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It's About Time Apple Get Into The 21st Century

1386 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 6, 2009 8:03 PM by camoracer RSS
Dangerous_Dave Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 5, 2009 10:02 PM
1. Why can I not sync my iPod, iPod Touch, and / or iPhone with any iTunes computer that is Authourized?

2. Why can I not use iTunes to back up my iTunes purchases to an external hard drive? (With all my purchases and movies I would need 46 DVD's to back up my iTunes. A bit ridiculous don't you think?)

There is 3rd party software to do all of this so why doesn't Apple do it themselves? When I go on the road (which I do for about two weeks per month) I cannot change my iPod around unless I want to put my entire iTunes catalog on my laptop. Ridiculous and inconvenient.
iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 3.06 GHz
  • CBreezey Calculating status...
    I agree with the first thing, but the second thing is very easily solved. Buy a portable hard drive big enough to store your entire iTunes library. Copy your iTunes library from your desktop to the external drive. On your laptop go into the iTunes preferences and click the 'Advanced' tab. Here it will give you the choice to chose a new location for your iTunes library to be stored. Select your recently copied iTunes folder on the external drive and then simply add all of the files to iTunes. The files will be kept on the external drive, so all you need to do is have the drive plugged in to the laptop and you can use the files in iTunes just as if they were stored on the laptops hard drive. This is extremely useful if you have a large library and dont want to take up all the disk space on the laptop. I've used this method for a long time and have never had a problem with it.
    iMac 20" 2.0 Ghz, White 13.3" MacBook, iPhone 3G 16GB, Apple TV 40GB, Time Capsule 500 GB, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • camoracer Level 5 Level 5 (4,270 points)
    You can sync an iPod with as many machines as you like, the iPod will reflect contents of machine last synced to. The other option, likely what you need is to set iPOd to manually manage contents.

    Backing up to CD or DVD is very long process with many discs. There has also been reported issues with restoring if any disc burn is bad. Use external hard drive to copy library to. Much easier and faster.
    Toshiba, Windows XP, 5G 60GB iPod, black Macbook soon
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,240 points)
    It is not likely that other ipod/iphone users know exactly why Apple does what they do.

    Why is not the issue on the first place. Correct? You want this functionality. Why we don;t have this functionality is not of much importance in reality.

    All you can do is leave feedback for Apple or stop buying the products. Those are the tools at your disposal.
    powerbook g4, iMac 20, Mac OS X (10.5.1), airport express, iphone, ipod, ipod touch


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