PC to Mac, what do I do now?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by doodman, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. doodman macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2009
    I have a macbook pro coming tomorrow and i'm unsure what to do concerning my iTunes and my iPhone (yes, i realize this is NOT an iPhone forum but for the purposes of this post it serves the same function as an iPod).

    currently, i synchronize outlook contacts, outlook calendar, and a couple of playlists (i do NOT sync my computer's entire mp3 music collection) from my PC to my iPhone.

    I have backed up all my music to an ext HD which i will connect to my new MBP and then will transfer all the music to the MBP. also, once i get the MBP, I will import my calendar and contacts from PC to the MBP (iCal and iContacts - i think this is what they're called on mac).

    Now how do i go about connecting my iPhone to the MBP and syncing with it? Will iTunes erase all the data on my iPhone and replace it with data on my MBP or will I be able to keep the existing iPhone data and iTunes will recognize that i'm just switching to a new master sync computer?

    sorry! i'm new to mac and i'm confused about this process. thanks in advance for the replies!

  2. samh004 macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    You can only sync your iPhone with one computer, so if you plug it into the mac, it'll ask if you want to sync it with it, and that will result in all your data being erased and replaced with what is on the mac.

    If you choose not to sync it then you can charge it from your new mac, but it wont be able to transfer any information.
  3. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008

    Check down there at the bottom. I'd suggest looking on Apple's site for how to migrate your data. I want to say there's something called Migration Assistant, but that could be a Windows thing.

    As for iPhones, it will erase your data and sync the new stuff on your Mac.
  4. Winni macrumors 68030


    Oct 15, 2008
    Isn't it interesting that "synchronization" in Apple terminology is a one-way-street, while everybody else on the planet defines synchronization as something that works in two directions?

    This is the single most annoying "feature" of the iPod. I'd rather call it a major design flaw that should be fixed yesterday, but obviously Apple really believes they implemented a feature here. And to make things worse, you cannot even copy files from your iPod to your computer (unless you bought DRMed stuff from the iTunes store).

    To the original poster: The way of the least struggle is to live with the fact that you have to "synchronize" your iPod with your new computer. And once you're over it, swear to yourself to never buy an Apple iPod again.

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