I have a 16GB iPhone with all of my contacts saved on it. They were added directly from the iPhone, and were not previously synced from anything. I recently updated my Macbook from Leopard to Snow Leopard, and since my computer was feeling a little sluggish, I opted for a fresh install. Little did I know what an oversight that was! The last time I synced the iPhone was through the Leopard iTunes. Of course, when I connect it now, it will not sync, because it recognizes the Snow Leopard iTunes as a new iTunes. Consequently, I've authorized the new iTunes for my purchased material, and I synced my purchases as well. Now I have two questions, and it concerns the same issue about syncing: If I want to automatically sync the iPhone to iTunes, I must select the erase and sync option right? I also wish to manually manage my music and videos, so that would also require a complete wipe, correct? If so, then I have a dilemma. While I've already transferred my purchases over, and created a backup of my iPhone, and backed up my music and videos to the iTunes library, how do I backup my Contacts so that I can re-sync them after the phone is erased? Since I did a fresh install, I don't have them in the Mac's Address Book (come to think of it, I didn't have them in there even when I was using Leopard), so I'm not sure how I would go about it. If I select the "Merge" option when syncing my contacts, it will wipe them out, since the Address Book is empty. I know that I have a Yahoo! account, but there doesn't seem to be any way to directly sync my contacts directly from the phone to Yahoo!. I also can't import the contacts into Address Book, because the iPhone isn't a mounted drive, so I can't select it from the Import selection window. I suppose that if worse came to worse, I could manually copy every contact I have from the phone into Address Book. It's just that I have 132 contacts, so it seems like a very tedious workaround. I defer to the wisdom of the Mac Geniuses here, who may be able to solve this conundrum, because I am completely out of ideas!