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So let's look at how to get music, videos and ring tones onto your iPhone or iPod touch. Now I have setup my iPhone to be manually managed. You can see I have checked Manually manage music and videos. That just means I wanted the option to drag whatever content I wanted onto my iPhone. Now I should mention here that if you subscribe to Apple's iTunes Match Service, this checkbox will be labeled Manually manage videos and you won't be able to sync music that way I show you in this movie. I will cover iTunes Match later in this chapter so you may want to just jump ahead if you're an iTunes Match Subscriber. But in this example, I'm manually managing my music.
The way that this works is once I have my device setup this way, I can go into my Music Library and start grabbing any and all songs I want to add to my iPhone and I can just drag them to the iPhone and that copies them over. I can also grab entire playlists and drag them to my iPhone or iPod touch. I have a playlist in here called Driving tunes, just select that and drag it to my iPhone and all the songs in that playlist are copied over to my iPhone. And if I open that up, you can see Driving tunes is right here and it has the exact same songs in the exact same order as my iTunes playlist.
But because I'm manually managing my music, the version of the playlist on my iPhone and the one on iTunes don't stay synced together. If I add more music to my Driving tunes playlist in iTunes, for example -- so you can see they're there. But if I go back to the one on my iPhone, they're not there. And the same is true in reverse. You drag songs to your iPhone playlist or even create new playlist on your iPhone, but they won't get copied to your iTunes library.
But that's not really a problem as long as you remember to re-drag your iTunes playlists back to your iPhone. I get this message telling me that playlist already exists and do I want to replace it? I will say Yes, and that copies the missing songs to my device. But manually syncing your music, really doesn't mean you have to drag over every song by hand in most cases. Now you do have an option available when you're manually syncing your music to have iTunes do some of the work for you. Select your iPhone or iPod's Music Library in the source pane. And at the bottom of the window, we have a button labeled Autofill.
Basically when you click the Autofill button, iTunes will fill up the free space on your device with songs from whichever library or playlist you have selected from this menu. This Setting buttons gives you some control over this feature. You can choose to replace everything when auto filling, so if you're tired of all the music on your iPod or iPhone, you can have iTunes replace everything with songs that weren't previously on it. Choose items randomly is on by default. Without this checked, iTunes will just work in order down your playlist or library. And you have the option to Choose higher rated items more often.
So if you're in the habit of rating your music, you can check this option, so more of your favorite songs show up more frequently. Now this Reserve space for disk use option is a holdover of an option that is available for other iPods, but not the iPod touch or the iPhone. With the other iPod models, you can enable disk use, which lets your iPod show up as a hard drive in your computer, so you can use it as an external drive to copy files to and from. Neither the iPod touch nor the iPhone have this ability, though you can install third-party software to enable this ability, but we are not going to be covering that here.
With other iPods though, you can allocate space to leave free in case you want to use the iPod as an external hard drive. You can just use the slider to determine how much space you want to leave free. iTunes will fill up the rest with your music. I'll leave everything as is and click OK. When you're we ready to go, you can click Autofill and iTunes will fill up your iPod. So the Autofill option is only available if you manually manage your songs. Now let's talk about automatically syncing your songs. To set that up, select your device and go to the Music tab. And in here, check Sync music.
Now it is very important to note here that doing so will erase all the existing content on your iPhone, because if you want the items on your iPhone and iTunes playlists or whatever you're syncing to be identical, iTunes has to wipe off what's already on the iPhone. But for this example, I'm okay with erasing all the music on my iPhone, so I will click Sync Music. Now just so you can see this, when I go back to the Summary tab, you can see that Manually manage music and videos is now unchecked. Let's go the back to the Music tab. So we have some options here. Entire music library means every single song in my music library, excluding unchecked songs, if I have that option selected.
So every song in my library will be copied to my device or I can choose to Sync only Selected playlists, artist, albums and genres. Now it is entirely possible that the size of your iTunes Library may exceed the storage capacity of your iPhone or iPod touch, so syncing your entire library might not be an option. In which case your only option is to choose to Sync only Selected playlists, artist, albums and genres. So with that selected, I have a column with my Playlists, a column of Artists, a column of Genres and Albums. All you have to do here is make your way through these lists and select the items you want to sync to your device.
The beauty of this is, is that once you've made your selections; you don't have to do anything else. So if I have The Beatles selected under Artists, all of my Beatles music will be copied to my phone. But later if I add a Beatles album that I didn't previously have on iTunes, the next time I sync my iPhone, that new Beatles album will be automatically copied to my iPhone. If you want to make sure all the new songs you have added to iTunes recently get added to your device, just check the Recently Added smart playlist, which by default lists all songs added in the past two weeks, although you can modify the smart playlist so it finds songs added longer ago, in case you don't sync your device that often.
Now two more options we have here are Include music videos and Include voice memos. If you purchase music videos from the iTunes store or if you have added video content from elsewhere and tagged it as a music video, those files will be included when you sync your iPhone. Or if you have recorded any voice memos on your iPhone or iPod touch, which we'll discuss how to do in a later chapter, you make sure those items are copied over to your computer. And we also have Automatically fill free space with songs, which as its name implies, fills up remaining space on your device with other songs from your library. Although Apple doesn't offer any documentation on how it picks the content, personally, my thought is, if you have gone to the trouble to select specific Playlists, Artist, or Genre to sync, why would you want a selection of random songs on your device as well? But if that's what you want, you can check this option.
Once you are done making your selection, you can click Sync or Apply and iTunes will begin copying the files to your iPhone. So that's how you can both manually and automatically sync music to your iPhone or iPod and it works pretty much the same way for Ring Tones, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts and Audio Books. If you have your iPhone set up for manual updating, you can just drag all that content to it. But under each of these tabs is an option to sync them. We can sync Books, sync Movies and so on.
And in each case, you can choose what sort of content to sync. If you understood how to sync Music, then you understand how to sync Movies and TV Shows and other content. Basically, the choice is boiled down to copying over all your content in each category or copying just content you added recently or content you haven't watched yet or listened to yet. It is fairly self-explanatory. Now when it comes to copying items like Photos, Contacts and Calendars to your iPhone or iPod touch, the process between Macs and Windows computers is different, so we'll look at both platforms in turn in upcoming movies.
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