iPhone and iTunes has me by the balls

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Scoth, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Scoth macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    Today I realized that I hadn't backed up my 4S in a while so I opened up iTunes. When I tried backing it up it gave me an error, and I did some research and found that people solved it by deleting their old backup, so that's what I did. After that, when I tried backing up again I got an error "The iPhone 'iPhone' could not be synced because the sync session failed to start." I decided to upgrade to the latest version of iTunes to see if that would help, since I wanted to upgrade it anyways. Now when I plug in my phone, iTunes says that it can't read the contents of my phone and that I have to restore it.

    Long story short, I now have no backup and am faced with wiping out the music and apps I bought since I last synced with iTunes. And I don't have iCloud, by the way.

    Any help?
  2. JPM42 macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2007
    For all your iTunes purchased content (including apps), you should be able to redownload them all by going to the purchased section, in the iTunes Store.
  3. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA

    It sounds like this is literally your only option. Get iCloud for the next go around. At least most of your setting will be saved.
  4. motoleo macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2012
    Use SharePod to save your music to your computer. And there is a way to save your apps too. Right click "iPhone" and transfer purchases to iTunes.

  5. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    Considering you have a 4S, your best option is really to turn on iCloud.
  6. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    Try creating a free iCloud account, back up to that. Then when you plug into iTunes on your computer, restore it. Then during the setup have everything sync back from iCloud. After that, make a backup on your computer. It's a lengthy process, but it seems like the only alternative if you don't want to lose your data and such (this is assuming you have your music/videos/camera roll on your computer to add back afterward as iCloud won't back these up).
  7. tremlock macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2008
    The Land of Cleves
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A406 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Happened to me before. I unplugged, did a hard reset, restarted my Mac plugged back in and all was fine. It worked for me so hopefully it will work for you!
  8. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    Am I the only one who thinks this is a piss poor option? If Apple allowed us to mount the iPhone as a hard disk we could just copy/paste music, photos etc onto it. A lot safer than having to rely on iTunes sync.

    I understand that you were helping the guy and this is literally his only choice, I just think it's terrible that that's all he can do!
  9. ssmed macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2009
    This will not work for Movies or Audiobooks in the UK so I would check your country's licensing rules before committing to this solution.
  10. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    This si why I will ALWAYS hate iTunes and Apple's restrictions it puts on us!

    This is why Android and Windows OS will do well.

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