Iphone - New laptop - when trying to sync iphone music I get a warning.

Posted on 2011-05-05
Last Modified: 2012-06-21

Iphone is synced with a PC already.

What have I to be careful of? (I dont want the music wiped from my iphone)
Question by:fcek
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    Expert Comment

    If you are not still using it on the old computer, deactivate iTunes for that machine. iTunes only allows a certain amount of iTunes activations for "copyright".

    If you cannot deactivate it on the old machine, you are fine. I believe the limit is 5 machines.
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    by:Chris Millard
    Generally speaking, you can only sync your iPhone / iPod with one library. HOWEVER, this is a "workaround" to this which involves modifying the library persistent ID so that it is the same on all PCs/laptops that you want to sync with. See this article:-
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    Accepted Solution

    When you sync the iPhone, with ANY PC, the music library on the iPhone will be REPLACED by the music library on the PC you are syncing with.

    So, to address the concern you are raising, "(I dont want the music wiped from my iphone)", be advised that when you sync the iPhone with the new machine, you absolutely WILL wipe all the music from your iPhone, and you'll replace it with the music in the new machine's iTunes library.  If the new machine's iTunes library is empty, then you'll end up with an empty iPod.  "Sync" is kind of a misleading term, in that it implies two-way synchronization.   In reality, though, iTunes (generally) does not copy music from the iPhone to the PC, but only from the PC to the iPhone (except for music that was purchased at the iTunes store.)

    So if your iPhone is full of music, and the new PC is not, you have two choices:  (1) copy the music from your old PC onto your new PC, import that music into iTunes on the new PC, and then sync with the iPhone; or (2) before syncing, use third party software (such as the free software here: ) to copy the music from your iPhone onto the new PC and put that music in the new PC's iTunes library.   THEN, sync the iPhone with the new PC.

    Don't worry about wiping our your apps; you can re-download, for free, any apps you've already paid for, as long as you log into the same iTunes store account as you were logged into when you originally purchased the apps.


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    Will be working on this soon.

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