Do you still use iTunes to manage your iDevices?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jomirrivera, Aug 5, 2012.


Do you still use iTunes to manage your iDevices

Poll closed Sep 4, 2012.
  1. Yes

    54 vote(s)
  2. No

    16 vote(s)
  3. Sometimes

    9 vote(s)
  1. jomirrivera macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2011
    Im wondering if after iCloud people still use itunes to manage their devices.
  2. iPusch macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2012
    Manhattan, New York
    No free iCloud storage, I used my 5 gigs and then I disabled the iCloud cause I only got notifications that I have no free iCloud storage anymore but now I have free 5 gigs cause I deleted the iCloud data & I can't backup my iPad, I only use iPad on this iCloud account. I don't know what to do soi sometimes back up over iTunes on my mac
  3. jomirrivera thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2011
    You can upgrade to 15gb for $20/year
  4. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    For someone with my kind of internet service (3Mbs DSL), iTunes is still the practical approach. I do appreciate being able to download a previously purchased item. Sometimes I will offload something to archives and then decide I want it back, etc. So now I don't have to scrounge around for finding the offload on an external drive. I never index any of that stuff so it's like a scavenger hunt if I actually need to fish something out of archives.

    As far as iTunes Match goes, it's not worth it to me to risk finding out that a lot of my classical stuff would end up as uploads. It's not the storage cost. It's the bandwidth consumption getting it there, or down again. I have the CDs still, in most cases. I have the rips all backed up, sometimes in multiple formats.

    So what do I really need of an opera in the cloud, would I ever actually download it from there? I tend to think not. Maybe if I wanted someting in nicer format than my original rip and I couldn't find the CD without spending two days looking for it.

    But there doesn't seem to be a way to do extremely selective iTunes Matches like that unless setting up a separate library on a laptop and matching just what I elected to put into that library. That's a time consuming setup. A lot of weighing costs v. benefits involved here.
  5. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    The infrastructure isn't there yet for iCloud to be the end all be all of storage. And I've got all my movies and shows in iTunes, even the ones that weren't purchased from the iTunes store.

    So far, I've had zero issues with iTunes. It's pretty reliable, syncs well with all my devices and with iPhoto. No complaints at all. Now if I could full on control iTunes directly from my iPad, that would be even better.
  6. jomirrivera thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2011
    I'm trying to get rid of every single file in my computer and moving completly to the cloud, but the internet connection is the limiting factor, I have a 4Mbps connection and IMO you need at least 10 to have a pleasant experience working with everything in the cloud. Currently I'm experimenting and I decided to go completly itunes free to see what icloud is capable of doing, but I've been doing this for just about two weeks so it is to early to jump into any conclusions.

    I think icloud is very capable of providing an itunes free experience but I definitely believe it can improve a lot more!
  7. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I use iTunes. I already pay quite a lot for additional Drop Box space and data packages and so on, so not interested in paying more at the moment for cloud sync of iPad. Syncing to iTunes at regular intervals works well for me, I spend hours working on both my Air and my iPad every day, so I just plug it in and keep doing what I'm otherwise doing.
  8. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    No, I don't plug my devices into iTunes anymore. Not since iOS5 was released.

    Between Dropbox, Rdio and iCloud, there's very little need.
  9. iPusch macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2012
    Manhattan, New York
    Yeah I can ;)
  10. Lukkee24 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2011
    I have to use iTunes to back up my iPhone & iPad, since my iCloud 5GB free storage isn't enough.
  11. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Upgrade to 15GB then.....
  12. PengWu macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2012
    I have never liked Itunes. What do you guys think is the best way to manage it?
  13. iEvolution macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Still using iTunes, for one when purchasing through the app store on iOS it annoyingly throws you back to the home page after every purchase. Who ever thought that was a good idea and should not be optional should be canned.

    Music is much more manageable under iTunes vs iOS. Under iCloud it's all or none mentality where as I can customize what I want to sync to what device through iTunes via playlists.
  14. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    I tend to use the wireless sync more than the wired sync, but I definitely use iTunes. I like my iDevice backups on my computer and backed up locally.

    My music library fits on my devices w/o any issues, so I haven't even messed around with iTunes match. Once in a while it would be nice to eliminate the 5 computer limit, or remove the rest of the DRM, but it's just not that big of a deal...

    To me iTunes isn't the issue - it's physically plugging my devices in I don't like. I wish iPhoto had a wireless import also. I don't use PhotoStream, but I would like to be able to offload my iPhone pics with my wireless iTunes sync...
  15. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    All of my musics can't be streamed because not all of them are available through iTunes. I do use my iTunes for backup & syncing movies and stuff.
  16. Lukkee24 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2011
    I can just backup through iTunes, for free. May upgrade in future though.
  17. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    I use iTunes for everything. I have way too much stuff for iCloud to handle so that's not really an option. iTunes works for me though so no complaints. I have all my music on my iPod Classic. I have select tunes for travel/workout on my iPod nano. My MBP is my desktop, so to speak, so it has everything on it. 2TB backup drive to back everything up. And my iPad has a little bit of everything on it.

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