removing music from Ipod touch w/out use of software?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by johnsonk2, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. johnsonk2 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    I have had my 2g ipod touch for about 1 1/2 months now. It is my first ipod so I am still new at this. I have put some music on it, but didn't think it through. For example, I have some Christmas music that I put on the ipod when, after thinking about it , I should have made a playlist and put the playlist on the ipod. Anyway, I have seen where you can remove music files by using some software that is available. I was wondering though is there any way to "wipe" or "erase" through like a reset function to where it restores the ipod to just what it was shipped with? I haven't put that many songs/apps on the ipod and it wouldn't be a hassle to just start over, or I feel like it woudl be less of hassle than using some program I have to download to do it.

    Thanks for the help!
  2. stab244 macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2009
    In your iTune library, uncheck the songs you don't want to sync and then resync your iPT. Those songs should be gone from your iPT.
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    You can probably restore the iPod touch, but that requires a computer with iTunes and the USB cable. You can also dive into Settings, then to General, scroll down, then tap Reset. If you select Erase All Content and Settings, it's basically the same process, but without the reloading of the iPod firmware/OS. Oddly enough, it will likely take more time than a restore since it's not a 3rd gen. However both these steps are a bit excessive just to remove some music from the iPod. Whether you are syncing the music or manually managing it to the iPod touch, removing the music is going to be infinitely more straightforward and simpler than wiping the entire device and starting from scratch IMO.
  4. johnsonk2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    so given that, the best way to remove music from the ipod is use some of the downloadable software to do so, correct?

    To kinda elaborate, I have 2 Christmas cd's that i put on the ipod and it is frustrating when i shuffle all songs and come up on a Christmas song. I would like to get those off or out of the shuffle rotation and make a Christmas playlist that can played...well at Christmas time. Maybe there is another solution i am not aware of.
  5. Wondercow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    It sounds like you chose to "manually manage music and videos" in the iPod's preferences. So manually manage it: in iTunes select the iPod under Devices and click on the triangle; select Music, select the songs you want gone, hit the delete key.
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    What do you mean by "some of the downloadable software"? Surely you used iTunes to get the music on your ipod in the first place? You just need iTunes to manage music on your ipod, you don't need to download anything else.

    Sounds to me like what you need to do is to mark the Christmas songs as "skip when shuffling." Go into iTunes, select the Christmas songs, right-click, Get Info -> Options -> check "skip when shuffling."

    If you don't do that, even if you put the Christmas songs into their own playlist, they'll still play if you shuffle all songs. Alternately, you could make a playlist of all non-Christmas songs, and shuffle that playlist.
  7. rlav macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2009
    Try creating an on-the-go playlist, right on the iPod touch, that only contains the Christmas music. No computer required
  8. j2048b macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2009

    try pod to mac :

    to get the songs back, then do a restore through itunes.

    thats all it took people!

    Your welcome!

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