iPad Tips: Delete Songs and Manage Music on Your iPad

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source: Joseph Thornton

So you’ve got your shiny new iPad. You start adding apps and then you sync it to iTunes…and suddenly you’re out of memory.

Like most things Apple (yep, I said it…), the solution for adding only some of your music library to your iPad — or deleting the extras once they’re there — isn’t extremely obvious. You can’t do it from the iPad itself, but I’ve walked through this process myself recently, and it’s not difficult once you know how to do it!

Here’s how:

1. Connect your iPad to your computer.

2. If iTunes doesn’t open automatically, open it up.

3. On the left side of the screen, you’ll see a section called Devices. Click on iPad underneath that header.

4. Click on the Summary tab and check the box that says Manually manage music and videos.

5. Click on Music beneath your iPad and uncheck any songs that you want to take off your iPad.

If you have a lot of music in your iTunes library and only want a small amount on your iPad, there’s a quick way to delete them all off your iPad to start as well:

1. On the Summary tab, check the box that says Sync only checked songs and videos.

2. Then, open the Music tab and click the button that says Selected playlists, artists, albums and genres.

3. Uncheck all of the music listed and click Apply to clear your iPad. You can use these options to add music back to your iPad or reenable the manual option to drag and drop music to your iPad.

Not too bad!

How do you manage the music on your iPad?