Talking about the music storage capacity of iTunes, it may be able to store more than your iPhone, iPad or iPod can afford. Your device’s constraint may compel you to make a choice between the songs in your library. In cases of these dilemmas, manual settings can come to your rescue. Here’s how you can manage music and videos in iTunes manually.

Part 1: How to Set "Manually Manage Music" in iTunes

In order to process iTunes manually manage music, you will have to ensure that "Manually manage music and videos" option is “on”. Besides, you also need to make sure that you have download the latest itunes version. Follow this simple procedure to check this:

Step 1: Connect you iPhone, iPad or iPod to your computer using the USB cable. It supports the latest iPhone XS Max/XS/XR.

Step 2: Open iTunes and wait for it to read the contents of your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

Step 3: Click on your device icon near the top-left corner of your iTunes window.

Step 4: Select Summary option from the device’s settings appearing on the left side on the screen.

Step 5: Look out for “Options” and tick the check box next to "Manually manage music and videos". Then click Apply.

manually manage music on itunes


• A message might pop up stating that ‘your device is synced with another library’. It will be because of the possibility that you might have synced your iPhone, iPad or iPod in the past using a computer other than the one you are working on at present and iTunes will not be able to sync unless the previous content on your device is erased and replaced accordingly. If you are an iPhone user, you may want to know that Music or videos can be added only from a single iTunes Library and for iPad or iPod users, while music can be added from multiple iTunes Libraries, videos can be added only from a single iTunes Library.

• If you uncheck the "Manually manage music and videos" option, and try to sync your iPhone, iPad or iPod with iTunes then there are chances that you may lose the music or video files that you had transferred manually.

Part 2: The Best Way to Manually Manage Music on iPhone, iPod and iPad [Can't Miss]

iTunes can get over your nerve at times when it would crash automatically or refuse to play some songs or probably delete few of them. As an attempt to give a chase to the complicated iTunes, here’s an alternative to iTunes for managing your iPhone/iPod/iPad music files - iMusic.

Apart from helping you to transfer both purchased as well as non-purchased music and other media files, this smart programme will come in handy to download music, create playlists, record music, and most important, unlike iTunes it will not delete any original contents. See more features:

  • Download music from more than 3000 music sites, including YouTube, by copying and pasting the URL.
  • Record unlimited music from any website or any audio or video playing in your computer with just one click.
  • Built-in music library let you browse and preview the lattest and hottest music from popular music sites.
  • Automatically save downloaded/recorded music to library for management and easy transfer.
  • Identify and tag music with artist, title, album, genre, and more with the latest ID3 tag technology.

The following guide will show you how to manually manage your iTunes library without itunes via iMusic easily.

Steps to Manage Music on iPod without iTunes Easily by iMusic

Step 1: Download and Run iMusic to "Device" Tab

Download, install and run iMusic. Connect the iPod with the computer on which you have installed iMusic via its USB cable. If connected successfully, you can see the iPod appears under “DEVICE” menu.

manually manage music on iphone by iMusic

Step 2: Turn to "Toolbox"

Click “TOOLBOX” menu on the top of the software. From there, you can see the option “REBUILD ITUNES LIBRARY”.

manually manage music on iphone by iMusic

Step 3: Rebuild iTunes Library

A new window will pops up, telling you it will copy all files, including songs, videos, podcasts, TV shows, playlists, and more from the iPod to your iTunes Library. Click “Start” to begin the process.

manually manage music on iphone by iMusic

Step 4: Click "Copy to iTunes"

Check the file types the software has found on the iPod and click “Copy to iTunes”. When it finishes rebuilding iTunes Library by transferring files from your iPod, a message will tell you the process is completed.

Part 3: [Extra Knowledge] How to Solve: If you can't Manually Manage Music in iTunes

Sometimes iTunes encounter the problem that can't manually add or remove music or video files from your device, you could check the following tips:

Tips 1 : Check whether your iCloud Music Library is turned on or not, if your iCloud music library turned on, you can't manually manage music, but you can still manage videos.

Tips 2 : Check"Manually manage music and videos" option is turned on, make sure it should be turned on.

Tips 3 : Choose to manually add items from your computer .

itunes alternative

iMusic - Best iTunes Alternative to Download,Record and Transfer Music/Videos to iPhone/iPad/iPod/Android Device

  • Transfer Files to Mac/PC/iTunes Library. Transfer music, playlists, videos, and more from iPhone6/7/8/x/xs(max), iPod Touch, iPad/Android devices to Mac/iTunes/PC.
  • Copy Files to iOS/Android Devices. Put music, photos, playlists, videos, audiobooks and more from Mac/PC to iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
  • Download Music from 3000+ Sites. Download music from YouTube, Dailymotion, Spotify, etc 3000 music sites for free.
  • Record Music from Radio Stations. Record any song that you can play on your PC/Mac with ID3 tags attached.
  • Create your music library from thousands of online music sites or music playlists to enjoy anywhere.
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