How do you sync?

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  1. stonegammage, Oct 24, 2010
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011

    stonegammage macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2010
    Guys, thank you all for your most gracious help. I am done with this thread and am starting a new clean macrumors site. Thanks
  2. jmazzamj macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
    I use DropBox.

    Cons are you have to keep the files you want to sync in the program folder, but I've read the current beta version allows you to sync the folders you want.

    They offer a 2 GB account for free, 50 and 100 GB plans and no unlimited data plan. If you want to give it a try, follow this link and you and I will get 250 MB more.

    You could also give ChronoSync a try.

  3. gks macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2010
    I wouldn't suggest trying to use your iPhone as the "key" between your devices. Use iTunes Home Sharing if you insist on having your music on both devices. For me. It's enough that my music is on my phone. Why would it then need to be on my laptop? If I have my laptop I have my phone. Thus, why use up limited storage space on something I will now have two copies of (three technically)?

    I'll be using a combination of MobileMe, Dropbox and for various syncing. If the stuff I've been hearing about Strongspace is true Dropbox may only be for items that also need to be on my iPad. Which is a much smaller subset of data.

    Either way, I feel you need to work out the first paragraph of my response first... Why would you want three copies of your music? Just doesn't make sense to me.
  4. Chiquon macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2010
    Twickenham, UK
    I'm also in a similar situation - have a home theatre Mini, MBP, and iPhone. I use the theatre as main music source when at home, but if I am on the road/at friends I use the 20GB of music on my MBP, finally I use the much smaller selection on the phone for running.

    For me the phone doesn't hold enough for general use e.g., picking a rare track to listen to or doing a decent Genius mix.

    At the moment I sync the phone to my MBP, but am having to maintain two unsynced itunes libraries on the other machines.

    Is there a sync option with Home Sharing or some other way to sync itunes libraries on different machines?
  5. stonegammage thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2010
    My thoughts

    Sorry guys it's been a while I know. Man, this MacBook Air is gorgeous. I cannot stop gawking.

    I would really like to have my music on both computers because I am big on syncing and cloud computing. It's what we are all coming to. Apple started it with MobileMe.

    So, I will use MobileMe to sync EVERYTHING. I have already gotten in the habit of syncing ALL of my files to iDisk. This is because there are numerous times at school I forget them. However, I have to remember to export it to WORD format first, to be sure I can open it on either Windows or Mac.

    For media, I am going to sync my phone with both. It is really no big deal to run the iPhoto events twice, or transfer iTunes purchases twice. I only have 16gb of music anyway. I find this easier than jacking with the cloud storage for iTunes and iPhoto. There are so many kinks in that it isn't worth it.
  6. stonegammage thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2010
    See, the problem with home sharing is that both computers have to be on the same WiFi networks (apple prefers Airport, as do I) and what if the laptop is closed? What is I go to San Antonio and want to sync it? Right now I am going to sync with my iPhone to both as I started right below. But do you have any other suggestions? I am WIDE OPEN. I always like to do things the best they can be done. Thank you.
  7. NathanBent macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2010
    To keep my documents synced up I usually use a mixture of Dropbox and Google Documents. Dropbox I use for files that I want to be able to bring up on any computer I use, and to keep things I work on the most often constantly updated. Google Documents I normally use to keep documents I plan to share with other people, or that I want to be able to see at a moments notice.
    I also have Google sync with my calendars through iCal, my mail through Mail and my contacts through address book. It takes some messing around with, but it has been very useful when I need to be able to get a friend's number or address or something from a friends computer or phone.
  8. liamwillib macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2009
    I feel your pain, the whole computing world seems to be in an awkward limbo between cloud and local computing and i haven't yet found a full on solution. I thought i'd add my piece though ;)

    A possible solution for your docs seeing as it sounds like you might be using iWorks is to consider its in beta and not quite all that it could be yet but if you use it to create your .doc copies of all your iwork documents, it means you only have the noe local iWork copy of the document and not what could be a messy option of loads of different format versions of the same document on your computer. I hope matures into a more effortless apple-like solution which would be a cross between local document editing combined effortlessly with online. Along the same lines you could just transition fully to cloud office solutions like google docs and the like and have it all purely edited and stored online.

    i wanted to use local iDisk the way it sounds like you do but I found a problem, it doesn't work well with time machine. Time machine backs up versions of the local iDisk as a whole, not versions of the individual files so when i deleted part of a document saved on my iDisk, and wanted to retrieve an old copy of the document a week later it was almost impossible. I think i had to restore a copy of the whole iDisk and fish out the file i needed. Someone please tell me this has changed in snow lepoard because this would have been such a good solution for me.

    Also im not sure you fully understood a previous suggestion of using iTunes home sharing. I believe it was suggested that you use home sharing when at home to transfer (sync) all your music etc. between your computers instead of using your phone as a transfer medium. Your hardly gonna be in San Antonio and your imac suddenly thinks to itself "stonegammage might like this album so i think i'll download it for him so he can sync with me" lol. I think I also found some itunes folder syncing scripts a year or two ago that you could set to automatically sync the folders containing your music, maybe they have been updated to take advantage of "home sharing" ??? worth a google.

    Hope some of this helps you. Hopefully someone else might chime in and help us both even more. Good luck
  9. stonegammage thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2010
    You really know what you are doing! Very good. So how would I go about this "homesharing" idea. Is there some way to set it up automagically? lol
  10. stonegammage thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2010
    Changed my mind...

    You know...I want the iPad. My iMac is great, i've got an iphone 4, I think the iPad is the way for me to go. I am in 8th grade. Do you guys agree?

    QUESTION: Can I download documents from iDisk app directly to iPad?
  11. liamwillib, Nov 4, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 4, 2010

    liamwillib macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2009

    this should help, just skip to 5:10

    iPad sounds like a good idea for you. Yes you can transfer directly from idisk to the iPad iDisk app. You can test it out on your iPhone before you commit to buying an iPad, its the same app. Other apps that are similar but do slightly different things include air sharing and ZumoCast. iDisk app should be more than enough for what you need but thought i'd let you know about some others too
  12. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    I use ChronoSync, DropBox and MobileMe.

    With ChronoSync I can sync any folder bi directional or just off load content when I'm done.

    It also syncs iPhoto great!
  13. stonegammage thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2010
  14. pinkcamino macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2010
    Getting Existing Mail Msgs from Apple Mail to MM

    So I'm finally ready to convert from using Apple Mail to MobileMe mail so I don't have to double file/delete emails on my computer and my iPhone. I have Comcast which is POP but I will have Comcast forward emails to MM and just ignore the Comcast inbox. My question is: I have lots of mail folders and years and years worth of old emails on my computer that I would like to have for reference on MM so I don't have to be looking in two places... is there a way to do that?

    This is my first post, too... thanks !

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