5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 17, 2010 5:43 AM by MarkSmith10
epluribusunem Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm a new user and I have a very basic question about syncing music, but I haven't been able to find the answer in any of the iPhone documentation anywhere. I'm frustrated about syncing music on the iPhone because it only goes in one direction, from the iPhone to your computer. I've synced my iPhone music and so now it's all backed up to my computer. Now suppose something happens to my iPhone and all the music on it gets wiped out? Is there no way to restore my music from the computer to the iPhone? It would be great if the music sync worked in both directions but unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the way it works. How do people deal with the problem of restoring their iPhone music from their computer? Thanks.

iPhone 3GS, iOS 4
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,800 points)
    Music purchased from the iTunes Store via your iPhone will be synchronized to iTunes when you sync the iPhone. You can also use the Transfer Purchases command under the File menu in iTunes if you aren't synching your iPhone every time you connect it to your computer. Once the content is in iTunes, it's easy to just sync it back to your iPhone should that ever become necessary.

    You can read this article for more information, if the iPhone users' guide doesn't make things sufficiently clear:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1386

    Regards.
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (91,640 points)
    " syncing music on the iPhone because it only goes in one direction, from the iPhone to your computer. "

    That is correct.

    " I've synced my iPhone music and so now it's all backed up to my computer. Now suppose something happens to my iPhone and all the music on it gets wiped out? "

    Gets wiped out from where? The music should still be on your computer. Just sync your iphone to your computer.

    It is, and always has been, basic to backup the important info/music/pics/docs/etc from your computer to an external source ( external drive, flash drive, dvds,cds,etc).

    If the music is wiped out from the computer, then you have the backup copy.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,365 points)
    Actually it is the other way around - from your iTunes library on your computer to your iPhone with one exception. When you have Sync Music selected under the Music tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes and you purchase/download music with your iPhone from the iTunes store, the music will be copied to your iTunes library on your computer the first time you sync your iPhone with iTunes after doing so.

    I purchase/download music with my iPhone on rare occasions only. I mostly use iTunes on my computer for this any my iTunes library on my computer is included with my computer's backup along with all other important data stored on an external drive used for backup purposes only.
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (15,385 points)
    The iPhone syncs music from the computer through iTunes.
    Read the manual, pages 54-55.
  • MarkSmith10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sync from iTunes

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