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You can drag items from your iTunes library to your iOS devices and they will automatically start syncing and installing. In addition to copying the item(s) you drag, a full sync is initiated. This occurs when your iOS device is set to automatically sync; you don't need to have it set for manual syncing for this to happen.

[kirkmc adds: Hmm... is this really new? I had never heard of this, but It's certainly useful. The hint submitted was about syncing apps, but when I tried other items, they installed as well. When I dragged an album, it synced, and when I checked the Music tab in iTunes, that album was checked in the list of albums. This is actually a very good way of syncing items to an iOS device. Instead of dealing with checking and unchecking boxes on the different tabs, you can just drag what you want to your device. This is different from a manual sync, where you only drag items; this retains automatic syncing, yet still allows you to add items to the device by dragging.]
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Drag and drop to install items on iOS devices
Authored by: fahirsch on Mar 20, '12 08:16:26AM

At least since iOS 5. I have used this several times with books



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Drag and drop to install items on iOS devices
Authored by: cibi3d on Mar 20, '12 08:52:35AM

There is a section in the Music tab of the device for songs copied using this method.



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Drag and drop to install items on iOS devices
Authored by: jaydisc on Mar 20, '12 07:49:26PM

This can be a bit dangerous if your iOS device was NOT previously set to sync apps.... rather say, all direct downloads. iTunes will thusly ERASE all apps installed from other methods and turn on syncing after you do this the first time. Granted this was a few months ago. I haven't had the balls to try it again since, as I don't sync apps with iTunes.



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Drag and drop to install items on iOS devices
Authored by: michaelj on Mar 21, '12 11:46:26AM

I've been doing this for years with music, back to the days of the original iPod. Not a new hint at all.



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Drag and drop to install items on iOS devices
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 21, '12 12:29:34PM

If you set your iPod to manually manage music, yes. Read the hint; this works even if that option is not checked.

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