3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 17, 2008 8:33 PM by Yowsers
davidj54 Level 1 (0 points)
I bought a new iMac and am trying to set it up so I can use it to sync my iPhone (original not 3g) instead of the old PC we were using and are trying to phase out.

When I plug the phone into the iMac and try to sync, or even manually manage music, I get the message that "the iPhone is synced with another iTunes library, do you want to erase this iPhone and sync with this iTunes library?"

I don't care about losing the music/pictures that are on the iPhone, as I can easily re-add them to the iPhone. However, I DO NOT want to lose the contacts, text messages, notes, and other data that is on the phone.

I have found hacks online to be able to sync an iPhone with multiple computers continuously, however I am simply looking to CHANGE the computer my phone syncs to, not use multiple computers all the time.

When I moved our music to the iMac, I created a new music library because it was much easier than doing the "consolidate library" process that I have had a ton of problems with in the past. Is this now creating the problem with the phone?

We're slowly trying to move all of our products to Apple...but Apple is not making this process very easy!

Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • DaVBMan Level 6 (9,265 points)
    I just moved machines...it will only clear out MEDIA (music, vids) things that could be bad to allow to share (copyright, etc).

    When I switched other data merged into new machine (which was blank for address books etc). Though I did take the precaution I read about making sure I had at least one contact in address book on computer.
  • davidj54 Level 1 (0 points)
    Great, thank you.

    I took your word for it and clicked the dreaded "erase" button, and it was fine. Music is gone, no big deal, but contacts/texts/etc are still intact.

  • Yowsers Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks very much! That message "iphone is synced with another itunes library...erase this iphone" is an awful message. It should just read "music" and not "erase this iphone". I didn't care about erasing all my music on my iphone, as I have it all on my computer stored safely. I did not want to lose my contacts, applications, txt msgs, call history, etc. I thought Apple was supposed to be user friendly.... changing computers that my itunes library uses was very stressful because I couldn't find out how to properly do it without "erasing my iphone". There needs to be an article on this at apple.com! If there is one, please point me to it so I can bookmark it for the next time I switch computers