11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 13, 2010 1:03 AM by wiren
Rothgarr Level 1 (65 points)
I use two Macs -- a Macbook Pro at home and a Mac Pro at work.

Is there a way to sync just media-related content on the computer at home, but then sync my contacts on my work computer?

Mac Pro (8 cores/16GB RAM), MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, iPhone, iPad, Mac OS X (10.4)
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,395 points)

    You can transfer iTunes content and photos from a single computer only, but you can sync contacts, calendar events, and Safari bookmarks with a supported application on multiple computers.

    An iPad can have different sync preferences with iTunes on each computer - the same with an iPhone and/or with an iPod Touch, but best to disable automatic syncing when your iPad is connected to iTunes one each computer.

    For your iPad sync preferences with iTunes on your computer at work if you want to sync contacts only with your computer at work, you will have Sync Contacts only selected under the Info tab for your iPad sync preferences with iTunes on your computer at work.
  • sirfaba Level 3 (610 points)
    You can use MobileMe. Read about it: http://www.apple.com/mobileme/

    MobileMe will sync your contacts and calendars through a "cloud" or a server to keep all of your devices up to date. So, the contacts that are on your work computer (Mac or PC) will be sent to your iPad and home computer (if you choose).

    Other features-
    • Get your own @me.com email
    • Make your own website using iWeb on your Mac
    • Find a lost or stolen iPhone or iPad
    • 20GB of online iDisk storage that can be accessed on a Mac or PC with internet access
  • ranjian666666 Level 1 (0 points)
    Tansee iPod Transfer can help you . if you directly click sync, it will erase all music on your iPod and replace with the content of this new iTunes library.
    But here is a solution. All you need is to get all existing music/videos from your iPod to this new computer and iTunes. Simply use this popular program called Tansee iPod Transfer
    The whole process is easy and safe.
    With just a few simple clicks, it will help you copy all videos/songs from iPod back to your selected folder on the new computer, and then you can easily add those songs back to iTunes.
    More importantly, this won't overwrite any original files on your iPod. And all song names are preserved.
    In this case, all songs/videos (both new and old) are on your iTunes library that you can syn with whenever you wish to without deleting any files
    I often browse :http://www.92download.com/wiki/TanseeiPodTransfer
  • Corsair Noir Level 1 (5 points)
    This really makes no sense to me. The iPad is a completely mobile device. Being that it's mobile, connecting it to various computers would be pretty frequent (home computer, work computer, hotel, friend's, etc). From what I'm reading though it seems that if I'm at a friend's house and they have a song they made or pics they took and what me to have them there's no way I can connect to their computer to load them onto my iPad??? What???

    My girl and I have multiple computers with different content on each one. She's synced her iPad with her notebook but there are things on my desktop she wants on her iPad. I connect the iPad to itunes on my Desktop to try to do that but when I hit sync it says you can only sync to one computer do wish to delete everything (or some such). Why Can't I just drag and drop files onto her iPad? This is very frustrating >:(
  • Rob Grant Level 1 (135 points)
    I assume you're talking about media files. There are other ways to transfer these without synching with a new computer. Dump them onto a flash drive or a DVD if they're large, then drag them onto your main computer. If they're small enough, send them by email.
  • Corsair Noir Level 1 (5 points)
    Rob Grant wrote:
    Dump them onto a flash drive or a DVD if they're large, then drag them onto your main computer. If they're small enough, send them by email.

    does that not seem like a very inefficient/roundabout/terribly lengthy way to put stuff on your ipad? That also doesn't fix the situation where I'm away from my own computer and want items to be placed on my iPad. I've left feedback with apple (hopefully others do as well) and would like to see this addressed in a future system update.

    There are some apps that allow drag and drop of documents without having to delete/overwrite everything (cloud reader, goodreader, pages, etc) so it would just seem to make since that you could do the same with your library.

    This is very disappointing
  • Rob Grant Level 1 (135 points)
    It's a bit mad, yes. There are Apps, like File Magnet, that allow you to transfer files via WiFi, though the host program has to be installed on the computer desktop. It's still a bit of a rigmarole. Hope Cupertino are listening.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,395 points)
    The iPad runs the iPhone OS, and the iPhone doesn't support disk mode as is supported with most iPods - likely for security reasons, so neither does the iPad.

    Nothing can be installed on an iPhone or on an iPad from a recieved email or from a website except for a photo, and I haven't read any reports about malware much less a virus being included with a JPEG file even with that swiss cheese for security OS that is Windows. Malware is not a concern with the iPhone or iPad due to disk mode not being supported with either device and although there are some minor differences, both run the same firmware/OS.
  • Rob Grant Level 1 (135 points)
    A new twist on this one. Check this out: http://www.airstash.com/

    It's not cheap, but memory cards are, so in the end it's a cost effective storage system.
  • Arthur Jacks Level 1 (65 points)
    Would an app such as Airsharing HD be any help,the file formats supported are below

    iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
    Microsoft Office
    Safari web archive
    HTML web page
    PDF (even password-protected and large documents)
    Adobe Illustrator (saved as PDF Compatible)
    RTF and RTFD
    Plain text (many character encodings)
    Source code, with color-coded formatting
    Movies, Audio, and Images

    I only use it to move photos to my iPad without having to involve iTunes so have no experience of other media files.
  • wiren Level 1 (0 points)
    Use dropbox.