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Old Oct 24th, 2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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More Syncing questions - MobileMe, iPod Touch, MBP, G5

In my long headache inducing bout of Googlin' and asking questions to come up with a syncing strategy I can use to sync up my new MacBook Pro with my G5 PowerMac, I've decided how much fun it will be if I add my iPod Touch into the mix.

Previously, I've had the Touch synced via iTunes with the G5 and have been pleased with how that has worked. I naively thought that somehow it would be just as easy with my MBP, but I've now learned it's not. I've arrived at a strategy for now that involves using MobileMe to sync my Address Book, iCal and Safari Bookmarks, but not syncing my email. That's a can of worms that I'm putting off for now.

I haven't set up the Touch with MobileMe yet. I'm hoping that once I do that I should be able to sync it up with either my MBP or the G5 or am I just being naive again?

Also I plan to manually copy my iTunes library over to the MBP and keep it more or less the same as the original on the G5.
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Old Oct 24th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #2
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the touch should sync easily with your me data in the cloud
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Old Oct 24th, 2009, 04:14 PM   #3
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the touch should sync easily with your me data in the cloud
So I'm not being naive this time, it will "just work"?
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Before I synced my Touch with my MBP I would quickly read and then delete email knowing I would be able to read it later when I got home on the MBP.

Once I did sync it with the MBP, I quickly discovered that when you delete an email on the Touch, it's gonzo on the MBP when you get home.

I soon unsynced the Touch with the MBP since that is where I can file and keep my email. Trying that with a Touch is a nightmare.

I would never ever again sync my Touch with mail of any kind. Managing any volume of email on a Touch is a nasty job anyway when you get hundreds per day.
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Before I synced my Touch with my MBP I would quickly read and then delete email knowing I would be able to read it later when I got home on the MBP.

Once I did sync it with the MBP, I quickly discovered that when you delete an email on the Touch, it's gonzo on the MBP when you get home.

I soon unsynced the Touch with the MBP since that is where I can file and keep my email. Trying that with a Touch is a nightmare.

I would never ever again sync my Touch with mail of any kind. Managing any volume of email on a Touch is a nasty job anyway when you get hundreds per day.
Thanks Sinc. I've already discovered that I didn't want to sync my email with the Touch.

I too tried it briefly before I got the MBP and I only had the G5. Now that I have the MBP, I've still decided that syncing email between the G5 and MBP is still going to be a headache, but I expect I'll be doing a lot of emailing with the portable so I've just set the MBP Mail.app prefs to never delete anything from the server. My definitive copies of all my email and archives will be kept on the G5.

I just set up MobileMe with the Touch (excluding email syncing) and it seems to be working. When I plugged the iPod into the MBP it didn't try to sync anything but only opened iTunes. The settings there stated that I was already syncing Contacts etc using MobileMe.

I just realized that iTunes 9 has this Home Sharing feature. Does anyone know if that means I don't have to manually copy my iTunes songs over from the G5, which is what I had planned to do?
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In my opinion, it's easier to simply access one library through sharing in iTunes than it is to keep multiple libraries in sync with each other.

I can't remember what you ended up deciding re: email. If you ended up moving to an IMAP solution (or mobile me), keeping your three devices in sync will be a snap. If not, it'll be a pain in the you-know-what. I have a desktop, notebook and iPhone and the email is always synced in harmony, including the inbox, folders, sent messages, deleted messages, etc.
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In my opinion, it's easier to simply access one library through sharing in iTunes than it is to keep multiple libraries in sync with each other.

I can't remember what you ended up deciding re: email. If you ended up moving to an IMAP solution (or mobile me), keeping your three devices in sync will be a snap. If not, it'll be a pain in the you-know-what. I have a desktop, notebook and iPhone and the email is always synced in harmony, including the inbox, folders, sent messages, deleted messages, etc.
I decided to stick with POP email for now. I did a couple of tests by setting a couple of gmail addresses as IMAP accounts and I really couldn't figure out what combination of settings and adjustments to both Mail.app and Gmail were going to make things work the way I wanted. The whole thing was giving me a headache so I decided to wait until some future point to attack it again.

I won't be able to access my iTunes library through sharing over the network if me and the MBP are in Vancouver and the G5 is sitting at home in the Gulf Islands. I'm wondering if this new iTunes Home Sharing feature will let me copy things over easily.
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Answered my own question about "Home Sharing" in iTunes 9. It worked well for migrating my iTunes library to my MBP and quickly too. If I want to keep the 2 libraries synced up that should be easy as well because I can restrict my view to the items that are different between the 2 and choose to only copy those. I wonder why they haven't integrated this feature with MobileMe.
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