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Add music to an auto-synced iPod from any Mac iPod
I have my iPod set to automatically sync certain playlists on a Mac at home. I sometimes download music from emusic.com or bleep.com at work, and I'd like to listen to them on my iPod on the way home. I could manage my iPod manually from both computers, but I don't want to lose ratings and play counts. Using a seemingly undocumented feature, I found a solution:
  1. On the work computer, connect your iPod and open iTunes. When told that the iPod is owned by another Mac, click Cancel.
  2. Expand the iPod icon under devices and click on the iPod's Music master playlist. The list of songs will be grayed out, because the iPod is managed by a different iTunes Library.
  3. Drag your mp3s from the Finder to the iTunes song list window (not the sidebar), and they will be copied to your iPod anyway.
Disconnect your iPod and enjoy your new tunes. You can even add ratings, but beware -- if you sync when you get home, the tracks will be deleted from your iPod unless you add them to iTunes first. To get around this, you'll need to copy the mp3s to your iTunes library at home before you sync your iPod again. You have two options:
  • From work, also add the tracks to the iPod in disk mode and add them to iTunes when you get home.
  • Use Podworks or some similar utility to transfer them from the iPod to iTunes when you get home.
Just be sure to hold down Command and Option when you connect your iPod at home to prevent the initial automatic sync. Once the files are added to your iTunes Library, sync your iPod. The playcounts and ratings will even transfer!
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Add music to an auto-synced iPod from any Mac
Authored by: macron1 on Feb 12, '07 12:00:58PM

Great hint! Just one question, you say "Expand the iPod icon under devices and click on the iPod's Music master playlist." – where is this Music playlist? all i have when i click on my iPod icon on the desktop is Calendars, Photos, Contacts, and Notes. Do you have some kind of "show hidden folders" option enabled? thanks



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Add music to an auto-synced iPod from any Mac
Authored by: superg on Feb 12, '07 12:37:22PM

I think he means in iTunes, not in the Finder



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Add music to an auto-synced iPod from any Mac
Authored by: webertk421 on Feb 15, '07 08:13:30AM

True, expand the iPod icon in iTunes, not the Finder.



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Add music to an auto-synced iPod from any Mac
Authored by: morespace54 on Feb 12, '07 12:50:05PM

Yes. You actually have to do it within iTunes (not the Finder).



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Add music to an auto-synced iPod from any Mac
Authored by: gadgeto on Feb 12, '07 02:06:30PM

You could do the same trick with photos or video files.

For example: I added the music from the library of my desktop at home and added the iPhoto collections from my laptop this way.


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Add music to an auto-synced iPod from any Mac
Authored by: webertk421 on Feb 15, '07 08:19:57AM

Yeah, I actually stumbled upon this by dragging a TV episode to the "wrong" iTunes window and was surprised when it worked anyway.

For your situation, you could also set your iPod to sync photos automatically from your laptop and Music/Movies/TV shows etc from your desktop.



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Add music to an auto-synced iPod from any Mac
Authored by: dfbills on Feb 26, '07 11:13:49AM

This is one of the best hints I've seen in some time. :)

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iTunes 7.1 WARNING
Authored by: webertk421 on Mar 05, '07 02:54:08PM

This functionality has been removed from iTunes 7.1. Thanks a lot Apple.



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Add music to an auto-synced iPod from any Mac
Authored by: joshforman on Mar 06, '07 09:12:01AM

This is what I've always done:
PowerBook
mac mini
iPod Video linked to library on mac mini

If I want to add something from the PowerBook, I'll connect the iPod and set it to sync manually. When I get home, the iPod is still set to Manual, so I won't lose anything by plugging it in.

Typically, the item is already on the mini (part of a podcast) so I don't have to worry about losing it, but I guess I could use Senuti (or other) to copy it over. You could always just store a copy on the iPod in disk mode, though of course that takes up extra room.

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