How to set the "Manually manage music" option on your iPod

Before you can transfer borrowed audiobooks to an iPod on a Windows computer, you need to turn on the "Manually manage music" option in iTunes.

If you have an iPod shuffle, you'll need to enable disk use in iTunes instead.

Note: Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed before trying these steps.

How to apply the "Manually manage music" option

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPod to your computer.
  3. Select the Device button near the top-left corner of iTunes.
    Screenshot showing the iPod button
  4. On the "Summary" screen, check the Manually manage music and videos box (under "Options").
    Screenshot showing the manually manage music and videos option
  5. Click Apply.

Now you can transfer audiobooks to your iPod using OverDrive for Windows (desktop).

Note: If you disable the "Manually manage music" setting and then sync your device with iTunes, you may lose any items you've manually transferred.

Last Updated: 09 February 2021 12:51 PM