Sync iPhone to new computer

Link971

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Hey guys, I have a problem and I'm hoping someone on this board can help me. Two days ago, my iBook refused to start. I took it to the local Apple store, hoping they could fix the problem, but in the end, the problem was the hard-drive.

The problem I'm having now (besides trying to find the money to either replace the hard-drive or buy a new computer) is that all my music was on my computer, and in turn, on my iPhone. Besides going to a data recovery specialist (which I hear can cost upwards of $1000), is there any way I can get the music off the iPhone? The guy at the Genius Bar said there is no official apple-approved way of doing this, but he recommended that I check online because, "there are some clever people out there."

So here's what I'm looking for: let's say I buy a new computer (a Macbook, for instance) and sync it to my iPhone. As far as I know, the iPhone will clear all the music that is currently on it and replace it with what is on the new computer (which would be nothing). How can I keep this from happening? I know this has to have happened to someone else. For instance, if someone dropped their computer in the pool or it was stolen. There has to be some way to recover the information that is currently on the iPhone.


Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
 

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Hey guys, I have a problem and I'm hoping someone on this board can help me. Two days ago, my iBook refused to start. I took it to the local Apple store, hoping they could fix the problem, but in the end, the problem was the hard-drive.

The problem I'm having now (besides trying to find the money to either replace the hard-drive or buy a new computer) is that all my music was on my computer, and in turn, on my iPhone. Besides going to a data recovery specialist (which I hear can cost upwards of $1000), is there any way I can get the music off the iPhone? The guy at the Genius Bar said there is no official apple-approved way of doing this, but he recommended that I check online because, "there are some clever people out there."

So here's what I'm looking for: let's say I buy a new computer (a Macbook, for instance) and sync it to my iPhone. As far as I know, the iPhone will clear all the music that is currently on it and replace it with what is on the new computer (which would be nothing). How can I keep this from happening? I know this has to have happened to someone else. For instance, if someone dropped their computer in the pool or it was stolen. There has to be some way to recover the information that is currently on the iPhone.


Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
All your purchased music you'll be able to transfer over with no problem. When you connect it to iTunes under the same authorized account as your old laptop, it will tell you it detected purchased music and ask if you want to transfer it over.

As for non-purchased music a google search should return what you are looking for. Personally I've never used and of the product but I know if you search the forums a few have been suggested.
 

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You don't want to try and plug your Phone into iTunes because it will ask if you want to erase and sync with the current library (which will be empty aside from the purchased music).

The software I used in the past isn't available anymore, but here is a link to a site that seems legit. http://www.copytrans.net/

Also, here's a link to a step-by-step that apparently doesn't require 3rd-party software but I am NOT sure that this works, but if you want to try it here is the link. http://lifehacker.com/software/ipod/how-to-copy-songs-from-your-ipod-to-your-pc-105256.php
 
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There is a program called Senuti (iTunes spelled backwards) that is supposed to be very good.
 

kokogirl

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When I got my new MacBook, I bought the program iPhonedrive which is now called Megaphone. It worked very easily. Geordisjd (if I am spelling her name right) here on this forum told me about it. When you connect your iPhone to the new computer, it will lead you through the process of getting all the stuff off the iPhone and onto the computer.

http://www.ecamm.com/mac/megaphone/
 

SmartAlx

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There's also the FREEWARE iPhone PC Suite. It's pretty freaking awesome, for a free program.
 
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tlaidlaw

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same problem

all your purchased music you'll be able to transfer over with no problem. When you connect it to iTunes under the same authorized account as your old laptop, it will tell you it detected purchased music and ask if you want to transfer it over.

As for non-purchased music a google search should return what you are looking for. Personally i've never used and of the product but i know if you search the forums a few have been suggested.

hi i have the same problem. My sony vaio just shut down yesterday and i can't re boot it so now i am trying to sync what's on the "new computer" to my iPhone, however it won't send it.
it wont allow me to add songs to the iPhone. It shows in iTunes that the phone is attached however, it won't allow once again, for me to add anything.
can someone please help!
i have activated the new computer as one of my accounts, so i don't understand why i can't do this. I don't have my old computer anymore because it's dead...
please help!
thanks!
 

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http://i-funbox.com/ Another freeware program. It's pretty much THE go to program for everyone. You don't even need to be jailbroken. But it works even better with a jailbroken phone.
 

NaNatasha

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Can anyone recommend any of the above software or steps for iPod touch? Same story, computer died (windows) and am now using a Macbook. Haven't been brave enough to try any transfers yet.
 

Kingkorea

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is there any way to transfer all my iPhone data "music,contacts,photos,apps,etc without having to get it erased because it says my iPhone is synched to another iTunes library and i got a new computer and it says everything will be gone.i do not have access to the old iTunes computer. can someone help me please thank you
 

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You can get your media out using a programme called i-funbox or many others. Google will be your friend! I use I-funbox for my music, not sure about pics though? For all paid stuff, as long as your new computer is authorised on the same iTunes account, plug in your iPhone. In the devices drop down, right click on your iPhone, and "transfer purchases". This should work.
 

hitrho5

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I can help you if and only if all of your music and videos were bought on iTunes.

1. Plug your phone into your new computer.
2. When the phone begins to sync CANCEL IT IMMEDIATELY!
3. Go to file-->transfer purchases from "your device name here" This will transfer anything on your phone that you bought on iTunes (music, videos, apps, etc.)
4. Go to file-->sync "your device name here" your contacts wont be lost, they will be backed up on iTunes, not synced. Your photos on the camera roll will be backed up as well. I'm not sure what happens to photos synced from your old computer.
5. re-sync your phone just to be make sure everything is backed up.
6. THATS IT! I suggest syncing your phone's contacts onto windows contacts if you have windows vista. I hope i helped.
 

socal

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Regarding the post above, step #2. A better solution would be to disable automatic syncronization prior to attaching the iPhone. This way you do not risk syncing an empty library to your iPhone, and thus, overwriting everything. If you "cancel it immediately", you are taking a big risk.
 

J_Dierdre

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Hope this helps

With out your device connected open iTunes:
Select Edit
Select Preferences
Check - Disable Automatic Syncing for iPhones and iPods
Next connect your device
Once the device icon appears right click the icon
Select Transfer Purchases
After it has transferred all purchases I recommend backing up your device
You should be able to sync all music, aps, etc.

Unfortunately, with the way that things are set up with Apple you will only be able to initially save your iTunes/Apple purchased songs to the new computer. Any outside songs (from CDs etc) will not sync. Hopefully you have a back up of any non purchased songs. If not I would recommend going with one of the back up software options mentioned.

I hope this helps.
 

Maaz

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Thanks for the links. Hopefully one of these programs will help me since my computer crashed too and I need to get thr data off my iPhone. I'll try it tomorrow.
 

balls509

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It seems that Apple has chosen to omit this seemingly important process from its 217 page user manual as as well as every troubleshooting guide it has published. I couldn't find the answer on other forums either, but I apologize if this is a repost. I used to sync my iPhone 3G to my old XP computer. I now wish to sync it to my new vista laptop SP2. all music on my old computer is on my laptop. I'm planning on taking off all the music on my phone anyway so that is not really important. I also do NOT want to sync my phone contacts with my outlook contacts (I want to keep my phone/computer contacts separate and unchanged between syncs)So my question is this:

If I chose to use my laptop's iTunes as my new "primary" copmputer for the iPhone, will I be able to recover/keep the applications, application data, contacts, and pictures (most of which are not on my laptop [i.e. those taken by the phone's camera]) that are on my phone now (prior to sync)? and if so, what do I do to ensure this?
 
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if you use a completely new computer, then it will not be able to restore your phone with a backup of it since there is none on the new computer. you should use one computer for all of your syncing.
 

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You need to transfer all purchases from your iPhone to your new PC. Im presuming you are using the same iTunes account here...

If you want to keep your songs that are on your iPhone but not your PC, plug in your iPhone, and download a program such as iPhonebrowser or ifunbox then you can transfer all your media over to your new PC.

Then for yoru official Apple purchases, plug in your iPhone and run iTunes. Then right click on your iPhone in the device list and transfer purchases. That will transfer all your apps.

Hope this helps.