Jump to content
Mac vs PC when syncing multiple iphones
6 replies to this topic
Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:43 PM
I hope someone understands this.
We used to have a desktop pc. Each user had their own profile and iTunes ran separately on each profile for each itunes user. Each itunes only had that iphone users apps, music etc.
We no longer have the PC but have a laptop. We have 3 different profiles on this too, but iTunes is the same on each user screen & we can't run a separate itunes user on the individuals profile. It's the same apps, music etc on each profile. This makes syncing impossible as obviously the things on the adults phones are different to the things on the 7 year olds phone (NB- There is no simcard on it. He just uses it as an ipod )
We are looking at getting a second internet device. I love my iphone & would love an ipad, but as I have lots of music on CD's, I am guessing there isn't a way to plug a CD into the ipad to load the music and also we need to be able to sync multiple devices on atleast 1 device. Also, do you need to sync an ipad to another device, like you do with an iphone?
I am wondering if a Mac computer might be the way to go? Would it do all the things I needed it to do?
I appreciate anyones input and experience in these matters. Please feel free to ask for more clarification, I understand my post may be a bit confusing
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:15 PM
You can definitely do what you want to do with just a Windows computer. I currently have 1 iPhone, 2 iPads and 3 iPod touches synching to the same iTunes library but all the iDevices have different apps and music on them. All you have to do make up a playlist for the music you want on the other device and check the box to "Manually manage music and videos" then on the Music tab select only the playlists you want on that device, for example one playlist might be DS and only that goes onto your 7 year olds iPhone. Also uncheck the box which says "Automatically sync new apps" in the apps tab so that only the apps you want end up on the 7 year old's phone.
So basically what I am doing is keeping all the apps and music centralised but only distributing out the stuff each child or adult wants on their device. Some of them overlap, some of them are for only one person, but I have access to and control over all of them.
ETA what has changed with the user profiles and iTunes isn't something about your computer, it's about how Apple want us to use iTunes. Both Windows and Macs will run iTunes in effectively the same way so you're better off using a different criteria for what you buy next.
Edited by Cheryl_v, 05 December 2012 - 06:17 PM.
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:34 PM
We use one iTunes account and then select only the items which we want synced for each item.
So the kids have their movies and CD books and music and I have mine. DH has his different once again.
Eta 2x ipad
iPhone 3 used as iPod touch
3x 3rd gen iPod nano
Edited by lsolaBella, 05 December 2012 - 06:40 PM.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:59 PM
They changed iTunes quite dramatically between me reading your post and updating my iTunes. Now it depends on what iTunes version you are running because iTunes 11 will need you to find different icons or menu settings than iTunes 10. Can you let me know which you are running?
Reply to this topic
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.
Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.
''I've delivered calves, lambs, dogs and cats, but nothing like this.'' This 'Super Gran' calmly peeled the amniotic sac over her great-grandson's head before discovering the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck ... twice.
It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.
Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.
It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.
One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.
Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.
For parents, having a child with microcephaly can mean a life of uncertainty.
Here are a few 'other' baby firsts you may not have been expecting, but you'll want to be ready for.
My son was born on the 1 July 2014. It's a fabulous birthday, don't you think? Not only does the first of July ring in a new financial year, but it also means we've hit the year's half way mark.
A naturopath whose treatment of a baby boy allegedly led to the infant being severely ill has pleaded not guilty to charges against her.
A teary-eyed Andy Murray promised pregnant wife Kim he'd be on the next plane home after his turbulent two weeks at the Australian Open came to an end.
A small boy in the US has struck up a quacking good friendship with an unlikely companion ... his pet duck.
Researchers have found that, contrary to prior belief, caffeine does not cause health-threatening heart palpitations.
I've always been one of the most maternal women I know.
For some couples you either both want to know the gender of your unborn baby, or you don't. For others, it's not that simple.
Tough new "no jab no play" laws could hurt children who have not been immunised due to family dysfunction, poverty, or poor access to medical support, experts warn.
Airlines and cruise companies across the world are offering refunds or travel credits to pregnant women who are scheduled to visit countries struck by the devastating Zika virus.
Not all women will require medication, but many will. And there isn't and shouldn't be any shame in that.
Top 5 Articles
Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.
Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?
She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.
A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.
Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.
It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement about the alphabet.
Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night.
An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.
It was all too much excitement for this dad.
The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.
The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.
Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.
Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.
Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.
Get your free ticket to the Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!