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macrumors regular
Original poster
May 17, 2011
I currently have an iMac that acts as my base where I contact all of my iPhones and iPads to sync music and movies through iTunes. It also holds all of my photos and movies as well. I recently ordered a macbook pro that will serve as mobile workstation so I don't necessarily want my photos on there because I have over 20,000 photos but I would like to have my music and some of the movies that I've purchased on there.

So normally, with my iPhones and iPads, i connect them to the iMac and then iTunes will launch and I can manually add music, movies, and photos to each of the devices as I wish. How would I do this with a macbook pro? Do I connect it to the iMac and then launch iTunes on the iMac and then select each of the movies and songs that I want added to the macbook pro?

I saw something about homesharing but it seems that for this to work, both computers need to be on and using the same network. I would like the songs and movies to be physically on the macbook pro and not accessed via the cloud. Is there a way to set this up?


macrumors P6
Mar 21, 2011
Australia, Perth
home sharing computers or devices must be on the same network : https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT202190

While u sign-in with Apple ID on each device that's just for security... noting is shared over icloud. but would be easier option.

If all u want is data from one mac on another, why not get a hard drive instead of using iPhone as a storage for transferring on and off between Mac's ? as that sounds like that is what u'r doing now.

I'd just use Home sharing.
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