4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 30, 2010 1:59 PM by roaminggnome
Chris Stegner Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
I plug my iPhone into my tower at the office and the music is greyed out, not allowing me to play music. Any ideas? I know the tower at home is my "Main" computer that the iPhone "belongs" to, but I should be able to play my music on any of my computers, right?

G3 Laptop 17", Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (93,865 points)
    Chris Stegner wrote:
    but I should be able to play my music on any of my computers, right?


    Not when involves the iphone. By design, the iphone will sync itunes content with ONE computer at a time. Any attempt to sync such content with a second computer will result in ALL itunes content being first erased from your phone & then replaced with the content from the second computer.

    What you could do is this:
    1. First disable auto sync when an ipod/iphone is connected in itunes, under preferences, which in Windows is under the edit menu.
    2. Connect your phone, itunes running, DO NOT SYNC!
    3. Go up to Store>Authorize this Computer.
    4. Next, File>Transfer Purchases your purchased content will be transferred, music you ripped on your own won't.

    You should be able to play your music now.
  • Michael Amoruso Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I've tried all this -- I have two libraries, one Mac & one PC, and the iPhone (3GS) is autosynced in neither. When I use other iPods on this computer (PC), so long as they are set to "manually manage," I don't have any trouble. But with my iPhone, everything is greyed out. If I try to click "manually manage" on the PC, it says that it will delete everything and sync with my PC's iTunes library, which is not what I want.

    Any other suggestions?
  • nlhouden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I can confirm that this does not work. I had an iPod Touch 3rd Gen, and could play music off of it on any computer, and copy 'ripped' music to it from any authorized computer.

    I upgraded to an iPhone 4 and now it's over. The music stays greyed out except on the 'home' MacBook, even after the above procedure. There is a page online that tell how to edit HEX files on two computers, but come on! Why does it have to be so hard, Apple?
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,800 points)
    This is NOT a feature of iphone.

    You can sync/manually manage/access music from ONE and ONLY ONE computer at a time. You cannot access the music on your iphone with another computer. You cannot manually manage with two computer. It is not a feature of iphone.