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Old Sep 17th, 2010, 11:45 AM   #1
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Can't transfer music on my iPhone

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I can't transfer music onto my iPhone in iTunes 10. I plug it in and it shows up in the left bar but when I click drag songs, the ipod doesn't "light up" in blue and just stays gray and the songs just whip right back into my library without transfering.

Gotta go teach music now and I've gotta lug my damn macbook with me because I can't get my music on my virginal 32 GB iPhone with not a second of music on it! Argg!
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Um.. you need to transfer songs via the iPhone window when the iPhone appears iTunes. It's not done manually via drag and dropping. You didn't know this? See screenshot.
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Old Sep 17th, 2010, 01:39 PM   #3
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Hello,

I can't transfer music onto my iPhone in iTunes 10. I plug it in and it shows up in the left bar but when I click drag songs, the ipod doesn't "light up" in blue and just stays gray and the songs just whip right back into my library without transfering.

Gotta go teach music now and I've gotta lug my damn macbook with me because I can't get my music on my virginal 32 GB iPhone with not a second of music on it! Argg!
If you want to drag and drop specific songs onto your iPhone then you have to do it in iTunes and "manually manage music" has to be checked off under the summary tab when your iPhone is plugged in.
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Um.. you need to transfer songs via the iPhone window when the iPhone appears iTunes. It's not done manually via drag and dropping. You didn't know this? See screenshot.
You've always been able to just drag and drop media onto your device in the left hand column of iTunes...
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You've always been able to just drag and drop media onto your device in the left hand column of iTunes...
See 'shooting_rubber's response. That isn't the default option.
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See 'shooting_rubber's response. That isn't the default option.
The iPod series has always been like that to my knowledge, as far back as I recall with my iPod Mini. You had to manually manage your songs or else you couldn't just drag and drop your songs onto the device.
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If you want to drag and drop specific songs onto your iPhone then you have to do it in iTunes and "manually manage music" has to be checked off under the summary tab when your iPhone is plugged in.
I usually auto-sync my smart playlists but I am also able to drop individual songs into my iPhone without the "manually manage music" box checked off. Can others do this too or is this because my iPhone is jailbroken?
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In any case, if all else fails, you can sync what you want via the iPhone Music menu.
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Be warned that you cannot put music on your iPhone without some sort of syncing, unfortunately.

As someone who has never liked or wanted to use syncing, this crippling "feature" has all but completely eliminated the iPod functionality of an iPhone.

Specifically, if you connect your iPod to one computer, check "Manage manually" so you can actually put music on it, and then connect your iPhone to a different computer (even if authorized and all the music is ripped anyway), you'll find you cannot put any music on your phone from the second computer, and the "Manage manually" box now appears unchecked.

If you try to check that box now, it will tell you the iPod is synced to another computer, even if under the Music tab you still aren't showing as having synced your music.

In other words, even with manual management, you can only add music/podcasts to your iPhone from one computer. For those like myself who connect and listen to my iPod both at work and at home, it means my iPhone is relatively useless (the other feature I needed was disk use) and I still carry around and rely on my 5-year old iPod 5G.

As noted on this page (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1202):

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.
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Old Aug 31st, 2012, 11:34 PM   #10
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Transfer iPhone music

Ah the tabs are in iTunes, not in the phone. Gotcha. And there is an advert pops up in iTunes when I connect the phone. I had to decline the advert before I saw the music tab and the sync options.
My HQ VBR MP3s working fine, now, thanks all for your help.
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