Friday, March 9, 2012

Music Into the Phone

I have tons of music CD's.

I don't even listen to many of them any more - most only have a song or two that I care to listen to more than one time.

So it is time to get them all in order, and imported into my new phone.

iTunes is the only game in town when it comes to putting music on the iPhone, and I am finding it is a bit limiting.

The phone can only be synced with one PC.

I have music on two computers.  

Through my network, iTunes allows me to listen to the music on both of them through one computer, but I cannot "move" the songs onto the phone from the second PC.

That is just how it is.

So, since most of my music is on my old computer, that is the one I have synced the phone with.

But it only has 1 gig of space left on it - new songs from the CD's will eat that up with just a handful of songs.

So, moving the music onto an external hard drive was the only option available.

iTunes cannot run from the external drive, but it will access the music from it.

Which is just perfect - I have 40 gigs left on it and that's plenty.

So, after following the instructions that I found on this website,  my library now lives on the external drive, and the iPhone and iTunes have synced it with no problems.

The biggest "problem" I have though is of my own making.

The external drive needs to be turned on before iTunes is opened.

And that means, don't hook up the phone first either - it automatically opens iTunes as soon as it is attached to the PC.

Errors keep coming up when that happens - iTunes cannot find the library.

They say the memory is the first thing to go - I think I better write a note to remind myself about it.

To save myself the aggravation I keep inflicting on me.

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