A reader recently contacted us saying that they were having issues with their iPhone. They purchased some music, and somehow after syncing, they were unable to find the songs on their playlist. This can be very frustrating and worrisome if you feel you’ve lost music you paid for.
iCloud isn’t around yet, so we still have to make sure that our stuff is synced across devices.
1) Always Transfer Purchases
If your device is not linked to your library, iTunes will let you know. It will ask if you want to erase and sync. DON’T! You should always transfer purchases. If you don’t get the popup window asking if you want ot transfer your purchases, you can simply go to Edit > Transfer Purchases. This will ensure that anything you bought directly on your iPad or iPhone is transferred to your computer. After your purchases have been transferred to your computer, you can sync content and music to all devices.
2) Or just Sync
It’s often possible to just sync. We use the transfer purchases feature for a new computer or after doing a fresh system install. However, if you download a song on the bus, you will do just fine to sync to iTunes when you get home. Then, you must sync your iPad as well.
There are also a few things that are worth having on while syncing your iPhone:
A) Sync Address Book Contact (We have it set for ‘All Contacts’)
B) Sync iCal Calendars
C) Sync Apps
D) Sync Music
3) Import Those Photos
You can import your photos by launching ‘Preview’ on your Mac and going to File > Import From (device name). Hit ‘Import all’, and you are done. While a song you downloaded may be worth a buck or so, a family photo may be worth much more than that to you. Also, you can sync your pictures to your iOS device by selecting ‘Sync Photos’ in iTunes.
Just Hang In There a Little Longer
Syncing can be a pain. Still, it’s just a little longer before we see iCloud. For now, you have to sync. Your data is important and you don’t want to lose it. While Apps are linked to your account, it’s not always the case with music or movies yet. If you lose a song, you may not be able to get it back.