How to Sync Checked Songs in iTunes

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Sometimes, the size of your media library exceeds the capacity of the hard drive of your iPod device. This does not mean you cannot synchronize your music, but it does mean you must choose the songs you want to play on your digital media player. Apple's iTunes software provides a way to synchronize only selected files without losing the convenience of automatic synchronization. Automatically synchronize the songs you select by adjusting iTunes' synchronization configuration settings.

  • Open iTunes on the computer that contains your media library.

  • Press and hold the "Shift" and "Ctrl" keys on your keyboard, then connect your iPod to the computer using the sync cable or dock. Mac users need to press and hold the "Command" and "Option" keys. This prevents the device from automatically synchronizing with iTunes. Keep holding the keys down until you see the iPod device listed in the Navigation pane located on the left side of the iTunes screen. The time this takes will vary, but it may take up to 30 seconds.

  • Click "Music" from the iTunes navigation pane located on the left side of the screen. You will find this under the section labeled "Library." Now you can view the songs in your iTunes library.

  • Click to select the songs you wish to synchronize and, if necessary, click to deselect any songs you do not wish to synchronize.

  • Click your iPod device from the navigation pane located on the left side of the iTunes screen. You will find this under the section labeled "Devices." Now you can view your iPod's information and configuration settings.

  • Check "Sync Only Checked Songs and Videos" from the list under the Options section of the Summary tab. You may notice that the capacity information located at the bottom of the screen adjusts as you select this option.

  • Click "Sync" to start the synchronization process. The iTunes software synchronizes only the selected songs with your iPod digital media player.

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