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iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 08, 2015 06:15PM
This is my weekly, "iTunes is junk" posting. I've decided to do this every week. Here is my current complaint...

I synced five movies to iTunes and went on vacation. After watching the movies I deleted them manually from my iPad. Many months later I am now preparing for another trip. I plug the iPad into iTunes and it wants to re-sync those five movies from last time. So I need to uncheck those movies to prevent the sync and here comes the rub. iTunes has no mechanism to easily show me which movies to uncheck. I would have to scroll through over 1,000 movies looking for them. Now if you've ever tried to scroll through the sync movies screen you will know this is completely impossible as it simply doesn't scroll. It just sits and smiles and then slowly moves after a few minutes.

So now I am stuck syncing those five movies to my iPad just so I can know which ones they are. Then I can un-sync them and sync the ones I actually want. This does not make any sense.

If I'm missing an easy solution please let me know. Otherwise...bbbblllpppp on iTunes.
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 08, 2015 06:21PM
I submit that Apple should no longer be permitted to refer to this piece of shiteware as "iTunes." The real iTunes died a quiet and ignoble death years ago.



It is what it is.
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: deckeda
Date: January 08, 2015 09:40PM
Apple does supply a better solution.

Make a regular playlist and name it "to iPad" and sync just the playlist. Connected or not, you can check the playlist and add or ditch stuff you want removed during the next sync!
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 08, 2015 11:45PM
iTunes is our punishment for sticking with the beleaguered Apple.



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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 08, 2015 11:46PM
Well that is an interesting solution that I have not seen before. It does seem like a much easier way to keep track of what is synced. On the downside it appears there must be a playlist for movies and a playlist for tv shows. Multiply that times the number of iPhones and iPad's in the house and it is a considerable number of playlists. I wish the regular sync panel worked better but in the meantime I think you have a good solution. Thank you!
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: January 09, 2015 12:00AM
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davemchine
This is my weekly, "iTunes is junk" posting. I've decided to do this every week. Here is my current complaint...

I synced five movies to iTunes and went on vacation. After watching the movies I deleted them manually from my iPad. Many months later I am now preparing for another trip. I plug the iPad into iTunes and it wants to re-sync those five movies from last time. So I need to uncheck those movies to prevent the sync and here comes the rub. iTunes has no mechanism to easily show me which movies to uncheck. I would have to scroll through over 1,000 movies looking for them.

So, you'd like Apple to bulk it up even more to fix your little problem?

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Now if you've ever tried to scroll through the sync movies screen you will know this is completely impossible as it simply doesn't scroll. It just sits and smiles and then slowly moves after a few minutes.

I've never noticed that problem. On mine, it scrolls too fast to review, even in thumbnail view. Mind you I only have 350 movies, not 1,000…

It may help to change the view to "list."

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This does not make any sense.

I'm sure there's another way, Dave…
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 09, 2015 12:38AM
AA, I think you misunderstood almost the entirety of my post.

First I pointed out there is no way to determine which movies itunes will sync to an IOS device which is problematic when you DONT want them to sync. I don't think that qualifies as a desire to bulk up itunes. The problem could be solved by simply adding a "unselect all" button. Maybe it doesn't even have to be a button. Some programs allow option-click to be select all or unselect all.

Second I don't see why you think it is a "small" problem. If you ever tried to sync movies using iTunes i think you'd see it is quite the hassle.

Third, when I talk about slow scrolling I am still talking about the sync pane rather than the normal window for viewing movies. There is no way to switch to a list view from the sync pane although if there was your suggestion would probably work quite well.

The sync pane is apples idea, not mine, and they should make it work. I understand why it doesn't of course. Apple wants all content to come from them and be delivered through the cloud which would make this area of itunes completely unnecessary.
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: January 09, 2015 07:31AM
This has been a problem for me as well. I think AA may be on to something though.



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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 09, 2015 08:17AM
"onto something" or just "on something"? :-) I'm just kidding of course. Decketa had a very good suggestion What did I miss in AA's post?
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 09, 2015 10:44AM
"there is no way to determine which movies itunes will sync to an IOS device which is problematic when you DONT want them to sync."

Turn off auto sync and manually transfer your movies. Or, as AA suggested, switching to list view will give you some options. Click the "check" at the top of the appropriate column to move all checked items to the top of the list. You can also control-click on a selected list of items and "check/uncheck selection".
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 09, 2015 11:55AM
Both AA and btfc are suggesting a switch to list view in the movie sync pane but I do not see any way to do this. If it is possible I'll jump up and down with happiness. Could you guys explain how you do this? I've been poking at itunes and Google but I can't see how.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/2015 11:56AM by davemchine.
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 09, 2015 12:07PM
"switch to list view in the movie sync pane"

Not in the movie sync pane, in "Movies" under "Library" on the sidebar of the main iTunes window.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/2015 12:07PM by btfc.
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 09, 2015 12:22PM
From iTunes help:


Set up syncing for iPod, iPhone, or iPad

You can set up your iPod, iPhone, or iPad for automatic or manual syncing.

Automatic syncing: Sync your entire iTunes library or choose specific items to sync. Whenever you connect your device, iTunes updates it automatically to match any changes made to your library since the last sync. You can automatically sync a device with only one iTunes library at a time.

Manual syncing: Drag items to your device individually.

Select the Sync checkbox, and select the items you want to sync automatically each time you connect your device.

Tip: To make sure certain items are never synced, deselect their checkboxes in your iTunes library, and select “Sync only checked items” in the Summary pane.

You can automatically sync your iTunes library to multiple devices, and use different settings for each device.

WARNING: If you delete a synced item from your iTunes library, the deleted item is removed from your device the next time you sync.




Sync your device manually
If you use manual syncing, you can sync items from more than one iTunes library to your iPod. (You can sync iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad with only one iTunes library.)

You can manually sync music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and iTunes U lessons. You can’t manually sync photos and info (contacts, calendars, bookmarks, and so on).

Connect your iPod, iPhone, or iPad to your computer and select your device.

Click the Summary button and select “Manually manage music and videos” (below Options).

Click the On This Device button.


Click Add To on the right side of the iTunes window.

Drag items from the left side of the iTunes window to the pane on the right. To add other types of content, choose a category from the Library pop-up menu.

Click Done.

If you use automatic syncing, you can also add items to your device by dragging. To drag items to an automatically synced device, follow the instructions above, but skip step 2.
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 09, 2015 12:27PM
Thank you. I found a YouTube video demonstrating this and I think I understand at least part of what you guys are describing. If manual sync is used you are not using the sync pane at all. You are dragging from the normal view window so you can do list views etc.

Then if you manually delete from the IOS device itunes will not attempt to re-sync on the next connection?

Obviously the confusion is on my part. ive never used manual sync so I have never seen what AA described in his post. I'm not quite jumping up and down but I'm slowly coming to grips with what you described.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/2015 12:31PM by davemchine.
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 09, 2015 12:29PM
Correct.
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 09, 2015 12:36PM
If manual sync is selected can you still click on a playlist to sync? Thanks
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 09, 2015 12:46PM
Drag and drop the playlist onto the device icon in the sidebar.
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: davemchine
Date: January 09, 2015 12:54PM
Thank you for all the info. It's quite a shift in thinking. I wish the automatic sync worked better but I'm glad for the manual sync you have described. It's too late to try it for this trip but I will experiment when I get home.
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 09, 2015 12:59PM
Deckeda's solution above works well for many.
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Re: iTunes, aaghhh
Posted by: sekker
Date: January 09, 2015 06:11PM
OplayerHD is an altermative system to load movies on iOS devices. I learned about it when I had an iTunes syncing problem.

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