How to get my iPod to sync in the order I want.
November 30, 2009 8:10 AM   Subscribe

I can't figure out how to get my ipod to sync an audiobook playlist, a podcast playlist and then fill up with music from another playlist. Can you help?

Hi there,
I'm running a MBP with Snow Leopard and the latest version of iTunes.
My questions is about syncing itunes with my 2G iPod nano. I have the iPod to sync automatically with a podcast smart playlist, an audiobook non-smart playlists, and a non-smart music playlist.

Each time I sync, the size of the podcasts/audiobook playlists changes (either because I have made changes, or because new podcasts have been downloaded). This sometimes goes over the free space on the iPod and sometimes Itunes tells me this and says "Itunes will sync as many songs as possible", sometimes it just tells me there isn't enough free space and cancels the sync and sometimes it volunteers to turn off podcast syncing, which is what I specifically don't want. I haven't been able to figure out why I get different messages at different times.

What I'd really love is to get iTunes to be able to sync first the audiobook playlist, then the podcasts smart playlist and then fill the rest of the iPod from my music playlist. Is there a way of doing this?
posted by tonylord to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Make a smart playlist, first criterion is "Playlist - Audiobooks," second criterion is "Playlist - Podcasts," third criterion is "Songs from library," and cap the size at whatever the iPod's max is. Sync your iPod with the smart playlist. It's been quite some time since I used iTunes, but I think that ought to work.
posted by sinfony at 8:53 AM on November 30, 2009

Brill, thanks!
posted by tonylord at 2:29 PM on December 2, 2009

Ah. Actually, I've just realised that doesn't work. At all.

It creates a nice playlist the first time, but if I say add a couple of gigs of audiobooks, iTunes just tries to add them to the end of the playlist, not the start.

Any other ideas?
posted by tonylord at 2:32 PM on December 30, 2009

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