5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 19, 2011 3:42 AM by turingtest2
cleavermike Level 1 (0 points)
Can someone tell me why when I have a new computer and still login with my old apple id that I can't transfer music to my iphone without deleting all the songs off my iphone? It won't let me drag and drop without selecting manually manage and if Itick that it warns me it will erase my iphone and sync with my new computer. Not the other way round. My 5 year old could write better software!

Dell, Windows 7
  • King_Penguin Level 10 (120,071 points)
    That is how it is supposed to work - the iPhone and iPod Shuffle are designed to be used with just one computer. From http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1202 *+iPod shuffle and iPhone are intended for use with a single computer. You cannot load music from multiple computers or iTunes libraries onto iPod shuffle and iPhone like you can with other devices+*. If you copy your iTunes library to your new computer you can then re-sync your content back.
  • cleavermike Level 1 (0 points)
    Unless your hard disc has died or (like mine) your lap top gets stolen. Luckily my music was backed up on my Iphone......oh
  • cleavermike Level 1 (0 points)
    So the answer is Itunes is cr*p
  • Durlic Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi I have the same problem, my hard drive crashed and now I am not able to get the songs back onto my laptop, what is strange is that I had the songs on my laptop and copied them to my IPHONE as a back up and now I can't get them off :/ anyone know how without them been erased?
  • turingtest2 Level 9 (68,683 points)
    Although iTunes won't copy non-purchased media from your iPhone into a new computer it can be done with various 3rd party tools... Cost generally ranges from reasonable down to free. The "manual" method of extracting the files in disk mode that could be used with older iPods won't work without the addition of a tool to gain access to the iPhone's filing system such as iPhone Explorer (free).

    All in all maintaining a proper backup of your iTunes library is a lot less hassle, but never say die. If the data still exists there's usually a way of getting at it.