I manually put music onto my iPod by dragging albums over from the library in iTunes. For some albums, I don't want all of the tracks to copy over to the iPod - for example, audio commentaries and dialog tracks. Short of deleting these tracks from my iTunes library, how can I prevent specific tracks from being copied over to the iPod when I place albums?

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I love the setting where you can only sync songs with the checkbox to one or more iOS devices.

iTunes - Sync only checked songs and video

Simple deselect the songs by plalist, genre, or as you find them and even if they are in a playlist or genius mix that would normally install the song on your device during a sync, iTunes will suppress those songs that are not check marked.

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    What did you use to draw that awesome arrow?
    – Moshe
    Mar 26, 2012 at 2:06
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    Skitch - it's on the App Store - free
    – bmike
    Mar 26, 2012 at 2:48
  • Ah, that's what it is.
    – Moshe
    Mar 26, 2012 at 3:26
  • Hmmm - this option is greyed out for me. Perhaps because I don't don't have "Sync Music" selected? (I just drag over stuff that I want.)
    – KatieK
    Mar 26, 2012 at 5:31
  • That's a great observation. I've honestly never tried that. You can have both sync music ( but select no playlists to sync ) and still retain your preferred method. Feel free to edit my answer to cover this case if you find it may help others.
    – bmike
    Mar 26, 2012 at 5:33

bmike's answer is correct; alternatively, you could select the album and hold ⌘ cmd while clicking the tracks you don't wish to copy. Then, drag the still-selected ones to the iPod.

  • Nice bonus answer! I always forget about manually adding and this is a nice combination of selection tools and drag/drop.
    – bmike
    Mar 26, 2012 at 2:40

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