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Apple iPhone/iPad backup?

Dear experts,

Just need some reassurance on iPhone/iPad backups. Hope someone would have the answers before I spend time look for them. :)

1. The usual backup from iTunes only backup photos, messages etc. It doesn't backup purchased Apps and music?

2. Apps and music have to be backup separately using the Transfer Purchased option from iTunes?

3. If I backup Apps and Music for more than one devices onto the same laptop (different users so different Apple IDs), would iTunes create a separate backup folder (or store?) for each IDs? So User1 music won't be restored onto User2 iPad if I sign-in with the correct ID?

4. When iTunes transfer apps and music onto a laptop where is the location? Assuming it is just a folder on my laptop (like iTunes backup) can I rename the folder to a more meaning name but iTunes will still pick up the right one if I need to restore?

Thanks in advance for help.
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Thanks for your comments. I tried backup/restore before but it didn't bring up any apps + music. Haven't do a Sync - what is that for? Clicked that but nothing seems happening?

I need to manage 3-4 iPhones/iPads on the same laptop (different apple ids) so would Sync backup all apps and music?
You will want to sync everything first, then do a backup...  When you go to do a restore, the machine you are restoring from needs to have the app files on it to restore on the device...  You get them on the machine by syncing the device with it... Then once the apps are on the laptop, when you go to restore, it will pull the apps back over with the associated app data... Its a little confusing at first but its not so bad once you get used to it
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Why not use iCloud.  It backs up literally everything and can restore your entire iPad/iPhone in a matter of minutes in some cases and in less than an hour in most cases?  Why even waste time with manual backups?