New user - without a Syncing clue wot to do? Help pls?

ttuk

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Hello all,

Just signed up here today and am hoping I have come to the right place..... I have just got my 1st iPhone, a 3GS (UK version). I have a laptop with all my music on it and iTunes 9. now here's the start of the problem...

I am used to previous phones (sony ericsson, Nokia) being stand alone phones, which I would connect to a PC to download images and ringtones (for backup purpose), but the iPhone seems to have to be connected to iTunes to do anything?

I have a folder full of music on my PC which I have imported into iTunes, but when I connect my 3GS, it keeps wanting to put all of the music onto it... which I might not want. Also, I have some applications on the phone, which I want to back up onto iTunes in case anything happens to the phone, but when i sync, it removes all from the phone...

I think I get it... that the PC and iTunes is kind of the master and that the iPhone is the slave and whatever I have on iTunes must or will be put onto the phone regardless of if I want it or not because its all done when syncing, I just not sure of what I am doing.

I have some videos on my PC I want on the phone, I put 10 on and watch 5, I then want to take those 5 off I have watched, I sync and they all go or all stay - do I have to remove the 5 from my PC? what if I want to keep them for another day but not want them on the phone?

Am really not getting iTunes at all.. I would like a simple bit of software which would act like windows explorer and allow me to just drag n drop wot I want - all this syncing is annoying me now.

Worst of all is contacts..... I type them in manually, sync and it replaces with the ones on my PC - which is none so they all gone now!

Pls pls pls... anyone help me to set up iTunes so that each time I connect, it backs up my contacts - adding any new ones to my PC and not replacing the list on my phone with an old one from the PC....

I am fed up keep connecting phone to iTunes and it deleting things..

HHHEEELLLPPPP? lol
 

MrMike6by9

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You need to read up on the options available to you with iTunes. For example, I have a number favorite podcasts. My sync preference says keep the 5 most recent. For music, you can designate which playlists to keep on the phone.

www.ilounge.com started as mainly an iPod/iTunes site but it also covers the iPhone and accessories now. Here is a link to a tutorial for managing videos.

HTH
 

GreenMother

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iTunes sucks and is stupid. The only thing I can suggest is to check the box that says manage music manually. I feel your pain.
 

ipwn3gs

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iTunes sucks and is stupid. The only thing I can suggest is to check the box that says manage music manually. I feel your pain.
this is a great idea. i learned it with my ipod touch never went back.