How to manually manage songs from 3 pc's

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by keevill, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. keevill macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2010
    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.
  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    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:
  3. keevill thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2010

    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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