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Old Dec 7, 2011, 02:56 AM   #1
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How to manually manage songs from 3 pc's

I've just bought an iphone 4S and also a MacAirBook with OSX Lion and I love them !
Having come from a Linux environment where transferring songs to my devices was problematical to say the least, I was rather disappointed that using Itunes, I face annoying problems.
I work using three computers, one of which is the new MBA machine.
What I want to do is to manually manage songs. I do not want to sync viz mirroring content on one machine to the iphone 4S.
I want to select a few songs from whichever machine the Iphone is connected to and copy them across.
When I select 'manually manage songs etc' I get the usual scary message that all will be erased from the iphone however, I go ahead and only the songs are gone.
So I just move the songs then manually to the iphone and disconnect.
If I reconnect to the same machine later, all is still ok.
However, when I connect to the second machine, let's say the MBA, and select manually manage, the same scary message appears and yes indeed all the songs are gone.
When I reconnect to the first machine, lo and behold, the "'manually manage songs" has been unchecked again.
Round and round I go like this.
How can I 'manually manage songs' from 3 different computers to my iphone ?
Does Itunes not allow this ? I know that it can only 'SYNC'' to one itunes DB but I do NOT want to SYNC , I just want to selectively copy certain songs from whichever machine my iphone is connected to.
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Old Dec 7, 2011, 06:29 AM   #2
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The iDevice / iTunes model is essentially a hub & spoke setup with the single iTunes database serving as the hub. This is changing a bit with iCloud but is still fundamentally the same.

In other words, you're trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

Check out this article for some alternatives that may better do things how you want:
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Old Dec 7, 2011, 11:21 PM   #3
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Thanks, I used CopyTrans and it works fine.
I could have sworn with my older iphone I was able to manually manage from 3 computers after the initial erase and sync.
Perhaps cos it was JB.
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