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sydalmighty Level 1 (0 points)

I hate this iTunes sync complication as always! it just *****.

I have synced my iPhone in my previous work computer because my iTunes in my mac is no longer complatible..

now, I have returned the computer at work and it's no longer with me... and I'm STUCK!!!

i can't update songs to this phone without reformatting it first. it ***** because i hate starting back from scratch i have a lot of apps now.


any idea? did they already remove this stupidity in iOS6? I'll wait then

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)

    An iOS device can be synched only to a single iTunes library at a time. If you sync to another computer, any content will be erased from your device and replaced by whatever's in iTunes on the new computer. This has been the way it's been since the first iOS device was released, and I've seen nothing to indicate that this is going to change, though of course we won't know until iOS is released.


    So you have to transfer your content to the new computer first, before you allow iTunes to sync. See this support article:



    You can also download most of your content (the notable exceptions being movies, some of which can be redownloaded if you're in the US, and audiobooks) again from the iTunes Store:



    For content not purchased from the iTunes Store, check out this post from Zevoneer for some iPod/iPhone media recovery options:




  • pughben68 Level 2 (160 points)

    Under the iPod tab in itunes, you can scroll down to options and check "manually manage music and videos." You can then drag and drop your music and movies from each computer to your iPhone.

  • sydalmighty Level 1 (0 points)

    i did this... but this didn't work. i hate this stressful limitation it's just soo medieval and sooo stupid.

    they must remove this.

  • pughben68 Level 2 (160 points)

    They aren't going to remove it. They only have it so you can't copy a friends music library, and try to force you to buy more through the iTunes music store.

  • BrandonDrums Level 1 (0 points)

    iTunes has really made iPhones extremely frustrating and antiquated compared to other smart phones.  Apple, by trying to "protect" their iTunes content from being "shared" or "stolen" through forcing iPod/iPhone/iPad users to ONLY sync with one computer at a time has probably lost more revenue than if they made the process more user friendly and open like other devices.


    You have an iTunes ID, THAT should be the ONLY factor iTunes considers when allowing content to sync from a computer to a device.  When you purchase an app/video/audio product on iTunes, the liscense should be synced to your iTunes ID in the cloud.


    Then, you can sync to multiple iTunes instances on multiple computers simply by having you sign in to your iTunes ID.


    Further, Syncing is dumb.  Apps like Dropbox, Google Music, Google Drive, USB Flash etc. allow you to just drop a file or folder of music/video/documents onto your cloud-synced folder and you can play them directly on your iPhone. 


    I wish I could just delete my "iPod" app all together, I'll play all my music and podcasts through google drive instead.


    Then, I'll buy an android phone when my upgrade is available.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,894 points)

    BrandonDrums wrote:


    Then, I'll buy an android phone when my upgrade is available.

    That's nice.

  • Ceverino Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately songs you may have downloaded via anything-besides-iTunes, will not be transferred. If you opt to "manually manage music and videos", iTunes forces you to erase and sync. Hence, this is not a solution to the problem. However, if you know a little bit about your computer and iPhone/iPod-Touch and root/disc-mode, or... "Google"search the problem, you might find that there are other solutions. If you decide to take a third party route for replacing music in your library, the "manually manage music and videos" option becomes much more desirable.

  • karissafrey Level 1 (5 points)

    if you want to add music from a different computer without syncing and therefore losing all your music from the previous computer, there is a solution. Simply make a new plalist in the itunes with all the songs you want to put on. Then click on the music tab under your iphone. At the bottom left you will see a button that says autofill from: simply choose the afore said created playlist, and then click on autofill in the bottom right corner. The music from the new playlist will transfer to your ihpone, and you will still have all your prevous music. It works perfectly!

  • NateO1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I need to know how to sync music without iTunes because I have Error 7 (Windows error 5) it wont let me into iTunes and no there is no fix for iTunes on my computer anymore unless I buy another computer.

  • DeadToll Level 1 (0 points)

    All these stupid forcing stuffs really makes me mad... I'm starting to hate apple now, and instead I wanna buy Samsung.

  • oonomas Level 1 (0 points)

    karissafrey...Then click on the music tab under your iphone. At the bottom left you will see a button that says autofill from: simply choose the afore said created playlist, and then click on autofill in the bottom right corner.


    Which version of iTunes are you using?  I don't see any autofill from: button on the music tab.  Thanks.

  • karissafrey Level 1 (5 points)

    I am using the most recent verions of itunes. under devices, click on your iphone/ipod, and then click on music. In the bottom left corner of the screen with your current music you will see the autofill button, with all created playlists. Simply choose a playlist that you want to put onto your iphone/ipod

  • canarydelia Level 1 (0 points)

    Brilliant! Many thanks karissafrey - your solution worked for me!

  • shaco Level 1 (0 points)

    Karissafrey, thank you, thank you, and thank you some more! Let us know how we can return the favor.


    I was getting so frustrated with my iPhone (iOS 6.0.2) and iTunes 11.0.1 trying to figure out how to put music from two Macs onto one iPhone with the "Add To..." button, or getting nowhere with the sync options.


    Thanks to you, I clicked on "iPhone" and then "On This iPhone." Then I went to the "Autofill From:" at the bottom of the page, and then chose the playlist on the Mac that I wanted. Then I double-checked the "Settings..." button, and then I clicked the "Autofill" button.

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