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How to manage On-The-Go Playlists on the iPod Touch

Tuesday, February 23, 2010  |  5 comments

Manage On-The-Go Playlists on the iPod TouchOn-The-Go playlist is a feature on your iPod Touch that lets you set up playlists on the iPod itself without having to use the iTunes.

Add songs to On-The-Go playlists

First go to your music, and tap Playlists, then On-The-Go, which appears near the top of the list. Browse for songs using the buttons at the bottom of the screen.

Tap any song or video to add it to the playlist. Tap Add All Songs at the top of any list of songs to add all the songs in the list. If you select an artist, composer, or album, you can choose Add All Songs at the top of that item's list, and if you select a genre, you can choose Add All Albums. Read more...

Edit On-The-Go playlists

To edit the playlist, tap Playlists, tap On-The-Go, tap Edit, then do one of the following:

  • To move a song higher or lower in the list, drag the rearrange icon next to the song.

  • To delete a song from the playlist, tap the red minus sign icon next to a song, then tap Delete. Deleting a song from the on-the-go playlist doesn't delete it from iPhone.

  • To clear the entire playlist, tap Clear Playlist.

  • To add more songs, tap the plus sign icon.

Sync On-The-Go playlists to iTunes

If you sync your iPod automatically, iTunes will copy the On-The-Go playlist, naming it On-The-Go 1, On-The-Go 2, and so on. The playlist on the iPod Touch itself is deleted. To put a playlist back on iPod Touch, select iPod Touch in the iTunes sidebar, click the Music tab, and set the playlist to sync. However, if the iPod is set to sync manually, then iTunes won't copy the playlists. If you want to save them, you'll have to recreate them on iTunes.

On-The-Go playlists are a great way to set up a soundtrack for a day's listening without using iTunes.



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  • At February 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i want to know how to delete an on the go playlist on the computer for the 8 gig. second gen. ipod touch!!!!!!!!! help!  

  • At August 31, 2011 at 2:50 PM, Blogger Elias Hedberg said…

    It would be nice with a proper "iTunes DJ"-like function on iPod so you just can add a song to a queue  

  • At September 5, 2011 at 11:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i am trying to get my playlists from itunes onto my 4g ipod. any suggestions?  

  • At October 15, 2011 at 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm set to sync manually, so why is itunes deleting my painstakingly created itouch playlists and then not saving them as on-the-go anydamnthing?  

  • At December 2, 2011 at 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mine is set to sync automatically, but it still doesn't save the OTG playlist to iTunes. It used to until I updated iTunes... I don't understand why it won't work any more. It's irritating me somewhat.  

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