I'm experiencing the exact same problem - I can't get any voice memos from 12/24/11 and later to show up in the Voice Memo playlist in iTunes when my iPhone is connected to my computer. I also have the box checked to sync voice memos. It seems like there was a change to the OS that is causing this issue.
Same thing here. I regularly record long voice memos using the built in app, but now my voice memos will not transfer!!
The last successful transfer was for a memo of length over 1 hour (recorded 3/13/2012, synced 3/14/2012. Since then (3/24/2012) I've recorded another long memo and it refuses to sync. As an experiment, I recorded a short memo and it won't sync either. I am using iTunes version 10.6 on my mac and my iphone has version 5.1. Very frustrating.
I have the solution!
I had the same problem, even ticking the box "include voice memos" the sync wouldn't transfer them from my iPhone to the library.. So i tryied to untick it .. and it magically worked! There must be a bug that makes iTunes work the opposite way it is supposed to in this case ...
I also tryied TouchCopy but it doesn't allow to transfer the Voice Memos.. or at least I wasn't able to
Hope this helps!
Make sure the box is checked under 'music'>'include voice memos. When the sync fails do the following:
Unplug iphone from the computer after the failed sync
- In iTunes, select File –> Library –> Organize Library –> Consolidate files
- Plug in the iphone & sync again.
When you are tying to locate a voice memo in the list of voice memos in iTunes, which appears alphabetically as the playlist 'voice memos' amongst your playlists on the right hand side in iTunes, you can search by date. But here is a cool trick. On your iPhone, before you sync, you can name the memo by tapping the arrow on the right, and then the next arrow on the right, then select a name, or tap custom.
A word of advice: this method, to go to "Organize Library," and choose "Consolidate Files" resulted in the entire library copying --(first problem: I am not sure where the copy is going, but it is 21GB of files.)
Second problem: It copied 539 files -- but not the 32 voice memos I need (interviews conducted in another state for a book I am writing).
I agree that Apple missed the boat here on making it impossible to copy Voice Memos from the iPhone to a computer.
First off, this task should not be this difficult. Apple, please fix this.
But I think I figured it out...
-Connect your iPhone to your computer.
-Left click on your itunes music folder.
-In the search box in the upper right type in "Voice Memos".
-You should see all of your iPhone voice memos, highlight the the ones you want copied.
-Select Add to playlist.
-Pick the playlist want them added to.
-Disconnect your iPhone and test a voice memo to make sure it copied.
It worked for me. I hope it works for you.
Hello to all. The memo transfer thing became a real problem for us, as well. So, we did some searching and came across PhoneView. We downloaded the demo version to check it out first and it worked flawlessly in retrieving our 2 hour Voice Memo recording. Eventhough we love iTunes, PhoneView worked without the use of iTunes and allowed us to save the Voice Memo anywhere we chose on our computer. The App costs $30, but was well worth it. PhoneView.
Here's a link to their screencast: phoneview.mov
Take a tour of PhoneView's Features: quicktour.html
Hope this helps!
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i'm in the same situation and really need to save a really imporant recording of 3h22m.
I have tried to do every advices on this post, with no luck so far.
Exporting the file doesn't work and can't play the file at all.
I even tried with Phone view: i can see the file into the soft, when i export it i get a 0Mb file on my computer...
I was having problems with Voice Memo transfers (still am) but here's what I discovered.
1. the Voice memos were copied to iTunes labeled as their date and time
2 Even if I renamed the files on my iPhone, they were not renamed in iTunes on the computer
I checked the "include" box
I checked the boxes in the Music/Voice Memo listing
3. When I deleted the renamed files from my iPhone, the timestamp labeled files in iTunes were replaced with the renamed files from my iPhone during the next Sync.
the iPhone files (checked in iTunes Voice Memo listing) remained on the iPhone.
I can repeat the process, but it shouldn't be this complex. The process is poorly designed and undescribed.