iPod Nano Songs 'Grayed Out' On iTunes

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Stan, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. Stan macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2003
    A mate of mine, a PC user, bought himself an iPod nano and downloaded some songs to it via iTunes. Now whenever he plugs it into the PC all the songs are 'grayed out' and he can't change the songs on it. He has given it to me to try - on a Mac. When i plug it in, although I can see the songs they are 'grayed out' and a lock appears on the right hand side of the number of songs/space left info at the bottom of the screen. Simple question really - why is it locked, and how can I unlock it?

    Many thanks for your help.
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    When you have iTunes set to automatically update your iPod you cannot edit the content on your iPod, hence the list is greyed out. If you select, Manually update your Ipod, then you can manually add and remove songs from your ipod and hence the list is not greyed out.
  3. Sedulous macrumors 68000


    Dec 10, 2002
    swiftaw is correct. Your iPod is probably set to autosync. Change this to manual through preferences in iTunes. If that doesn't fix the problem then there is something strange going on!
  4. treblah macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2003
    You can see the songs on you comp even though the iPod is registered to another iTunes Library? Whenever I've plugged in someone else's iPod it always tries to erase and put my Library on it.
  5. Stan thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2003
    Sorted. Didn't seem to want to turn auto update off for some reason, but got it now. Thanks for your input
  6. /StRiPeS/ macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2009
    my songs r greyed out but ders no lock nywhere. y is dis n how can i un-grey dem???? help plz!!!!!!!!!!:confused:
  7. laundrymat macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2009

    Sorry i've got the same problem but for some reason i can't tick the manually add and remove songs box.

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