enter image description hereI would like to prune the song list from the ones that don't align with the current value set of mine. How can I ditch the songs from the ios8 device from 10.11 desktop?

No remove button in sight. Dragging to trash does not work either. Trying to remove the item highlighted.


The trick with iTunes is that you don't directly manage files on the device, you manage them on your desktop, and choose what is synced.

Normally, iTunes syncs your entire library, only avoiding this when your device is full, or when you manually choose what to sync.

Your question is a tad ambiguous, so I'm going to give two answers.

  1. If you want to remove a song from iTunes outright, deleting it from your computer and your synced devices, you must remove it from the "upper" Music selection, not the one listed under "On your device". The "on your device" list is read only.

  2. If you want to keep songs on your computer but only sync certain ones, open the summary view on your iPod, select the "Sync" menu, and hit the "Selected playlists..." option. You can then create a playlist of the songs you wish to sync, and only sync that list.

Further detail from Apple

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  • ok, thanks. The issue seems is that the home and work macs are fighting each other on sync. The mac at work is obviously void of any media. – Anton Tropashko Oct 3 '16 at 6:17

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