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Sync 2 iPhones Questions

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Chris in NY Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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Feb 8, 2011 8:07 PM
There are many posts on this but my question is a bit different. My wife and I have iPhones. Originally, I have both iPhones syncing to separate accounts on our MB. We each have our own email, calendars, contacts, etc...even music and movies.

This has worked really, really well. But now, our HD is nearly packed full. Having a portion of our music, movies, and podcasts (about 30-40% of both our collections) being the same is a BIG overhead on HD space.

Is it possible to sync email, calendars, contacts separately still via separate OSX accts...BUT sync both iPhones to the same music, movies, and podcasts by pointing Itunes for each iPhone to the same music/movies library???

Thanks Mac Community for the help as always
Chris
MacBook (Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Feb 8, 2011 9:10 PM (in response to Chris in NY)
    You can keep two separate iTunes libraries, both of which store the media in the same location. This might solve your problem of duplicate files, but it does have it's own drawbacks, as content added to one library will not be automatically added to the other library, even though the media is in the same location for both libraries.

    Attempting to sync 2 iPhones to the same library will have negative side effects, as iTunes doesn't really support different address books, or calendars, etc. based on device, so you would end up with one shared address book you would both get, and similar with some of the other data as well. This may be acceptable to you, or it may not.
    17" Mac Book Pro (3,1) "HD" Mac OS X 10.6.6, iPhone 4 iOS 4.2.1, My other computer is a ThinkPad
  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Feb 8, 2011 9:24 PM (in response to Chris in NY)
    If you have 2 iTunes libraries, one for each user account, then you can have 2 totally separate iPhone configurations for address book, mail, calendar, ratings, play counts, etc. Now, each of those libraries may instruct iTunes to store their media in the same folder so that you only have one copy of each of the songs, etc. I don't remember the exact steps to change the library location, but I believe that if you go to iTunes->Preferences then hit the last tab (or next to last) it should be the top section where you specify the location that iTunes uses for storing the media. At that point, you can just modify both libraries to use the same shared folder.
    17" Mac Book Pro (3,1) "HD" Mac OS X 10.6.6, iPhone 4 iOS 4.2.1, My other computer is a ThinkPad
  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Feb 10, 2011 10:18 AM (in response to Chris in NY)
    I'm glad it works for you and gives you what you want (or at least close to it).
    17" Mac Book Pro (3,1) "HD" Mac OS X 10.6.6, iPhone 4 iOS 4.2.1, My other computer is a ThinkPad
  • aoitsukinosuke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 10, 2011 1:26 PM (in response to GeekBoy.from.Illinois)
    @Geekboy.from.Illinois

    We have 1 Mac, 2 itunes libraries, 2 iphones. Syncing apps and music separately shouldn't be a problem.
    But, how can we sync different contacts for each phone sir?
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Feb 10, 2011 1:42 PM (in response to aoitsukinosuke)
    I would think that if you want totally different contacts for both phones, you would use different apps on the Mac side to sync the contacts with. Sync one with the Mac Address book, and one with Google, MobileMe, etc. Another option would be to use the technique used by the other person where you use different groups within your contacts and sync all of them to one address book.
    17" Mac Book Pro (3,1) "HD" Mac OS X 10.6.6, iPhone 4 iOS 4.2.1, My other computer is a ThinkPad
  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Feb 10, 2011 6:34 PM (in response to Chris in NY)
    Ah, that's where I went wrong. When my wife & I share computers, we generally only have one login account on the computer. I wasn't thinking about having separate accounts so there would be separate address books, etc.
    17" Mac Book Pro (3,1) "HD" Mac OS X 10.6.6, iPhone 4 iOS 4.2.1, My other computer is a ThinkPad
  • aoitsukinosuke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 10, 2011 9:56 PM (in response to GeekBoy.from.Illinois)
    Thank you gentlemen. Now it looks brighter. 2 libraries in iTunes and 2 groups in Address Book should do it. BUt, I think I'll go with 2 separate user accounts. Looks like this is the best bet to avoid any mix-up and/or limitations.
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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