new mba. how do you transfer music from iphone to mba

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nbebawe, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. nbebawe macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2010
    hi. i just bought a new macbook air. i would like to sync all my music from my iphone4 to itunes on my mba. can i do this? and if so.. how?
  2. linkandzelda macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2010
    Well there is one tricky way: It involves modifying your iTunes library xml file on the MBA. You see, the iPhone wont let you sync your music to any computer die to copyright reasons. So you have to trick the iPhone into thinking that the new MBA is actually your original computer. And this is done by the library ID type thing in the xml file. If you want to know how to do this, then just ask and i'll write up a small guide showing how its done. Its quick and simple.

  3. nbebawe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2010
    yes please! i would really like to find out how to do this!!
  4. linkandzelda macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2010
    Ok sure. the steps below will outline a breif guide of how to do it.

    1. Navigate to the folder Machintosh HD/Users/[your username]Music/iTunes/ on your old mac which you synced your iPhone with.

    2. You will see an xml file in their called iTunes Music Library.xml (or similar)

    3. Open it using TextEdit.

    4. Search the file for the text: "<key>Library Persistent ID</key>" without the quotes.

    5. Right next to this you will see an ID number made from letters and numbers. Make a note of this number.

    6. Repeat steps 1-5 on your new MBA.

    7. The Id will be different to that of the old mac, so delete the ID and replace it with the exact ID from your old mac.

    8. Save the file and close/reopen iTunes. Your iPhone should be fully sync able between both computers now.

    I used this method when i wanted an identical music library on two computers and also be able to sync music and manage my iPhone from each one. It works wonders.

    Hope it helps, and any problems just ask i'll try and help.
  5. bamf macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2008
    You could also use PhoneView to do this. It lets you attach to your phone like it's a hard disk and you can copy off the music.
  6. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008

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