4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 4, 2011 10:21 PM by gdgmacguy
xluvyax92 Level 1 Level 1

I recently purchased a new computer, and I want to manually manage my music on my iphone. Whenever I hook it up to itunes it says that it is synced with another computer and that I would have to erase all my music on it in order to start anew. I have purchased many songs on my iphone through my itunes account, and I don't want to lose them. If anyone knows how I can save the music i've purchased, and still be able to manually manage my music then your help would be appreciated.

iPhone 4, Windows 7
  • gdgmacguy Level 7 Level 7

    The iPhone can ONLY be synched to one iTunes library at a time.


    If your new computer iTunes library is using the same AppleID as the library on the phone, do the following:


    Before attaching your phone, make sure you've disabled automatic synching.  Make sure the computer is authorized.

    Attach your phone and transfer your purchased songs to your computer (In iTunes on your computer File>Transfer Purchases)


    Then once that's done go ahead and synch.  Yes, your phone will be erased, since technically it IS a new library on a new computer.  However, once that's done, you just resynch with your new library which should contain all your purchased songs.


    Note, however, that non-purchased music will NOT transfer from your iPhone to your new computer.

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6

    1. Disable automatic syncing on connection in iTunes Prefs > Devices > Disable...

    2. Connect phone'

    3. Right click device tab on left border of iTunes window and select "Transfer Purchases."  This will transfer all iTunes Store purchased music, media and apps to the iTunes library on your new computer. it WON't transfer non-iTunes music or media

    4. Right-click the device tab again and select "Backup."

    5. It's now safe to sync with that computer.

  • RayxRayz Level 1 Level 1

    Try Plug In The Iphone And When That Message Comes Up I Think You Could exit It. Then Click On The Iphone in Itunes The Click Manually Manage Sync or somthing close to that from there on you would have to manually drag your songs/albums

  • gdgmacguy Level 7 Level 7

    Incorrect RayxRayz.  Not a good idea to guess when trying to help someone.