Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 10:07 AM (in response to wizardofodd)
Well i found the fix, tested and its working. Unfortunately since I am sure posting here would be violation somehow, I wont be sharing it, just now its out there, is very easy and isnt difficult to find.
I will however give you a clue to the technical reason to why you cant sync with multiple computers. The itunes library has a persistent ID for controlling this functionality among other things. If that ID were updated to match that of another library, then it achieves what your looking for and let you add songs from multiple libraries.
Just to add, actually doing this might be considered illegal since its modifications to a protected product.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 10:26 AM (in response to adamgto)
I found the best and easiest way to fix it: Copy the iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Music Library.xml files (from inside My Music\iTunes) from one computer over to the other.
Of course iTunes will list the songs from the source computer, but it's just a matter of cleaning the list.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 10:28 AM (in response to wizardofodd)
Whoa, help me catch up, I am new to the world of the iPhone, I just bought an iPhone 4S (unlocked.) Can someone knowledgeable with the matter explain this difference? You can sync an iTouch to multiple computers, but you cannot sync an iPhone to multiple computers? How does one sync an iTouch to multiple computers? I was under the impression that no iOS devices could sync to multiple computers, syncing to a 2nd computer erases the content of the 1st computer during the syncing process. That is not true?'09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.2), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 10:41 AM (in response to Dah•veed)
There are 2 concepts involved:
- Sync: That means "synchronize the device with the content stored on the computer"
- Manage: The lovely checkbox that says "Manage my music and videos manually". With that checkbox enabled, you can manually add songs to the device without needing to sync to the iTunes library.
The problem that's being discussed in this topic is that:
- On the iPod Touch you can effectively check "Manage my music and videos manually" and you can then add music from any computer running iTunes. That also works with other iPod models.
- On the iPhone, you can check "Manage my music and videos manually" only in one computer. If you connect the device on another computer running iTunes, the checkbox will be unchecked... and if you check it, you'll get a message saying that you can only sync the iPhone to one iTunes library, and if you proceed, the content (songs and videos) will be erased.
The matter is that there isn't any official statement on WHY the iPhone works different in this matter. Seems we just have to resign ourselves with the "because it's that way" answer.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 11:07 AM (in response to WannyTiggah)
I thought I heard that this behavior changed with iOS 5, where a manually-managed iPhone could allow content from multiple libraries, sounds like that is incorrect? When the iPhone's playcount history stopped updating the iTunes library playcount due to iOS 5 I figured a manually-managed iPhone was now just like any manually-managed device, guess not.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 11:10 AM (in response to WannyTiggah)
There is a way around that. Use a 3rd party iTunes alternative on the other computer(s).'09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.2), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2012 11:53 AM (in response to Dah•veed)
Hmm, I've tried some of them:
- SharePod: You can only take songs off the ipod/iphone. If you put songs with it, they aren't listed in the device and when you connect it to iTunes it'll say that can't read the contents.
- Foobar2000 + foo_dop: You can put songs on the device, the songs show in iTunes... but don't show on the device.
- Winamp: Doesn't support iPhone/iPod Touch. Haven't tried the mentioned specific plugin, though.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 5, 2012 12:05 AM (in response to John_D_NH)
This works. -in response to Home Sharing solution provided by John DNH - You have to log into the computer you're syncing your iPhone with (laptop) with your iPhone connected...also have your desktop turned on Home Share with the same apple ID as your laptop. Home Share has to be turned on your laptop as well. Then you just drag and drop the songs from the "shared" section on your laptop [left hand side, my sections are "library, store, devices, shared"] (which will be your desktop itunes library) into your laptop library, and then as usual drag and drop your laptop itunes library music into your iphone. Whew! Was having the same problem and figured this out. Thanks for the solution, John DNH!