Use Multiple iPods on One Computer: Management Screen

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More and more homes have multiple iPods and just one computer. Which leads to the question: How do you manage multiple iPods on one computer?

There are a number of techniques for this; the more complex the technique you choose, the more control you'll have over syncing music and other content to your iPod. This article covers perhaps the easiest way to manage multiple iPods on one computer using the iPod management screen.

What We Like

  • Easy to configure and manage

  • Allows all music to be stored in one library (simple)

What We Don't Like

  • Possible to sync music you don't want

  • Less control

  • Allows all music to be stored in one library (potentially confusing)

Manage Multiple iPods on One Computer

While this is probably the easiest way to manage multiple iPods on one computer, it's not the most precise.

  1. To start, plug in the first iPod (or iPhone or iPad) you want to manage to start it syncing. If you're setting the iPod up for the first time, make sure to uncheck the "automatically sync songs to my iPod" box.
  2. At the top of the standard iPod management screen are tabs. Find the one labeled "music" (where it is in the list will depend on what device you're syncing) and click it.
  3. On that screen, there are options for selecting what music will be synced to the iPod. Check the following boxes: "Sync Music" and "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres." Make sure to leave the "Automatically fill free space with songs" box unchecked.
  4. In each of the four boxes below--playlists, artists, albums, and genres--you'll be able to view the contents of the computer's iTunes library. Check the box next to the items you want synced to the iPod in each of the four areas.
  5. When you've selected everything you want to sync to the iPod, click the Apply button at the bottom right corner of the iTunes window. This will save these settings and sync the content you chose.
  1. Disconnect the iPod and repeat the process for all the other iPods you want to use via this computer.