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Fun iPod Tricks
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Tip #3 -- Playing Music on your Mac from your iPod

By default you cannot use iTunes to play the music stored on your iPod on your Mac. However, this is an often-requested feature as it is very convenient (plus it saves on storage) to store all the songs in your iPod and then play it anywhere you desire.

Fortunately, you can use a third-party application called iPodRip to play the music stored on your iPod on your Mac. You can download the trial version of iPodRip (maximum 8 uses) from The Little App Factory.

Once iPodRip is downloaded and installed, connect your iPod to your Mac. Launch iPodRip and you should see your iPod library as shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6. Using iPodRip.

You can play songs from your iPod by double-clicking on the song name or by selecting the song and then clicking the play button located at the top left corner of the iPodRip window (see Figure 7).

Figure 7. Playing songs in iPodRip.

You can also play songs by using the play button controls located in the menubar (see Figure 8).

Figure 8. iPodRip controls in the menubar.

Tip #4 -- Working with Music Files on your iPod

By default, iTunes will automatically update all songs and playlists in your iTunes Library. This is evident from the grayed-out song lists in iTunes (see Figure 9).

Figure 9. The iPod playlist in iTunes.

There are times when you would want to free up some space in your iPod. One way to delete unwanted songs in iPod is to delete the songs in the iTunes Library and synchronize your iPod with iTunes again. However, you might want to keep the songs in your Mac and only delete them on the iPod.

Deleting Songs on your iPod

One way to solve this problem is to change the sync option in iPod from automatic to manual. Right-click on your iPod's name in iTunes and select iPod Options... (see Figure 10).

Figure 10. Configuring iPod's options.

Select the "Manually manage songs and playlists" option and click OK (see Figure 11).

Figure 11. Changing the iPod's update option.

You should now notice that your iPod playlist in iTunes is selectable. Select the song(s) you want to delete and press the Del key on your keyboard. You should now be able to delete the songs on your iPod (see Figure 12).

Figure 12. Deleting songs from your iPod directly.

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