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    Question ipad and iphone sync stratagy in itunes

    I recently bought an ipad3 after owning an older iphone for around 4 years. The issue and question I have is the sync strategy within Itunes. The ipad is 32G and phone 8G and their intended use is not the same IMO. Phone I have different apps more music, less video, and Ipad more video and prob. the same music. So, when I go to sync, I see no options for calling up a different profile to sync each with. That sets off a tedious task of checking and unchecking each time I change devises. There has to be a better way to handle both of these that I'm missing. Please help and share your strategy. TIA!
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    It seems to me that Apple designed it so you have to same everything on all devices. I have also struggled to keep different stuff in each mainly because the 4s and ipad2 are different memory sizes in my case.
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    No. Apple supports individual syncing of devices. Up to 10 on a computer with iTunes installed.

    When you connect the device to the computer and select it in iTunes, you are seeing the sync settings for that device. These settings are individual to the device. Change them. They will not affect the sync settings for the other device(s).

    The only problem I have is that occasionally a recently (since last sync) app for one device will show up on the other after a sync. The fix is easy. Delete the unwanted app off that device. It goes away, and will not sync back the next time.

    There are also Store settings on iOS 5 devices and iTunes that will automatically copy newly purchased apps, music, and books to all other devices. Go to those settings/preferences and turn them off if you don't want that to happen.
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    How about when you are syncing checked songs and video? I believe they do not update or change the checked selections at device change. That is my main problem.
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    Create a playlist for each device and choose to sync to only the relevant playlists for each device.

    I have seven devices syncing to the same library and have no problem keeping the sync settings different for each device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verndog View Post
    How about when you are syncing checked songs and video? I believe they do not update or change the checked selections at device change. That is my main problem.
    Since you are telling both devices to sync with the same set of songs (checked) then they of course will sync with the same songs. DefBref's advice is best. This will let you apply both the checked filter and narrow things down further.

    Even better is creating Smart Playlists. Using those you can filter by rating, so that only the songs you like best will get on the lower capacity device.

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    Slight thread hijack: can I add one album from another Mac without disrupting anything? I have a few CDs that my iMac's optical drive won't read, but my wife's will.

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    Are both imacs on the same network? If so I would copy them from cd on the your wifes, then transfer them via the network (or usb stick) to the mac you want them on.

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    Thanks, that's essentially what I did. I imported them into her iTunes, then poked into her iTunes library from my Mac and sucked the album folders onto my desktop, then imported into my iTunes. Her 2006-vintage optical drive works better than my two year old one!

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    It's been a long time, and I'm not sure what settings are needed, but you used to be able to use the CD drive on one Mac (over the network) on another. It probably involves some combination of Sharing permissions. If you can manage that, you could use the CD directly (if not supper fast).

    It might be worth your while to search on the Apple Support site, or Google it.


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