I currently use approximately four+ computers with all major OS'es (Mac, Windows, Linux-Ubuntu) between work and home. Plus an Ipod Classic for portable music listening. Problem is keeping my music library up to date on all machines, or synced together. If I create a playlist, or change ratings, genre, etc. the results also aren't propagated to the other machines. On Windows and Mac I've been using Itunes but I'm not necessarily tied to it, but it does work on 2 of the 3 OS'es.
There are some previous similar questions, but all look several years old.
posted by aarondesk
on Dec 3, 2013 -
I have an iphone and an ipad which I use daily. Due to work policies, my data is setup via Outlook (not Exchange) and synced via iTunes to both devices. I use iCloud to maintain mirrored info for websites, pictures, etc but NOT contacts.
I'm getting tired of having to plug both devices in to sync them to the same data. Is there anyway to use iTunes to sync to my phone and then use iCloud to maintain data integrity across to the ipad? Or will this end up giving me duplicates in my Outlook contacts?
posted by damiano99
on Nov 3, 2013 -
I lost my iTunes installation in a hard drive crash. I have a backup from many months ago. I have an iPad and iPhone that have never been synced to iTunes because I got them since the hard drive failure. I'd like to re-install iTunes from the backup and sync my iPad and iPhone to the re-installed iTunes without losing any data or re-installing apps. How would I do that? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets
on Aug 29, 2013 -
Is there an iTunes alternative that will easily allow me to drag and drop files back and forth from my PC to my iPhone? My old computer died, and iTunes is being ridiculous, not allowing me to sync to another computer. Should I use MediaMonkey? iFunbox? What's the standard that everyone uses? Thank you.
posted by surenoproblem
on Feb 18, 2013 -
Using iPhone/iPad between two computers with roughly the same data. Is this possible? More inside: [more inside]
posted by damiano99
on Oct 14, 2011 -
I'm retiring my home PC, in favor of an new iPad. How can I manage my existing iTunes library? [more inside]
posted by stuehler
on Jan 17, 2011 -
Can my friend restore her iPhone contacts, after mistakenly syncing with the wrong iTunes backup? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim
on Jan 8, 2011 -
iTunes broke my calendar. I can no longer sync Outlook to my iPod Touch because "sync server failed to sync." I can't find an answer to this on iTunes help although I do see that others have had this problem. Any suggestions? I've always done this over a USB cable. Nothing has changed except the calendar won't sync anymore. My iTunes software is up to date. I think Notes and Contacts are syncing -- though I just realized I haven't really tested that. I don't sync music in this operation, I do that from a different machine with different settings.
posted by Sia Stewart
on Aug 25, 2010 -
How can I get my iPhone to backup or update or sync? iTunes gets stuck on "Backing up" for a very long time (hours...). [more inside]
posted by and1
on Aug 6, 2010 -
I have an external hard disk (a Western Digital My Passport), I have all my music in this drive and I want to be able to use it on my Mac and my girlfriend Windows machine, but I want to sync the library, with all the ratings, playlists, etc.
Is that possible in any way? [more inside]
posted by Leech
on Jun 2, 2010 -
How can I add new songs to my iPhone that I downloaded on my iTunes without waiting forever for the phone to backup? [more inside]
posted by jefficator
on Apr 25, 2010 -
Windows Vista no longer recognizes my iPhone 3Gs as a drive and I can't sync with iTunes. When I connect the phone it appears in the iTunes sidebar but no longer appears as a drive in Windows. My phone says it's syncing (set to manual, not automatic) but nothing syncs. So far I've tried: changing the USB cable and ports, reinstalling iTunes, hard booting computer and phone, and installing new iPhone driver. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by carriest
on Apr 25, 2010 -
I sometimes rate songs on my iPhone or computer. I would like these ratings to persist in the cloud (e.g. independent of any particular computer). I want the ratings to get automatically uploaded to some storage site periodically and synced to my iTunes library (and from there or directly, my iPhone) periodically. Is there a way to do this? [more inside]
posted by jcruelty
on Apr 19, 2010 -
I can't figure out how to get my ipod to sync an audiobook playlist, a podcast playlist and then fill up with music from another playlist. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by tonylord
on Nov 30, 2009 -
How do you sync two iphones to one, shared itunes? Also, is it possible to keep each phone's calendar and address book separate from the other? [more inside]
posted by I could but I won't
on Jun 18, 2009 -
I am thinking of switching to the iPhone cult (long-time Nokia user) but I am very concerned about whether the iPhones/iTunes combo can support my day-to-day workflow, which is mostly Outlook-based. [more inside]
posted by costas
on Jun 18, 2009 -
Is there a way to keep ratings and playcounts in iTunes synced across different computers that works in Windows? I've found a Mac-only solution (echodio) but there doesn't seem to be an equivalent option for Windows.
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek
on Jun 14, 2009 -
How can I setup iTunes' sync to remove podcasts from my iPhone only if they've been played completely? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch
on Apr 6, 2009 -
I accidentally synced my mac's contacts with gmail, and added 4000 unwanted contacts. I manually stripped them out, turned off gmail syncing, and now I get an "unknown error" from itunes when syncing with my iphone, and a "syncing contacts will add 4000 (or so) contacts" message ... even though those people weren't showing up in my contacts app. [more inside]
posted by luriete
on Oct 3, 2008 -
I sync my nano with iTunes. I play a few podcasts on my iPod, plug it in to my computer, but iTunes doesn't notice they've been played, and resets all my podcasts. But only sometimes! Infuriating! [more inside]
posted by the_W
on Jan 6, 2008 -
My iPod and iTunes are no longer cooperating. Every attempt to sync maxes out my memory use and hangs the iTunes app. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand
on Oct 17, 2007 -
Any ideas why transferring files to my ipod (over usb 2.0) starts out fast then gradually slows to a crawl? [more inside]
posted by pardonyou?
on Oct 9, 2007 -
I rate my music on my ipod as I listen through it, and I'm trying to get several thousand ratings from the ipod back into itunes. It doesn't seem like itunes can do this for me. (That's stupid!) I found this script
, which also has failed to work for me. Need help using the script, or itunes, or finding another alternative. [more inside]
posted by lockse
on Oct 7, 2007 -
How to get itunes on my home mac to recognize the iphone that was activated my work pc?I've scraped around for two days looking for an answer to why my itunes wont recognize my iphone. [more inside]
posted by jchinique
on Jul 11, 2007 -
One iPod (60 GB). One PowerBook. One XP Box. One keswick. How do I keep all four happy? [more inside]
posted by keswick
on Sep 12, 2005 -