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Why is Ipod so difficult to load music to?

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I just brought a second hand iPod 30g. I liked the idea of showing my photos. I put 20 cd on from my machine in Belgium and came out to India where I live half the year.
I downloaded the huge itunes program to the pc. Here starts the problems.
There is a mountain of music on this machine which itunes collected. I connect the ipod and it wants to syncronise by removing all the stuff that already on it!
What use is that?

First question. How can I just add the music I want?

Next question. How do I add a selection of photos with out removing the music?

next question. How do I add music from other computers like my laptop?

next question. How do I back up the ipod on to a portable hard disk?

Last question. On the machine that I loaded the cds and synced the ipod.
itunes only shows the ipod contents in individual albums form. How do I see the whole collection?

Cheers Steve
post #2 of 8
In iTunes Preferences, click the checkbox so that you manage your music manually. It's updating everything automatically because that's how you've set it up to function.
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post #3 of 8
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Cheers Rick, that nearly answers one question.

I really find itunes most difficult.

For instance,
I go to music to select the tracks I want to transfer. There is a box in front of each name, this has a tick in it in every case. What does that mean? do I have to remove every tick and then tick the ones I want to transfer? There are only 9,000 plus music files on teh machine and I only want to transfer about 200 of them.

The photo section is particularly opaque.
Only the 'all photos (0 photos) option iis available. Clicking on 'Selected folders' has no result.

So still no futher forward as I am not going to try anything till I know what those ticks mean. The help section is spectacularly uninformative on just about all subjects.
Cheers Steve
post #4 of 8
iTunes is really only for, shall we say, a certain caliber of person. Perhaps it's not for you.

The easiest way to choose which music to transfer is to create and sync specific playlists.

The photos should work if you just select the folder you want to sync. It's as straightforward as it could possibly be.

There's no reason to back up the ipod - everything on the ipod will be on your computer. Back up your computer's hard drive instead.

Transferring music from ipod to computer is technically not possible, because of DRM restrictions. But it is possible and very easy - you'll have to do a search on your own.
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post #6 of 8
Steven, all of your questions can be answered through a little browsing of these forums and others. iTunes is very easy to use, but you're going to need to playa round with it. All of your questions are basic ones that will take little time to figure out if you do the leg-work.
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post #7 of 8
iTunes is really hard to use. Yeah. Just select manually manage music, drag the musics you like to your ipod and done.
post #8 of 8
choose manual option when you plug in your ipod for the first time (or after you reset you iPod completely). This solves most of you synching problems.

What I did is by opening a Load to iPod playlist. So whenever I want a song to be uploaded, I just drag it into my playlist until I need to recharge my iPod, only then I upload the songs from my playlist into my iPod. It might sound like a lot of work but believe me, it makes thing much easier.

Now for photos, choose manual again and select selected folder. Oh right, before you choose the folder make sure you create a folder to put all the pics you want to sync with into the folder. Later connect your iPod to iTunes and it will auto sync all the pics in that folder (it makes things much easier to handle since I got about 1k plus of photos in my hard disks, and not all I want it to be in my iPod).

Im still looking for a free backing up your iPod into a hard disk solution. So far I only find trials or pay softwares.

Hope this helps
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