Looking for some OSX iTunes sync help


#1

[LEFT]My computers:[/LEFT]
[LEFT]- A Mac Pro tower running OS 10.6.8 and iTunes 10.5.2 (11).[/LEFT]
[LEFT]- A vanilla MacBook also running OS 10.6.8. and iTunes 10.5.2 (11).[/LEFT]
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[LEFT]My device:[/LEFT]
[LEFT]- An iPhone 3GS running iOS 5.[/LEFT]
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[LEFT]I always synced the phone to my Mac Pro. Today I plugged it into my MacBook to charge it. Sometimes when I do this, iTunes opens automatically, and I close it to avoid syncing. Today I got a message I never saw before, one I assume is part of the newest iTunes: it said (and sorry I can’t get the exact message) something to the effect of needing to authorize this computer.[/LEFT]
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[LEFT]I Google this and learn that apparently, I can authorize up to 5 devices, and stuff will sync when I plug my phone to any of those devices. So I go ahead with this and let the sync happen.[/LEFT]
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[LEFT]After the sync, I lost a lot of music and apps. Not everything, but there’s no rhyme and reason to what I did lose. As an example: I lost the Bastion soundtrack, which I purchased from Supergiant and transferred to iTunes. I also lost the Podcaster app which I got from the App Store. And the Blizzard Authenticator. But again, not everything; some apps and music remained.[/LEFT]
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[LEFT]However, now I’m nervous. My Mac Pro should still have all the apps and songs I lost, but what happens when I plug my phone back into it? Will I suddenly lose everything there too?[/LEFT]
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[LEFT]Any help would be super-appreciated, as this issue has left this Apple supporter rather jaded and nervous.[/LEFT]


#2

From what I can tell, it seems as if it reset everything. Thinking that you wanted to sync your phone to a new iTunes library, overwriting your old one.

That said, what did Dr. B say?


#3

What’s weird is that the wiping was arbitrary. You’d think in such a case, the second computer would use what is in its library as a basis for sync. It partly did that, but some recent apps I got, like the official Gmail app, weren’t deleted.

Dr. B wants me to figure this out on my own. He believes it will make me stronger. But not strong enough to defeat Dr. B. Let’s not be silly, now.


#4

No idea why it’s like that, though I beleive that some apps are more easily transferable than others (usually the free ones).

Well excuse me, princess.


#5

Someone on the Apple Support Boards helped me out. Basically, all I had to do was re-sync with my Mac Pro tower and it gave me back everything. Lesson learned!

For anyone who may also need the answer:
https://discussions.apple.com/message/17014668#17014668

Thread’s existence now simultaneously realized… and defeated.