5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 9, 2010 11:12 AM by edwardsilver
edwardsilver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I want to sync my Apps and Movies via my MacBook Pro, and my Photos and Music from my iMac. I am able to do this without issue on my iPhone, but the iPad gives me a warning when I connect it to the iMac after syncing to the MBP.

It warns that the iPad can't be synced to two itunes and only offers me the option to erase the iPad and sync with new iTunes.

Both itunes are setup under the same account login.

Any ideas how to get it to work just like my iPhone so I can keep music on my iMac and my Apps on my MBP?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (247,725 points)
    First you must transfer the /Home/Music/iTunes/ folder so it's exactly the same on each computer. Then also transfer the /Home/Library/com.apple.itunes.plist and com.apple.iPod.plist files so each computer has the same ones. You should make the copies from the most recently updated iTunes.

    You should then be able to sync the iPad in either account as long as each user account is synced with the other. If not, then when you connect the iPad to one of the accounts, iTunes will think it's a new device.
  • edwardsilver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Doesn't work that way for my iPhone. I have different content in each of the machines (music and photos on my iMac but not on my MBP), and I'm able to sync my iPhone to the music on the iMac and only Apps on my MBP.

    From what I've seen in the past as long as I force manual sync mode I can manually choose to sync some content from what computer and different content from another. See here for how to do this according to Apple:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1202

    But while that works for my iphone it isn't working the same way for iPad.

    Any other ideas?
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (247,725 points)
    You should be able to do exactly the same thing by selecting only the content you want to sync. But if each computer has different content then it will make the iPad reflect its content. Works the same way with my iPod Touch, so I am assuming it works that way on an iPhone, but I don't have one to test.
  • Edmund Pirali Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
    FWIW I found the same thing. I wanted to sync everything but photos to my laptop and grab photos from a desktop. And the iPad will just not so it, it forces me to backup apps and sync everything, or will delete everything. For example if I don't have photos synced on my laptop connecting the iPad will force me to either sync or will delete all pictures.

    I hope they fix this, as this is probably pretty common.
  • edwardsilver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Interestingly, I am able to sync photos from one machine (my iMac) and everything else from my MBP. It gives a warning about it but lets me sync the photos and nothing else.

    If I can do it on the iPhone it seems I should be able to do it on the iPad, so its either a bug, or a specific restriction they added to the iPad.

    I may call support and see what they say - biggest issue for me is I can't get my music on the iPad as I don't want to carry that on my MBP.