One Major Reason iTunes Sucks

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Yellowstone2012, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. Yellowstone2012 macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2011
    You can't sync your iOS device to the iTunes library if it is synced to another, meaning you have to "erase and sync" which most users do not want to do, including me.

    If you need to sync without erasing, I recommend "CopyTrans". It's pathetic that Apple hasn't allowed us to do what CopyTrans is capable of.
  2. andalusia macrumors 68030


    Apr 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    An alternative is to Manually Manage your music, and then you can add music to your iOS Device from any machine.
  3. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

    Feb 20, 2010
    Sorry but, "most users" simply need to sync their iPod (or whatever) to a single iTunes library. That much is totally sensible (not to mention obvious). What you're wanting to do is not mainstream, by any measure.

    Why should Apple have to cater to every single, possible, imaginable, oddball, and/or off-the-wall usage scenario? That's usually why 3rd-party shareware exists in the first place. Pay the fee and be happy the app even exists.

    [there well may be some valid reasons why "iTunes sucks" in general... but this isn't one of them.]
  4. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010
    I thought you were going to mention how there is no now-playing feature :p
  5. ehoui macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2011
    I agree -- the synching options are very limited in a family situation with multiple computers and ios devices. It definitely needs improvement.
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Another reason iTunes sucks so bad is cause it doesn't have a derive triple integrals button on it. Seriously, when I'm listening to music I am also generally doing complex calculus problems. Jeeeeezz!!!!!
  7. ehoui macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2011
    Time to get your head out of your calculus book -- synching is a feature of itunes, and it needs improvement.:)
  8. Eclipse278 macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2007
    Command - L
    I think. This is from memory.
  9. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    It's not that big of a deal, manually managing music works well enough for the few times I've needed to sync with more than one library.
  10. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2010
    You can sync manually.

    If you sync with 2 machines it will always be deleting and adding files. Syncing means mirroring. So iTunes doesnt suck.
  11. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    IMO, it shouldn't be a hassle to keep an identical iTunes library on two different machines. It should work more like merging:

    Computer 1: Syncs to iPhone.
    Computer 2: Syncs to iPhone, adding everything from Computer 1 as well as any additional files that it finds.
    Computer 1: The next time you sync, the added files from computer 2 will be added to computer 1.
  12. logandzwon macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    While I agree I'd like this, there are actually a few reasons it doesn't work that way.

    For one, explicitly not allowing this was a recording industry requirement they had before joining iTunes.

    For two, iTunes syncing specifically does not work this way. Itunes considers the iPod to be an extension of itself. If anything is weird, (new songs added or whatever,) it will erase and start over.
  13. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    Just use manually manage music, it will let you take files from five different iTunes libraries. Even if you could automatically sync with multiple libraries and iOS device doesn't have enough storage to do that for most people.
  14. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2010
    Also the 2 iTunes libraries would have to be identical. So one cloned from the other, otherwise the iPad/iPod will be forever deleting and adding files.

    An alternative is to keep your itunes libraby on an external drive with the 2 machines set up to use it. Then just take the drive with you to work or wherever.

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