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Connect an iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV

The iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV are digital devices designed to work with iTunes. For information about current models/prices, visit

In addition to storing hundreds of hours of songs and videos, your Apple device can also hold podcasts, TV shows, photos, Address Book contacts, iCal events, email messages, and bookmarks. You’ll use iTunes to transfer all of this information from your computer to your iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV.

When you connect an Apple device to your computer, iTunes will automatically switch to the device interface (shown below). All of the controls you need to control your iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV are located in this interface. A quick overview of this interface is shown here.

Transfer content to an iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV

iTunes provides a number of different options for transferring music, videos, and other content to your device. Generally speaking, there are three different approaches to managing content on your device:

  • Automatically sync music, movies, and TV shows: iTunes will automatically copy all of the music, movies, and TV shows on your computer to your iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV.
  • Automatically sync selected content only: iTunes will automatically copy selected content onto your iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV. This is a good option if your iTunes Library is larger than your device’s storage capacity.
  • Manually manage music and videos: If you select this option, you must manually copy content to your device. This is a good way to add music to your device from other authorized computers without completely replacing all music on the iPod with the current computer’s iTunes collection. You must select this option if you want to see individual device playlists in the Source list, or if you want to select and play songs from the device through the computer.

Automatically sync music, movies, and TV shows

  1. Connect an iPhone or iPod to your Mac using a USB connection. If you’re using an Apple TV, make sure it’s turned on and wirelessly connected to your Mac.
  2. Open iTunes if it’s not already open. The device appears in the iTunes Source list.
  3. Select the device.
  4. Make sure Manually manage music and videos is deselected.
  5. Click Apply.

Automatically sync selected content with your device

iTunes allows you to sync music, movies, and TV shows with your iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV. But it also allows you to transfer other valuable information from your computer, such as Address Book contacts, iCal events, Safari bookmarks, and photos from your iPhoto library.

  1. Connect an iPhone or iPod to your computer using a USB connection. If you’re using an Apple TV, make sure it’s turned on and wirelessly connected to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes if it’s not already open. The device appears in the iTunes Source list.
  3. Select the device.
  4. Make sure Manually manage music and videos is selected.
  5. Select a content tab in the device interface (below).
  6. Make sure the Sync checkbox is selected. For most content types, iTunes lets you choose to sync all of the content or only selected items.
  7. Click Apply in the bottom right corner of the iTunes window.

Manually manage music and videos

  1. Connect an iPhone or iPod to your computer using a USB connection. If you’re using an Apple TV, make sure it’s turned on and wirelessly connected to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes if it’s not already open. The device appears in the iTunes Source list.
  3. Select the device.
  4. Make sure Manually manage music and videos is selected (shown on previous page).
  5. To transfer music to your device, drag songs and videos from your iTunes Libraries and drop them onto the device’s icon.

Remember that you must manually transfer all of the content to your iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV when you select the Manually manage music and videos options. You can automatically sync only some content to your iPod, such as a playlist or list of podcasts, by setting iTunes to transfer this content. See page 263.

Use an iPod as an external hard disk

In addition to playing music and videos, most iPods can store and transport computer files. Not all iPods can be used as external hard disks.

  1. Connect an iPod to your Mac using a USB connection.
  2. Open iTunes if it’s not already open. The iPod appears in the iTunes Source list.
  3. Select the iPod.
  4. Select Enable disk use.
  5. Click Apply.

Your iPod is now available as an external hard disk in the Finder. To copy files or folders to your iPod, drag them from your computer to the iPod window (you will not be able to see your music files).

Sync Contacts, Calendars, and more to your iPhone or iPod

Use iTunes to synchronize your iCal and Address Book information to an iPhone or iPod. Some devices can also store your Safari bookmarks, your Mail account settings, and your Yahoo! Address Book contacts. After syncing, you can access your important information while on the go.

  1. Connect an iPhone or iPod to your Mac using a USB connection.
  2. Open iTunes if it’s not already open. The device appears in the iTunes Source list.
  3. Select the iPhone or iPod.
  4. Select the Info tab.
  5. Check the Sync Address Book contacts and Sync iCal calendars boxes. You can choose to sync all calendars and contacts, or only selected contact groups and calendars.
  6. If you own an iPhone or iPod capable of synchronizing your bookmarks or email account settings, you can also enable those features.
  7. Click Apply.

Create Ringtones for an iPhone

You can use iTunes to create custom ringtones for your iPhone. Select a ringtone-compatible song from your Library, then use iTunes to create a 30-second ringtone complete with fades and loops.

  1. Open iTunes if it’s not already open.
  2. Select “Preferences” from the iTunes menu, then click “General.”
  3. Make sure the Ringtones checkbox is selected.
  4. Select “View Options” from the View menu.
  5. Make sure the Ringtone checkbox is selected.
  6. Find a ringtone-compatible song in your iTunes Library. Songs that can be converted into ringtones have a bell in the “Ringtone” column.
  7. After you’ve found a song you want to change into a ringtone, click the bell symbol next to the song. The iTunes Ringtone interface will open (shown opposite page).
  8. Create the ringtone using the iTunes Ringtone interface (shown above). Your ringtone can be up to 30 seconds long and as short as three seconds.
  9. When you’re satisfied with the ringtone you’ve created, click the Buy button. iTunes will connect to the iTunes Store to create the ringtone, then it will appear in the Ringtones Library.

Update or restore your iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV

iTunes automatically checks Apple’s website for iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV software updates and notifies you when new versions of software become available. iTunes also backs up devices that are synchronized with your computer, so you can restore them to their previous state.

Click the Check for Update button to manually check for new software and update your device. Click the Restore button to return your device to a previous version of its system software.

Transfer iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store purchases to your computer

You can access the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store from the iPhone and some iPods. This portable version of the iTunes Music Store allows you to purchase music and download it directly to your device, while on the go.

Purchases made with your iPhone or iPod should automatically transfer to your computer the next time you sync the device. You can also manually transfer purchases made with your iPhone or iPod.

From the File menu, select “Transfer Purchases from....” iTunes will download all of the music purchased from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store onto your computer.

You’ll be prompted to select the file.

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