onto the iPod and also DELETE anything on the iPod that I don’t have in iTunes.

One of the things I want to do with the iPod is transfer a lot of my music and audio books and OTR to it so I can free up room on my computer. I really don’t want to load 50 CDs into the iPod, plus perhaps another 1000 songs, and then have them deleted when I plug in the iPod to my computer because they are no longer on the computer.

Is there a setting that allows me to load new stuff onto the iPod but not delete files that are no longer on my computer? Or am I totally misreading this?

Oh - second question: I’m used to using folders to organize my music - what’s the best equivilant way to do this in iTunes? Playlists?


I’m pretty sure this is an anti-piracy decision by Apple to prevent you from going to a friend’s house and just stacking his music on top of yours, so it won’t be terribly easy to circumvent.

However, you might be able to delete the files off your computer but not delete the references from iTunes. In that case it might still work, since iTunes would see them in your library and not need to delete them.

Or get EphPod.

Turn off auto-sync and turn on the option to use the ipod as a disk, that should do it. Personally, I use jriver media center 11 instead of itunes, it’s a far superior program, but I digress.

Anyway, you’ll need to ID3 tag all of your music for the ipod, it’s the only way. Yeah it’s a pain in the butt, but you’ve got no choice.

That’s just dumb. If I want to load my own CDs onto the iPod and I have to keep the files on my computer to keep them from being erased - well, that’s just dumb.

EphPod? I thought iTunes was the be-all and end-all for music and file management for the iPod? ;) Seriously, I’ll take a look at that, thanks.

Well, iTunes has a huge number of nice features that EphPod doesn’t have.

EphPod just lets you do a couple things that Apple doesn’t want you to do. It’s an iPod control tool, and iTunes is a full-featured music library.

Just check the option to manually sync your iPod. I did that, deleted stuff from my hard drive and there’s no problems. When I want to put a new album on my iPod I just drag it there and it uploads it quickly.

What option do you guys use for the “import” choice in the iTunes “Importing” menu? Apple Lossless, AAC encoder, MP3 Encoder, etc?


Cause we didn’t need another iPod thread, and this was the closest to the top (that wasn’t specifically about the Shuffle).

I’ve got a 3G iPod, 20GB model, and my brother just got a new iPod Mini. From what I’ve been able to find (looking around it appears that our cables should all be compatible, I just wanted to double check a couple things. The AC wall charger is compatible, right? I’ve also got a car charger as well, and I can’t remember exactly what model it is, but the other car chargers I saw listed all claimed compatability across models (Shuffle excluded), so I assume that’s ok, but I just wanted to double check and make sure no one had any anecdotal horror stories about chargers frying iPods or anything. The only reason for suspicion is that I did remember hearing from someone that the otherwise identical looking AC chargers for Apple’s laptops were not always compatible.

Oh, also, our sunroof leaks and the car charger got all wet while sitting in the center console, completely disconnected from anything else. If I let it dry completely, is it safe to use?

And Jeff, I use AAC.