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Sync multiple iTunes music libraries with one iPhone
Authored by: DocMan on Nov 25, '08 12:14:18PM

And you've pretty much always been able to do this if you're willing to Manually Manage the music on your device.

Some would say that because you are Manually Managing music, you are NOT syncing.

Not much of a hint either way.

Doc



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Sync multiple iTunes music libraries with one iPhone
Authored by: mrmobius on Nov 25, '08 01:33:36PM

Manully managing doesn't work with the iPhone. You can't add music to an iPhone from another library even when that option is enabled. This is an iPhone only hint. Regular iPods don't have this limitation.



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Sync multiple iTunes music libraries with one iPhone
Authored by: zane on Nov 25, '08 02:03:01PM

This is a hint, and a rather good one at that.

As the OP just mentioned, you cannot add music to an iPhone from two separate libraries, even with the "Manually manage…" option checked. If you have this option checked in your main library, then quit and relaunch iTunes opening your secondary library, the "Manually manage…" option will appear as unchecked, and dragging of music onto the iPhone from the secondary library is disabled. Re-checking the option with the secondary library open and hitting "Apply" results in a "The iPhone Blah is synced with another library…" dialog, with only a "Cancel" or "Erase and Sync option" available.

I will try this hint out a litter later, re-linking my 100gb or so external library after switching the library files will take some time I think.

It's annoying that copying music from separate libraries under a "Manually manage…" scenario is not available for the iPhone by default.



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