11 Replies Latest reply: Apr 5, 2013 12:07 PM by HUSTLE HARD
Murahachibu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My current Macbook Pro is now five years old and I soon plan on buying one of the new flash based Macbook Pros. I would like to turn my old Macbook Pro into an Itunes/media server and keep all of my music stored there. I do not want to keep any music on the new computer. Is it possible to sync my iphone with the new computer (contacts, apps, etc.), but transer music off of the other computer onto my iphone.  If it can be done, can it be done wirelessly, or would I have to use a USB cable every time I want to update my music.

 

Thanks!


iPhone 4
  • 1. Re: Syncing iphone with two different computers
    wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,285 points)

    It's iTunes content that an iPhone will sync or manually manage with only one computer at a time...music, apps, videos, photos, etc. So, you'd need to put ALL of your iTunes content on one computer or external drive & then sync just contacts & calendars with the other computer.

  • 2. Re: Syncing iphone with two different computers
    woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,740 points)

    If the old MBP is really going to contain "all" iTunes stuff,

    proceed as follows:

     

    -set up the iTunes folder on the old MBP to be able

      to be shared and available on the network.

    -On the new Macbook Pro, connect to the old MBP

      over your network and be sure to mount the volume

      with the iTunes folder.

    -Open iTunes on the new MBP while holding down the

       option key.  You will get a dialog box asking to create

       a new library or open existing.  Choose open existing

       and navigate to the iTunes folder on the old MBP

       that you connected to in the previous step.

    -Now, you should be able to sync your phone on the new

      computer.

     

    caveats:

    -iTunes will only be able to be openned on the new MBP

      or the old MBP.  iTunes cannot access the same library

      this way from two computers.

    -Obviously, the old MBP will need to be on and connected

      to the network.

    -If by mistake you open iTunes without connecting to

      the "master" library and you sync the phone, all iTunes

      material will be wiped.  You would then need to connect

      iTunes to the correct library and do a restore to last backup.

     

    I have a system set up where my iTunes Library is on a

    hard drive connected to an Airport Extreme Base Station

    and all my Macs point to it.  So, all of my Macs iTunes

    access that drive.  I can also sync my iPhone and iPod

    on any of the Macs.   The one issue there is syncing

    contacts and such, but I have taken care of that by setting

    that info to be synced accross devices via iCloud.

  • 3. Re: Syncing iphone with two different computers
    kasparklink Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Like wjosten said you can only sync your phone with one computer BUT iCloud helps you out.

     

    Here's what you could do:

    - keep your iPhone synced with the old MacBook Pro but uncheck the info-panel (Calender, Contacts etc.)

    - now only your music, video and apps are synced with your old MacBook Pro

    - enable wireless sync in iTunes and on your iPhone

    - enable iCloud on your iPhone and your new MacBook Pro

  • 4. Re: Syncing iphone with two different computers
    Murahachibu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It never occurred to me to have my iPhone tied to the old computer. It seemed only natural to want it move it to the new computer, but I suppose it doesn't really matter as long as the calender and contacts sync via iCloud. This would also allow me to keep my photo library on the old computer as well, which would free up even more space on the new computer.

  • 5. Re: Syncing iphone with two different computers
    HUSTLE HARD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I posted this in another forum and it is being copied & pasted.  This is my own personal solution to this problem.

     

    Not sure if I am replying to this the proper way since this is my first time in an Apple forum.  I have found a work around to this that's simple and I've been doing it for quite sometime now.  From what I understand when you try to add music to your iPod/iPhone on a different computer, it won't allow you to manually manage the music (drag & drop), because it has been synced/used on another computer.  Basically the idea is that you would wan't to hook your iPod/iPhone up to any random computer & drag music to it.

     

    What I do when I'm on a different computer is I check the option to "manually manage my music" & click apply.  iTunes will let you know that the iPod/iPhone has been previously synced with another computer.  I don't remember what comes after that because I just this second added music to my iPhone from another computer.  I think you get one or two more pop up messages.  But basically you unplug your iPod/iPhone the second it starts to sync.  If you wait to long, your music will get deleted.  When you plug back in your iPod/iPhone, the "manually manage my music" option should remain checked.  If it isn't checked, repeat the process but don't be as quick pulling out the usb cable as you did the 1st time.

  • 6. Re: Syncing iphone with two different computers
    William Rivas Level 5 Level 5 (4,225 points)

    Murahachibu wrote:

     

    My current Macbook Pro is now five years old and I soon plan on buying one of the new flash based Macbook Pros. I would like to turn my old Macbook Pro into an Itunes/media server and keep all of my music stored there. I do not want to keep any music on the new computer. Is it possible to sync my iphone with the new computer (contacts, apps, etc.), but transer music off of the other computer onto my iphone.  If it can be done, can it be done wirelessly, or would I have to use a USB cable every time I want to update my music.

     

    Thanks!

    http://www.iskysoft.com/topic-iphone/sync-iphone-with-multiple-macs.html

     

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  • 7. Re: Syncing iphone with two different computers
    HUSTLE HARD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That sounds like something a little to complicated that cannot be done.  The only thing I can think of is if you have your iPhone set up to back up everything to iCloud & then you just use the old computer for transfering music.  Contacts, photos, etc are back up to iCloud.

  • 8. Re: Syncing iphone with two different computers
    William Rivas Level 5 Level 5 (4,225 points)

    HUSTLE HARD wrote:

     

    That sounds like something a little to complicated that cannot be done.  The only thing I can think of is if you have your iPhone set up to back up everything to iCloud & then you just use the old computer for transfering music.  Contacts, photos, etc are back up to iCloud.

    Maybe for some. Gives me peace of mind that I have two backups.

     

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  • 9. Re: Syncing iphone with two different computers
    HUSTLE HARD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If thats what your worried about, then set up iCloud on your phone.  It will back up you phone when ever its connected to wifi.  You can then still manually back up your phone to iTunes.

  • 10. Re: Syncing iphone with two different computers
    Marciia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My iphone is giving me a headache.

     

    I bought all my apps through my mothers computer, through  her itunes.

    All of my music is on mine, and I'd like to know if it's possible to sync MY computer, without removing the apps? It's not possible for me to put my music on her computer, she lives in another country.

    This is a major schlepp, honestly. If I'd known it was this complicated I'd have gotten an other phone.

  • 11. Re: Syncing iphone with two different computers
    HUSTLE HARD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a complicated way of copying the iTunes folder from one computer to another.  But if you purchased all of your apps legit from her iTunes account, hook the iPhone up to your computer, choose the option to transfer all purchases to your computer.  After that, sync the iPhone to your computer, which will delete the apps from the phone.  Then just add the apps & music back to the phone & only sync with that computer in the future.