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  1. Omega Mcvey
    April 13, 2010

    Fantastic article. I’ve favorited this page so I can follow your follow-ups. Thanks for taking the energy to share this.

  2. Lesley Quiralte
    March 30, 2011

    Thanks for the information. I’ll send it to others

  3. Brian
    April 19, 2011

    Only like the 5 millionth time that apple has made my life difficult in the past 3 years

    • lol
      April 17, 2012

      Hahaha agreed

  4. Ed
    October 29, 2011

    Nice article; however, I don’t see the two buttons, Import and Settings, on iTunes 10 in Lion so I’m wondering how to make this work on the new OS.


    • Joshua
      December 3, 2011

      I’m with Ed, I’m running Snow Leopard and iTunes 10.5 and do not see the buttons.

      • James
        February 1, 2012

        yeah I cant see them either… I’ve done all the sharing bits but I can’t copy the songs accross. Same issue I think cos I have iTunes 10 or above so I dunno..

        Could somebody who knows please, please comment on this??

      • Allison
        September 9, 2012

        Hey! I had the same problem and just figured it out. You have to click on Advanced in the toolbar at the top of the screen and turn on Home Sharing. You have to log in with your Apple ID with both computers, then voila!

  5. zz
    November 29, 2011

    i have an i tunes library for my i pod but when my i phone is connected to the computer it doesn’t show in the i tunes library. how to sync that music on to my i phone?

  6. Sarah
    November 30, 2011

    My self and kids all have I phones. My kids have i phone 4s. We all share the same itunes account. All have own PC’s also. Tonight my kids phones somehow were getting each other’s contact info from the other person’s phone and deleting their own contact info from their own phone. I’m new to all this. How can I trouble shoot this? We are all pulling our hair out! Help!

  7. Randy Winters
    December 8, 2011

    I moved my entire library to an external drive. Now my Itunes listing grid is gone. I emptied my trash of the music still on my internal drive after I copied to the external drive. How do I get the itunes listing grid back to my Imac? Please help. I am desperate.

    thanks, Randy

    • MommaAng
      February 3, 2012

      Randy, Have you tried remapping your library to the external hard drive? I have a networked external drive that I keep things on (including music) that I want to be able to access from any computer in the house. Under iTunes preferences, click the “advanced” icon on the top far right. The first item is the iTunes Media folder location. Just click the “change” button and reroute it to your external hard drive.

      You may also want to uncheck the box for “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library”. Otherwise you’ll waste a lot of space with duplicate music files.

      This will only work if you moved the entire iTunes library file. If you moved only the music files, the only option I know of is the “File”/”Add to Library”. Maybe someone else has a better idea for that.

      Hope this helped.

      • Stacey Dupree
        March 17, 2012

        I have an iPhone and my kids have iPod touches. I am probably going to do away with my laptop as I hardly ever use anymore. Can I move iTunes to External and run on my husbands laptop if I ever need it?
        Do I use the same steps as you listed above?

  8. Richelle
    December 13, 2011

    Can i keep my Iphone music seperate to my husbands music library and daughters Ipod music? If we all use the same computer? Thanks R’chel

    • admin
      December 14, 2011

      Yep you just set up different user accounts and have different logins on your mac. Each person then sees their own iTunes. That’s what separate user accounts are designed for.

  9. Scott
    January 2, 2012

    My wife and I share a laptop at home. We both have IPhones and have purchased music and apps on them. We login to our individual accounts on the laptop and sync our phones with no problem. What I want to do share songs between out two phones.

    I am a little hesitant on doing much as I have had to reload my wife phone a couple of times because syncs did not work.

    Any ideas???

    • admin
      January 4, 2012

      Under iTunes Advanced Menu go ‘turn on home sharing’ then you can see you wife’s songs, and if you click on one you can play it OR you can choose to import it to your mac.

      • Jeff
        January 14, 2012

        I tried doing this, but how do I import the song? I tried ctrl click and can only find play.

  10. spen
    January 18, 2012

    I have the same issue and am having the same trouble resolving it.

  11. darrencuz
    January 18, 2012

    good article bro, I’ve saved this page so I can follow your follow-ups. Thanks darrencuz

  12. Vicky
    January 22, 2012

    I have a 3gs and want to upgrade my software to ios4. When I upgrade, will everything stored on my iTunes account stay on my iPhone (moat importantly te music I’ve downloaded off CDs and not purchased on iTunes) as I’ve heard due to copyright they might not transfer across??

    • admin
      January 23, 2012

      Yes they all transfer across, it works out the song, it must do it from the audio, then it transfers across. 90% of my music is frm CD’s that I own, not from iTunes, and they all came across.

  13. arun goyal
    January 31, 2012

    i hav two laptops one at office n one at home so how can i use from both is it possible ???

    • MommaAng
      February 3, 2012

      Maybe an iCloud account would solve this. I haven’t transferred over from MobileMe yet (there’s always tomorrow!), but that’s how I access documents from both my home and work computers.

  14. emily
    February 1, 2012

    i have an older ipod classic as well as a nano connected to sync to my itunes account. i just got an iphone, and when i plug it in, nothing even pops up in itunes acknowledging that there is a device. how can i sync it?

  15. Christina
    February 19, 2012

    Go to Apple’s website or call 1-800-my apple if you need help, they can mail articles to you at no cost, i know i used to work there! They also will make sure you do not lose your contacts,

  16. Brad
    March 4, 2012

    Thank you very much!this was very helpful! I now have everything working fine :)

  17. Steve Jellison
    March 30, 2012

    I recently switched from Charter Cable to Uverse. That required a new email address. I’ve tried everything to sync recently purchased songs from my computer to my IPhone and nothing is working. Any advice would help, thanks.

  18. Ellie
    April 15, 2012

    Well done. I would like to contribute in adding that you don’t need to worry about the music that’s on the iPhone to be overwritten you can use DiskAid to copy the music from the iPhone to iTunes and then start a new sync.
    Here is an explanation of this : http://www.digidna.net/help/diskaid/user-guides/transfer-ipod-iphone-music
    Dead simple ;-)

  19. Shrieks
    May 27, 2012

    Hey guys

    By trial and error, I was able to transfer music to my iphone by just copying my music folder from my pc and in Itunes, I went to devices/iphone, clicked on it and then right clicked on “music” / open in a new window then edit/paste – voila!

  20. Michael M. Rosenblatt
    May 22, 2014

    There are some excellent programs that you can buy that will assist in transferring material between iphones, ipods and your computer. One is called: icopybot software.

    I use it all the time. I paid for my version, as I never download software that is free. I have never had any virus problems with paid-for software.


  21. Seth
    July 1, 2014

    UPDATE: the best way to share an iTunes library with multiple computers is to turn “Home Sharing” on . . . read this carefully:

  22. Earlene
    December 14, 2014

    I have an iPod touch 4 and an iPhone 4 each with separate libraries but under same apple id. I want to merge the libraries creating one to use with both devices as they contain different music and audiobooks. Can I do this?

    • Wayne
      December 14, 2014

      How do you have 2 separate libraries under the same Apple ID? Are they synced to 2 different computers?

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