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Q: How do you send a photo from the iPhone to another cell phone?

- Colleen

A: Most cell phones that provide “picture messaging” capabilities use a feature known as Multimedia Messaging Services, or MMS for short. Unfortunately, the iPhone does not support MMS, so there is no way to send a picture directly from the iPhone to another cell phone.

You can work around this, however, by using the iPhone’s e-mail feature. Since the iPhone does allow you to send photos via e-mail, and many cellular carriers provide e-mail-to-MMS gateways, you can send a picture to another cellular phone user simply by e-mailing it to the appropriate e-mail address. These addresses normally take the form of the recipients cellular phone number followed by a carrier-specific domain name. For example, to send a message to somebody on the T-Mobile network you could send it as an e-mail to 9175551212 @ tmomail.net. A user in our iLounge Discussion Forums has created a helpful post with common MMS gateways for U.S. carriers in the thread How to Send MMS from the iPhone.

Of course, if you’re sending a picture to another iPhone user, or even a user of a device like a Blackberry, Palm or Windows Mobile device, there’s really no need to use MMS at all. Since these devices also support e-mail, you can just send the picture out via e-mail like you normally would, and the recipient should be able to view it through their normal e-mail client on their smartphone.

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Macbook Air, Itunes & iPod.

I have my itunes library stored on an external hard drive.(Go to preferences, Advanced, iTunes folder loacation)  The reason the optical disc cannot connect to the external hub is because of the voltage requirements which is 10v vs the normal 5v.  This drive is designed only to work with the macbook air.  The work around is to import the cd using the optical drive, which will import it to your macbook air hard drive.  Attach the iPod which wil sync the new songs to your iPod.  restart iTunes with the external hard drive attached so that it is recognized by iTunes as the source of your library and go to"Advance” on the toolbar and select the command “Consolidate library.  This will move the songs on your hard drive over to your external hard drive so that your library is all in one spot.

Posted by oric00 on April 5, 2008 at 7:17 AM (PDT)

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Advice for Mark:

Please think twice before using your iPod as the sole storage location for your copied CDs. Should anything happen to that iPod, all of the time you spent transfering CDs into iTunes will have been wasted.

Due to the somewhat fragile nature of an iPod (especially hard drive-based iPods like the Classic), this isn’t a case of “if” disaster will strike, but “when”. Also keep in mind that one of the most common remedies for a buggy iPod is to ‘Restore’ or erase its contents and reset everything back to factory default.

As the other poster pointed out, you can invest in an external hard drive and use it as the new location of your iTunes library.

If this isn’t an option, you should (at the very least) burn or copy your iTunes songs to a data-CD before deleting them from your computer. Using standard settings, you should be able to fit 200-300 songs onto one data-CD.

In the event that your iPod crashes and you have to reload it with music, it will be much easier to rebuild your iTunes library using a few data-CDs, rather than having to re-rip every music-CD you own.

Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Posted by fondy442 on April 7, 2008 at 6:43 AM (PDT)

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That last comment is also very good advice, particularly for music purchased from the iTunes Store or obtained in a digital-only format otherwise.

However, just to be clear, the question was focused around being able to rip CDs to an iPod.  In this case, for somebody who is building a library exclusively from CDs, however, this may be less of an issue—certainly it’s a balancing act between convenience and storage.  In the event of catastrophic data loss, you still have the original CDs, after all.  While re-ripping them may be a nuisance, it’s not quite the same thing as losing them completely.

One should most definitely never rely on an iPod as the sole location of one’s music library.  However, original physical CDs are still a decent form of “backup”—possibly an even better one considering that they’re original-quality “lossless” in nature.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on April 7, 2008 at 4:37 PM (PDT)

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It’s a tricky setup. It lends credence to the idea of the Air being a secondary computer. My advice, which won’t suit everyone, would be to buy a desktop machine for iTunes management. It doesn’t even have to be an advanced machine nor a recent model. I have an Air but I run all my iPods through my Mini, which has the storage and the optical drives (one internal, one external) to handle the job. The Air is not suited to this type of mass-storage manipulation.

A third-party company needs to develop a hardware workaround. A hub that provides even one more port while still allowing the optical drive to work would be optimum, but an external hard drive that has pass-through USB ports would also be a good idea: store your library on the drive and connect your iPod through the pass-through ports. You could connect the optical, rip some CDs, plug in the hard drive, transfer to it, sync iPod, etc.

Posted by Japester on April 8, 2008 at 4:40 PM (PDT)

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My daughter and I both use the same computer to download our music but don’t know how to separate our libraries.  There must be an easier way than to select or de-select songs when updating our ipods.  .  I think that we both registered our ipods with the same name so maybe we have to re-register?  Please advise.  Thanks!!  Suzi and Hallye

Posted by Suzi on April 29, 2008 at 7:54 PM (PDT)

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I have an iPod that is formatted for Mac because I was living with my dad. I’ve moved in with my mom who has a Windows XP and when I try to plug my iPod in to her computer it says I have to restore the iPod and completely erase all the music off of it before I can get music off her computer.  Is there a way to keep the music on my iPod or to be able to put it on her computer?

Any and all advice would be much appreciated.

Posted by Victoria on May 15, 2008 at 12:33 AM (PDT)

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Suzi: You can find some tips on this in other Ask iLounge columns, but the basic solution is to either connect your iPods to the same library and use the “Selected Playlists” sync setting so that you each only get the content you want.  You can then each build custom playlists for your own content.  If you’re using newer iPod models and a current version of iTunes, you can even organize those playlists into folders and just sync the entire folder structure to the iPod.  Note that the iPods should have different names in this case, but you can rename an iPod simply by double-clicking on it in iTunes.  You can otherwise connect them both to the same iTunes library, and sync them at the same time.

If your musical tastes are significantly different and you want to maintain your own separate libraries, the simplest solution is just to set up a different user account on your computer—each user account gets its own iTunes library by default. If you have some of the same music, this will be duplicated on your computer as the libraries are completely isolated from each other by default.

Victoria: To access a Mac-formatted iPod on a Windows PC, you’ll need to get another third-party software application that allows Windows to read Mac-formatted disks (the iPod is really just an external hard drive in this context).  MediaFour’s MacDrive is the recommended solution for this, but unfortunately this is commercial software that you would have to purchase.  The trial version might work depending on how much content you want to transfer and whether or not you plan to continue using it (I can’t remember what the specific trial restrictions are off-hand).  You can find it at http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive

Once MacDrive is installed, you can then access your iPod as if it were a Windows-formatted iPod.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on May 15, 2008 at 4:54 AM (PDT)

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I also need the answer to Two Ipods on one computer, Question No5 Posted by Suzi on April 29, 2008 at 7:54 PM (PDT)

Posted by J.R.Styth on May 16, 2008 at 7:40 AM (PDT)

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