Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How To Delete Audiobooks From an iPod

Here is how to delete OverDrive WMA audiobooks from the iPod, iPod Touch, and iPhone.
When putting an audiobook on an iPod, the OverDrive Media Console transfers the audiobook straight to the iPod, with the assistance of iTunes. Even though iTunes is working in the background, the audiobook doesn't get stored there. You cannot delete an audiobook from the Music or Audiobooks folders within iTunes -- rather, you must find the Audiobooks or Music folder within the iPod itself (via iTunes).

  • Plug in the iPod to the computer
  • Open iTunes.
  • Wait for iTunes to recognize the iPod.
  • Click on the iPod name on the left sidebar of iTunes.
  • If the folders inside the iPod are hidden, click on the small triangle to the left of the iPod name to expand the hidden folders.
  • Search for the folder called "Audiobooks."**

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  • Click on that folder to see the contents of the folder.
  • In the main (center) section of the iTunes screen, click on the parts and press the delete button -- or right-click (Ctrl-Click on a Mac) and select delete.
  • (You can always search for the name of the title to isolate the parts.)
  • Safely eject the iPod and disconnect when finished.

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** MP3 audiobooks are typically found in the Music folder. Learn how to change the MP3 titles to true audiobook files.