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How to set the "Manually manage music" option in iTunes

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To transfer borrowed audiobooks to an Apple device, you need to turn on the "Manually manage music" option in iTunes. The instructions are slightly different if you have an iPod shuffle, so if you have one of those, please see: How to enable disk use on your iPod shuffle.

What you need

  • A computer (Windows or Mac)
  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod
  • The USB cable that came with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod
  • 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 from the upper right-hand corner of the iTunes window.
    Screenshot showing the iPod button
  4. Check the Manually manage music and videos box in the "Summary" screen.
    Screenshot showing the manually manage music and videos option
  5. Click Done in the upper right-hand corner.

Now you are ready to transfer audiobooks to your Apple device using OverDrive's desktop app.

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.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014 11:20AM EDT

How to set the "Manually manage music" option in iTunes

print it

To transfer borrowed audiobooks to an Apple device, you need to turn on the "Manually manage music" option in iTunes. The instructions are slightly different if you have an iPod shuffle, so if you have one of those, please see: How to enable disk use on your iPod shuffle.

What you need

  • A computer (Windows or Mac)
  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod
  • The USB cable that came with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod
  • 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 from the upper right-hand corner of the iTunes window.
    Screenshot showing the iPod button
  4. Check the Manually manage music and videos box in the "Summary" screen.
    Screenshot showing the manually manage music and videos option
  5. Click Done in the upper right-hand corner.

Now you are ready to transfer audiobooks to your Apple device using OverDrive's desktop app.

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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