Forgive me if I am being boneheaded, but Apple's iTunes "sync" procedure has never seemed clear and straightforward for me and I've been burned a couple of times where I had to recreate my 32GB iPod Touch's entire contents, so I'm gunshy about sync.
Here is my situation. I need to take my 2nd Generation iPod Touch in for service (to replace the headphone jack) and I imagine that will mean I will lose all current content. Before I take it in, I want to be able to backup then entire content -- including music, video, photos, ibooks, podcasts, apps, etc. -- and then restore it to the device when I get it back from service.
Here's where it gets a little confusing for me. I normally have "Manually manage music and videos" checked for my device in iTunes and prefer to NOT use "sync" to add and delete music and video.
So I'm trying to google and read apple support pages (specifically http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1414) on what I need to do and I find this sentence under Backing up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:
"Although iTunes backs up most of your device's settings, downloaded applications, your audio, video, and photo content are not included in the backup." [emphasis mine]
Then it goes on to say:
If restoring from an iTunes backup, your device settings, downloaded applications, audio, video, and photo contents will re-sync to the device because the "Sync" option under the respective tabs will be checked in iTunes when restoring from a backup. If you choose to restore your device as a new user, downloaded applications, audio, video, and photo content will not be synced until you select the "Sync" option in iTunes under each tab.
You can manually back up or restore your iPhone or iPod touch from a backup. To do so, Control-click or right-click the iPhone or iPod touch icon on the left side of the iTunes window and choose Back Up or Restore from Backup*
I want to be able to manually mange my music and videos, but then backup and restore my ipod (which apparently includes "sync", something I never trust), and the go back to manually managing music and videos after the restoration.
So here (if you're still folowing me ) is my question:
When I plug in my iPod and right click and choose "Back Up" while "Manually manage music and videos" is checked, and then try to later restore from that backup, does that mean my music and videos will not be included?
If so, then what do I need to do? Do I have to UNCHECK "Manually manage music and videos" before I do the backup?
When I try to do this I get an "Are you sure you do not want to manually manage music and videos ... All existing content ... will be replaced with content from your iTunes library" warning. (All the content on the iPod *is* in my iTunes library, but I chicken out and cancel at this point).
Has anyone been though this? Can you walk me through the steps of doing a complete backup and restore of everything on my iPod Touch, while manually managing music/videos, without losing any content or setttings?
Thanks in advance...