Sync iPhone 4S music playlists with iTunes 11.0.1

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Syncing iTunes 11.0.1 with iPhone 4S - Sync Music - always returns 'Are you sure you want to removing existing music...and sync with this iTunes library.

This message persists each time I attempt sync to update playlists and I have to reselect (on Mac) all playlists which currently exist on iPhone. How do I avoid this?

I have 3 iPods which sync OK, that is, all synced playlists are listed on iPods and iTunes and I only have to select 'Apply' to update modified playlists.
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Commented:
This sounds like it could be one of two things:
Either you have altered the playlists on either your iphone or your computer, and it wants to verify that you want to remove the music before it syncs
or
you have previously synced to a different machine and it wants to wipe your current music collection from your phone and replace it with the collection from you computer.
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Either of these is certainly a possibility - my concern is how to sync my iPhone to the Mac which creates the problem without the 'removing existing music...' process.

I will have no need to sync to any other Mac or PC.

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Have you previously synced to a different computer than the one you are currently trying to sync?
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I would have synced with a Windows 7 Pro PC and iTunes 10. This windows 7 PC now has iTunes 11 and all options under File...Devices are greyed out (with no iDevices connected).

The options in the Sidebar ([Library] Music...Movies...TV Shows etc.) do not include any iDevices.

Also possibly with my MacBook Pro [iTunes 11].

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So if I understand correctly, you synced it using a windows machine, and now you are trying to sync with a different computer (mac) and it's giving you problems?

The iTunes version shouldn't make a difference.

One of the annoying things about iProducts is that you are only allowed to sync to 1 computer. Any attempt to sync to a computer other than the original will result in excessive swearing, gnashing of teeth and involuntary fist shaking in the general direction of the offending computer and device.

Cross platform iDevice use is not supported (mac to pc / pc to mac)
The following article may be of help to you:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1202
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...only allowed to sync to 1 computer.

Therein lies the problem. I need to:

1. Tell my PC/iTunes 11 that I no longer want to sync with Neutrino (PC name)

2. Tell my MacMini (Baryon) that, yes I will accept 'removing existing music...and sync with this iTunes library.' But please accept my playlists and don't ask me again as I am no longer synced with Neutrino.

BTW, none of my PCs/Macs have iPhone 4S listed under preferences...devices

Can I make this happen? If yes, How? Connect iPhone to Neutrino and somehow 'un-sync'?
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There is no need to "un-sync" once you connect to the mini, it will reformat and that will be the computer that you will need to sync with thereafter.
To get your music off, you will need to install an app on your mini to rip the music off your device. iRip (http://thelittleappfactory.com/irip/) is a popular option but there are quite a few to choose from. A simple google search for ripping from your iPhone will give you additional options. After you rip to your mini, you should be fine syncing to it with no loss of music. Bare in mind that if you ever decide to change computers, you'll have to do this again. Another thing to consider is if you are syncing your iPhone to a new computer, you may loose other information (contacts, calendars etc) it would be wise to have those synced with a iCloud before the move the the mini as well.
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Thanks for your help. Notes/Contacts etc. are already on iCloud.

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Glad you got it to work!

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