Why is iphone is restricted to one library?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by scottgroovez, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. scottgroovez macrumors regular

    May 20, 2010
    Whilst researching how to use multiple machines to manage my iphone's media (fixed using hexedit on the libraries) I found out that Apple restrict ipod shuffle's and iphones to only one computer, yet ipads and ipods can use multiple machines.

    Does anyone know why Apple restrict the iphone this way and allow the ipad/ipod to use multiple machines?
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Where are you readying this?

    Its my understanding that unless you have set-up your iDevice to be "Manually Managed", they're all going to be restricted to one computer. Enabling "Manually Manage" allows you to add music and movies from multiple computers.
  3. YEEZY macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2011
    Yes, that's the case for me. No pop-ups of "do you want to sync your computer to this" show up for me. The only thing you can't do is pull out songs from iTunes.
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario

  5. lifeguard macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2010
    So I was wondering could I install all the iTunes Files into a folder on "Dropbox" and then have dropbox on multiple computers? Would itunes know it was syncing the iphone on different computers? the files all would stay the same because "dropbox" syncs them all between computers. Just a thought. anyone ever try it?
  6. Dhelsdon, Aug 11, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2011

    Dhelsdon macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2010
    Canadian Eh!
    I don't see why that wouldn't work. It's not too different than using a network library. Not very practical for storage though since you get 2GB for a free account. I am willing to bet that at least 75% of MR users have well over 10GB of music, apps, and books.
  7. scottgroovez thread starter macrumors regular

    May 20, 2010
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    I read it on this Apple page: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1202

    And specifically point 5 in Additional Info:
    iPod shuffle and iPhone are intended for use with a single computer. You cannot load music from multiple computers or iTunes libraries onto iPod shuffle and iPhone like you can with other devices.
  8. dickdaney macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2009
    I keep my library on an external hd. Then I can use that external hd with any computer. All I have to do is authorize the new computer, sync, de-authorize, and I'm done.
  9. Jigga macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2009
    With the iPhone manually managing still won't allow multiple computers.
  10. scottgroovez thread starter macrumors regular

    May 20, 2010
    I'm just really curious why Apple apply the restrictions to some iDevices and not others. Very odd.
  11. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Back in the day it did :) Most iPods will function like this, but the iPhone (definitely) and perhaps the iPod touch(?) are different and don't have this capability.
  12. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    really thats strange i cant deny it becasue ive never tested it i only know my friends use my music libaray for their ipod 3G and 4G, with no problem
  13. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I don't think you could put your iTunes music folder on Dropbox. There seem to be 3 types that don't play well with dropbox: iTunes, iPhoto, and Quicken.

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