How to Use More Than One iPod in iTunes


It's not uncommon for a single household or even a single computer to service multiple Apple devices like iPods and iPhones. Since iTunes uses the concept of syncing, a single iTunes library will sync to whatever devices are attached to the computer. You can create additional libraries, however, so that each device can have its own media and playlists. You must be careful when you open iTunes to select the correct library so that you sync the appropriate content for each device.

  • Close iTunes if it is open.

  • Hold down the "Option" key and open iTunes if you are using a Mac computer. Hold down the "Shift" key and open iTunes if you are using a Windows computer.

  • Click "Create Library" in the window that appears.

  • Enter a name for the new library and click "Save." ITunes opens using the new library file.

  • Click the "iTunes" menu, then select "Preferences" if you are using a Mac computer. Click the "Edit" menu, then select "Preferences" if you are using a Windows computer. The Preferences window appears.

  • Click the "Advanced" tab and ensure the "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" option is deselected, then click "Save."

  • Add media files to your new iTunes library, such as songs, videos and photos.

  • Connect the iPod to your computer using the supplied USB cable and wait for iTunes to load the device in the Devices menu.

  • Click "Sync" to sync the new iTunes library to the iPod. Then disconnect the iPod.

  • Switch to another iPod library by closing iTunes, then holding down either the "Option" key for Mac computers, or the "Shift" key for Windows computers, and opening iTunes. When the dialog box appears, select the name of the library you want to sync, then connect the other iPod and sync that library to it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember to hold down the appropriate keyboard key when opening iTunes. This is how you select which iTunes library to open. If you forget, you may sync a different iPod library onto your device.

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