Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Syncing music, movies, and ringtones, part of iOS 8: iPhone and iPad Essential Training.
- Let's take a look at how to get music onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Now I've set up my iPhone and my iPad to be manually managed. Notice manually manage music and videos is checked here, and it's also checked with my iPad as well. Again, what that means is I wanted the option to just drag whatever content I want onto my device. I should mention that if you subscribe to Apple's iTunes Match service, this check box will be labeled manually manage videos, and you won't be able to sync music the way I show you in this movie.
I cover iTunes Match later in this chapter, so you may just want to jump ahead if you're an iTunes Match subscriber. But in this example, I'm manually managing my music. The way this works is once I have my device set this way, I can just go into my music library and start grabbing any and all songs that I want to add to my iPhone. So I'll just grab a bunch of songs here, and drag them to, in this case, my iPhone. And they're copied over. I can also grab entire playlists and drag them to my device.
For instance, I have this playlist called Driving Tunes, which has 10 songs in it, and I'll just drag that to my iPhone. If I pop that open now, there's the playlist, and you can see the songs are the same. But because I'm manually managing my music, the version of the playlist on my iPhone and the one in iTunes don't stay synced together. If I go back to my music library here and I add a couple more songs to that playlist in iTunes, they don't get automatically added to the Driving Tunes playlist on my iPhone.
The same is true in reverse. You can drag songs onto your device's playlist and even create new playlists on your device, 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 playlist back to your device. I just drag it towards the top here to make sure I can see my device. Release. Now it's telling me a playlist named Driving Tunes already exists here, and I do want to replace it. So now when I go and look at that playlist, all 14 songs are there now.
But manually syncing your music really does mean that 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 device, and then select it's music library. At the bottom of the window now, we have a button called auto-fill. Basically, when you click the auto-fill button, iTunes will fill up the free space on your device with songs from whichever library or playlist you have selected in this menu over here.
This settings button gives you some control over this feature. You can choose to replace everything on your device when auto-filling. So if you're tired of all the music on your device, you can have iTunes replace everything with songs that previously weren't on it. Choose items randomly is on by default. Without this checked, iTunes would just work in order down your playlist or library. You also have the option to choose higher rated items more frequently. 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 you may be thinking that auto-fill sounds like a nice feature, but you don't really want to fill up all the remaining space on your device with music.
Doing so won't leave you any room to install new apps, or download podcasts, shoot photos and video, and so on. So that's what this reserve disc space slider is for. Use it to specify how much space you want to remain free. Maybe in this case I want to leave about 10 gigabytes of space free. Now auto-fill won't occupy that storage space with music. You can click OK, and when you're ready to start copying music you can just click auto-fill, and iTunes will do its thing. I won't do that right now though. Now the auto-fill option is only available if you manually manage your songs.
Now let's talk about automatically syncing your songs. To set that up, with your device selected, select music here under settings. In here, check sync music. Now it's very important to note that doing so will erase all the existing content on your device because if you want the items on your device and your iTunes playlist, or whatever you're syncing, to be identical, iTunes has to wipe off what's already on the device. But for this example I'm okay with erasing any existing music on my phone, so I'll click remove and sync. Now just so you can see this, when I go back to summary, you can see that manually manage music and videos has now been un-checked.
Let's go back to music. So we have some options here. Entire music library means every single song in my music library excluding any un-checked songs if I have that option checked here under summary to sync only checked songs and videos. Again, what that's referring to, and let me just go ahead and apply that, what that's referring to are the check boxes here next to the song names. If you don't want any particular songs synced to your device, you can just un-check them here. And then check sync only checked songs and videos.
But let's go back to music again. So again, entire music library means every single song in your collection. Now it's entirely possible that the size of your iTunes library may exceed the storage capacity of your iOS device. So syncing your entire library might not be an option. If that's the case, choose selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres. So now we have a column for our playlists, a column for the artists, and columns for genres and albums. All you have to do here is make your way through these lists and select the items you want to have synced over to your device.
The beauty of this is that once you've made your selections, you don't have to do anything else. So if I have the Beadles selected under artists, for example, all of my Beadles music will get copied to my iPhone. But if I later add a Beadles album that I didn't previously have in iTunes, then next time I sync my iPhone, the new Beadles album will automatically be copied to it. If you want to make sure all the new songs you've recently added to iTunes get added to your device, you can choose the recently added smart playlist, which by default lists all the songs added in the past two weeks, although you can modify the smart playlist so that 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. So if you've purchased music videos from the iTunes store or if you've 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've recorded any voice memos on your iPhone or iPod Touch, which we'll discuss in a later chapter, you can make sure those items are copied onto your computer. 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 that if you've gone to the trouble to select specific playlists, artists, genres, or albums 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're done making your selections, just click apply or sync and iTunes will begin copying the files to your device. So that's how you can both manually and automatically sync your music. It works pretty much the same for movies, TV shows, podcasts, audio books, and ringtones.
If you have your device set up for manual updating, you can just drag all that content to the device. But under each of these settings is an option to sync them. Sync audio books, sync podcasts, sync TVs and movies. So now that you understand how to sync music, you now understand how to sync movies, TV shows, and other content. Basically, the choices boil down to either copying over all your content in each category, or copying just the content you recently added, or content you haven't yet watched or listened to. It's fairly self-explanatory.
Now when it comes to copying items like photos, contacts, and calendars to your device, the process between Macs and Windows computers is different. So we'll look at both platforms in turn in the upcoming movies.
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