Sync laptop with iTunes on my Mac Pro as if it was an iPod?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by VirtualRain, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I have an extensive iTunes library that I maintain on my Mac Pro.

    Is there anyway I can use my MacBook Air as an iPod and sync it with my Mac Pro to download selected iTunes content and playlists to my laptop?

    In other words, I would like iTunes to see and treat my laptop as an iPod and when the laptop is on the network, I can sync it to my Mac Pro iTunes library? :confused:
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    North Carolina
    Don't know if you'll find exactly what you're looking for, but I do a similar thing using Windows Live Sync to keep my Music folders synced and it works great. My only gripe is that it doesn't seem to work under Snow Leopard. I'm sure that will be changed soon but as far as I know it's not working right now. I guess this is not as selective as an iPod-like sync..
  3. macrumors 604

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You can always simply copy your iTunes library from your MacPro to the Macbook. That's how I sync mine.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2009
    I keep my library on two machines and use AAsync to automatically sync them.

    Although if you only want to copy a little I don't know whether there's a better way.
  5. thread starter macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    There are lots of ways to sync the entire library.

    I would like to sync selected playlists.

    I wish my laptop could just show up in iTunes (on my Mac Pro) like an iPod. It's bizarre that Apple doesn't account for multi-mac users. Surely I'm not their only customer with two Mac's (a desktop and a laptop)?
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2011
    I'd love to have this

    Is there any software engineer from apple reading this forum? I would love to have the feature mentioned above. It would be the greatest way of syncing many iTunes installations by just having them being treated like an i-device (iPod, iPhone).

    This would mean that you define your "Master iTunes" and switch all other iTunes installations into the "iPod Mode". By doing so, the iTunes installation would be showing up as a device in your Master iTunes and could exactly be treated like an iPod. I would only have those files on my iPod Mode iTunes that I would need and I could decide exactly the same way as I can for my iPod.

    Please, make this come real. I would need this much more than any Ping, Genius and other stuff.

    I have three Macs here and a Mac Mini Server. It would be so great to have this easy way of syncing. And you have the software and everything already.

    Please, make it happen. :)


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