Using multiple iPods, iPhones, or iPads with iTunes

Using multiple iPods, iPhones, or iPads with iTunes 1

Just purchase your second Apple media device? Not to worry—iTunes can easily handle as many devices as your computer has ports, and then some. If you’ve got multiple iOS devices, just check “Set up as a new device” when you first connect to iTunes, and to help keep track of them, make sure you give each one a unique name. Once this is done, you’ll be able to pick and choose what music, videos, apps, and other media you want to put on each device individually, meaning each member of the family can have their own favorites on their iPods, iPhones, or iPads, with the added benefit of having separate backups for all your iOS devices.

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  1. And if you connect multiple iOS devices to your computer (at least confirmed for a Mac) at the same time, you can sync the devices simultaneously. Simply select each device in turn in iTunes and click Sync.

  2. Yup. On a Mac you can also trigger the sync from an Applescript, which when combined with a scheduling app can be a useful way of ensuring that everything gets synced in the morning before you run out the door if you regularly leave your iPods or other devices charging on your computer overnight.

  3. And if you connect multiple iOS devices to your computer (at least confirmed for a Mac) at the same time, you can sync the devices simultaneously. Simply select each device in turn in iTunes and click Sync.

  4. Yup. On a Mac you can also trigger the sync from an Applescript, which when combined with a scheduling app can be a useful way of ensuring that everything gets synced in the morning before you run out the door if you regularly leave your iPods or other devices charging on your computer overnight.

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