Deleting MP3s outside of iTunes

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  1. Tony B

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    I have a large number of MP3 tracks that I want to delete from my pc in order to free up some disk space, without removing them from my iPod

    I originally streamed these tracks onto the pc, and then dragged and dropped into the iTunes window. I assume that iTunes is just managing the links to the original mp3 tracks (on my hard drive), rather than actually copying new versions of the tracks?

    So if I delete the tracks from the pc - without using iTunes - will the links remain in iTunes and therefore, next time I sync my iPod, the tracks should remain on the iPod?

    Does this make sense, or is there another way of handling pc deletes, without also deleting the equivalent tracks from the iPod?

    TIA

    Tony B
     
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    why not burn them onto a cd as plain mp3 files ? or even a dvdr
     
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    I could, but I want to get them off the pc, whilst keping them on the iPod
     
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    Then you need to start using manual sync, otherwise the ipod will only store what is in you i-tunes library on the PC. If you do it manually you don't need to keep the tunes on your pc, but risky though what happens when your pod dies!.
     
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    mate if u burn your files to a dc or dvd u can delete them off the pc then if im right in thinking be able to load them off the cd drive directly or in the future when u get more space load them back on to the pc
     
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    i think a new hard drive is what your after mate !

    click here

    80 gig for 37 quid if u use the super saver delivery i dare say the extra space will come in handy !
     
  7. Tony B

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    I am using a laptop, so I would guess that I need an external drive, connected via one of my USB ports.

    I need something, certainly...
     
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    Take a trip to Aldi I bought an external hard drive (160GB) for £70, not real bulky neither.
     
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    So leaving iTunes untouched, if I delete the mp3 file (which is actually still stored where it was originally streamed) the fact that the file no longer exits at this location means that iTunes will delete it from the iPod, if I sync automatically?

    So, short of getting a bigger hard-drive I need to:

    a) Back up the mp3s to a CD
    b) Delete them from my hard-drive (because I am running out of space...)
    c) Sync manually with the iPod, if I want to add new files?
    or
    d) clean up my hard drive by deleting a load of other stuff...

    Ho hum...
     
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    Im assuming that i-tunes will look for the file everytime it tries to sync, if it doesn't do this they it would be ok to delete.
     
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    So it is option (e) then - a trip to Aldi...

    Rgds

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