How to transfer new music without syncing?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gaanee, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. gaanee macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2011
    I recently formatted my laptop and transferred all music collection to external hard drive, I haven't got to transferring it back and now have new music on laptop which I want to transfer to iPhone. If I sync, then I think I will lose existing music from iPhone. Can I transfer new music to iPhone without losing what's already there?
  2. HERO XXL macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    $24.99 gets you iTunes Match. Look into it. I haven't looked back since.
  3. gaanee thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2011
    I'm looking for a solution to copy new music library while keeping the existing one on the iPhone intact, since it is not on the same computer.
  4. i1280 macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2012
    Can you not adjust the settings to manually sync, add the songs and then update your library later?
  5. gaanee thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2011
    Yes, that's what I want to do. How do I add new music if I set iTunes to manual sync?
  6. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Drag and drop, I'm amazed that people use auto-sync personally.
  7. gaanee thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2011
    I am looking to drag and drop music to iPhone instead syncing. When I click on Manually manage music in iTunes, it wants to erase and sync But then I'll lose what's on iPhone. Could you please tell me how and fro where to drag and drop?
  8. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    You can't sync with two different iTunes libraries, your old library counting as the first one.

    To interact with your new library, it will need to delete what was added to your phone by the old library.
  9. gaanee thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2011
    There is no easy way around without deleting old library and just manually adding new?
  10. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Really, you don't use Smart Playlists? I love them. I've got one that copies 25 random songs from my library that have never been played, another one that keeps my favorite songs synced, another one that keeps 25 of my favorite songs that I haven't heard in the last month, another one that keeps the last 50 songs added to my library, etc. The songs automatically change on those based on last play date, ratings, date added to library, etc.

    I couldn't imagine managing music manually. I guess if your library is small enough to fit entirely on your device, that'd be OK.

    AFAIK, you can't do what you're trying to do.

    If your iTunes is telling you that, it's because it thinks those songs on your iPhone came from a different iTunes library.

    You can buy a program like senuti which will copy the songs on your iPhone over to your computer, then you can erase and sync everything back.

    But in general, no, you can't just hook up to some random computer and transfer new music over, at least not with the Apple "Music" app in iOS + iTunes.
  11. sillywabbit macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    This is one of the many things I dislike about apple's iphone.

    Android is so much simpler....

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