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How do I set the "Manually manage music" option in iTunes?

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2012  |  810 Views

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How to set the 'Manually manage music…' option in iTunes

If you want to transfer OverDrive audiobooks to an Apple device, you need to adjust the 'Manually manage music…' option in iTunes. The instructions are a bit different if you have an iPod shuffle. If you have an iPod shuffle, please see 'How to enable disk use on your iPod shuffle'.

What you need

  • Computer (Windows or Mac)

  • An Apple device

  • An iPod USB cable to connect the device to the computer

  • iTunes v9.1 (or newer)

Applying the 'Manually manage music' option

  1. Open iTunes.

  2. Connect your Apple device using the USB cable.

  3. Select your device on the left sidebar.

    Screenshot displaying where to locate your device in iTunes.

  4. Check the Manually manage music and videos box in the 'Summary' screen.

    Screenshot displaying the Summary screen in iTunes and the

  5. Click Apply in the lower right hand corner.

    Screenshot displaying

Now you are ready to transfer audiobooks to your Apple device using OverDrive Media Console.

Note: If you disable the 'Manually manage music…' setting and then sync your Apple device with iTunes, you may lose the items you have manually transferred.

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