How to Delete Music From a 5th-Generation iPod

By Jennifer Malloy

Maybe you have more songs on your computer than can fit on your iPod, or maybe your musical taste change on a regular basis. When this happens, you will likely want to delete songs from your iPod and refill it with a new sound. Whether you update your iPod manually or automatically, 5th-generation iPods have just a few simple steps to delete the songs you no longer want to hear.

Things You'll Need

  • iPod
  • USB/Firewire cable
  • Computer with iTunes installed

Deleting with Your iPod Set to Update Manually

Step 1

Connect your iPod to the computer, using the USB/Firewire cable. Open iTunes if it has not opened automatically.

Step 2

Click on the iPod icon in the iTunes window. The music library on your iPod will appear. Click to highlight the song you want to delete from your iPod.

Step 3

Click the "Backspace" or "Delete" on your keyboard to delete the song, or right click and select "Delete." Click "Eject" to disconnect your iPod.

Deleting with Your iPod Set to Update Automatically

Step 1

Open iTunes if it has not opened automatically. Your iTunes music library will appear.

Step 2

Click to highlight the song you want to delete from your iPod. Click the "Backspace" or "Delete" on your keyboard to delete songs, or right click and select "Delete."

Step 3

Connect your iPod to the computer using the USB/Firewire cable. Because your iPod is set to update automatically, the song you deleted from your iTunes library will also be deleted from your iPod. Click "Eject" to disconnect your iPod.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to delete more than one song at the same time, hold down "Control" (on the PC) or "Command" (on the Mac) while you click the titles.
  • If you want to keep songs on your computer but not in your iTunes or iPod libraries, make sure you do not send the music file to the Recycle Bin when prompted in a pop-up window.

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