iPad iTunes library

Discussion in 'iPad' started by antdawe, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. antdawe macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    Just picked up my new iPad today so I'm like a kid with a new toy.

    I have an iPhone but don't want all my iPhone apps mixed up with my iPad apps and vice versa.

    how do I go about having two separate libraries for both my ipad and iPhone.
  2. fletch33 macrumors regular


    Dec 11, 2008
    Under a Rug
    cant you just create a playlist named iPad and one called iPhone and just sync them appropriately? also for the apps you should be able to decide what apps you want to sync to what device.
  3. antdawe thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    I'm just gonna set up a new user name on my Mac now specifically for my iPad. Apple need to address the issue regarding syncing multiple devices on one username. Thanks anyway
  4. testcard macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    You can manage your apps and music very easily with iTunes. It will recognise each device connected and allow you to choose which music and apps are synced to each device.
  5. wyneken macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2010
    The great State of Maine
    That seems like an awkward "solution" to something that isn't really a problem.

    It would be much less trouble to do as others have suggested and just:

    1. Plug in either device.
    2. Tell iTunes to "Sync selected playlists" and then check the box beside the ones you want. (You will probably want to create new playlists or smart playlists for each device, but obviously you'd end up doing that anyway, much less conveniently, in separate user accounts.)
    3. Go to the Apps tab and check the boxes for the apps you want on that device.
    4. Plug in the other device and do the same thing.

    Now you're set. You can do this for as many devices as you want. Right now I've got two iPads and one iPod synced to one Mac using the same user account. No problem. It's how the system is designed to work. There is no "issue" here for Apple to deal with.
  6. sapporobaby macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2007
    3 earth minutes from your location....
    Bit confused here but this is an interesting topic.

    You say playlist, as in songs playlist? Can you create a playlist for apps?
  7. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    I have both and have no issues. iTunes sees them as totally seperate devices with seperate apps, music, photos...
  8. Hammie macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    I have two ipads, two iPhones, two iPod Nanos and one iPod Touch al with the same user name and password. Each device has its own music playlist that syncs to that device. Additionally, I select the apps that I want to use with each device.

    It really is not that difficult.
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Not exactly, but the end result is similar.

    When you connect an iPad (or iPhone or iPod touch) to a computer, and you start iTunes, you get a series of tabs for the device where you can control what you want to sync with that device. You have a tab for apps, music, videos, podcasts, etc. Some tabs give you several different ways of selecting what to sync with your iDevice, music being the most complex tab. The tab for apps is quite simple, you just check the apps you want to sync with that particular device, and only the checked apps get synced, the unchecked ones stay off. Since iTunes remembers the settings for each iDevice, each device can have its own set of apps, music, podcasts, etc, that you sync with it.

    This sounds more complex when written out than in practice. Just trust us and hook up multiple iDevices to your computer, and go through all the different tabs and check out what they do. It'll make more sense once you see it in action.
  10. antdawe thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    I love these forums. It gives people the opportunity to learn things they never knew before. This is much better than my two user accounts idea. Big thanks to everyone that contributed here.

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