How to put songs on an iPod from another computer without erasing the old ones

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How to put songs on an iPod from another computer without erasing the old ones
Add songs from multiple computers to your iPod. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The settings of your iPod allow you to put songs onto it without having to erase the songs already on the device. Adjust the settings in iTunes to set the iPod to be used with multiple computers. Once the settings are changed, you can add songs from other computers without compromising your current iPod library. However, you will not be able to sync your iPod with another computer, you must manually add the songs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • USB cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect your iPod to the computer that you originally used to set up the iPod.

  2. 2

    Click the "Summary" tab in the iTunes window that appears once the iPod is detected by your computer.

  3. 3

    Click the "Manually manage music and videos" checkbox and click "OK" in the window that appears. Click "Apply" to save the changes to your iPod's software.

  4. 4

    Eject the iPod from the first computer and plug it into the new one. Wait for the iTunes window to appear.

  5. 5

    Click on a song in the iTunes library then drag it onto your iPod's name in the "Devices" list. iTunes will upload the song to the player without erasing the old songs.

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