I have an iPod Touch, that I used to manage with iTunes on Windows, but now I'm using a Mac (with MacOS Sonoma).

I noticed that iTunes is no more, for which I won't shed a single tear. However I would like to edit some of the ID3 tags (on the iPod itself), and I am simply not able figure out how to do it. I remember doing that via iTunes many times.

If I open the Music app, and select any of the tracks, the options in the menu bar are greyed out. I can't play music either (not that I wanted to). Using the file browser I can get only a rudimentary song list, with an option to delete the file.

What am I missing? Do I have any option to edit the tags in-place without installing iTunes on some hacky way?

  • It's not iTunes/Music, it's that the iPod isn't linked to that music library (on the Mac running Sonoma). Nov 13, 2023 at 23:48
  • Okay.... any advice where should I click to make this state change? Nov 14, 2023 at 5:32
  • I noticed that my Mac wasn't "authorized", as for some reason it doesn't show an error upon sign-in problems (maybe I miss iTunes a bit). Anyway, even after successful authorization unfortunately there is no change, pretty much every option is disabled. (Though I can move music from/to the iPod without problem) Nov 14, 2023 at 9:22
  • "Authorized" refers to the ability to play protected tracks via that particular Mac, there is a limit of five devices. Regarding being able to to move to/from, I will step back, you should never be able to pull tracks OFF the iPod, and putting tracks onto it always required the device to be paired with a particular library. So something else is going on. Nov 14, 2023 at 14:51
  • you should never be able to pull tracks OFF the iPod haha, what? Of course you can remove music from iPods. Although it would be very Apple-like, we are not there yet Nov 14, 2023 at 17:23

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The "solution" was installing iTunes inside Windows inside VirtualBox.

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