Survey: How Do You Sync Your Primary iOS Device with iTunes?

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Note that you can choose two answers, if, for example, you use both wired and Wi-Fi syncing at different times.

Feel free to post any comments below about your sync strategy or experiences.

90 thoughts on “Survey: How Do You Sync Your Primary iOS Device with iTunes?

  1. You should move the clarification note ahead of the voting buttons. I missed it until after I voted and see no possibility to add a second case.

    I was thinking of the sync/backup topic and why is the choice to a) sync to iCloud or b) wire sync to pc/Mac?

    Why can’t I wifi sync to my Mac? If not directly, then through the icloud.

    It seems ios to Mac backup (eg ios Mac-up) could be automated like the Mac to time capsule backup.

  2. You should move the clarification note ahead of the voting buttons. I missed it until after I voted and see no possibility to add a second case.

    I was thinking of the sync/backup topic and why is the choice to a) sync to iCloud or b) wire sync to pc/Mac?

    Why can’t I wifi sync to my Mac? If not directly, then through the icloud.

    It seems ios to Mac backup (eg ios Mac-up) could be automated like the Mac to time capsule backup.

  3. i use both with increasing frustration. I’ve always had trouble with WiFi, but now even wired is an issue. Quitting iTunes isn’t enough anymore, I often have to reboot to make my devices visible.

    I use play count and rating based playlists to rotate music onto my phone so I want to sync at least daily.

    • Synching needs an overhaul, that’s for sure. Too many pieces jammed into iTunes. One way would be like dropbox. Want something on your phone? Just drop it in a special folder. Want to remove it? Take it out. Apple will never do that, though. They are trying to get away from the notion of files.

      • It’s not that simple. You can’t copy playlists as easily, and iTunes is a great tool for managing media files, so it makes a lot more sense to combine the management and the syncing.

        • Sure, iTunes can handle the music. But when I want to put some movies or TV shows on my iPad for a trip I have to copy them into iTunes, scroll through this absurd block of giant icons (no list view for movies) and check the ones I want to sync.

          iTunes tries to do too much. Let it handle music. Let something else handle other media.

          Obviously there’s no simple answer or else it would already have been done. But the current situation is a mess.

          • Yes, that’s annoying. But would it be better to have to use a different app to sync videos, another to sync apps, etc?

  4. i use both with increasing frustration. I’ve always had trouble with WiFi, but now even wired is an issue. Quitting iTunes isn’t enough anymore, I often have to reboot to make my devices visible.

    I use play count and rating based playlists to rotate music onto my phone so I want to sync at least daily.

    • Synching needs an overhaul, that’s for sure. Too many pieces jammed into iTunes. One way would be like dropbox. Want something on your phone? Just drop it in a special folder. Want to remove it? Take it out. Apple will never do that, though. They are trying to get away from the notion of files.

      • It’s not that simple. You can’t copy playlists as easily, and iTunes is a great tool for managing media files, so it makes a lot more sense to combine the management and the syncing.

        • Sure, iTunes can handle the music. But when I want to put some movies or TV shows on my iPad for a trip I have to copy them into iTunes, scroll through this absurd block of giant icons (no list view for movies) and check the ones I want to sync.

          iTunes tries to do too much. Let it handle music. Let something else handle other media.

          Obviously there’s no simple answer or else it would already have been done. But the current situation is a mess.

          • Yes, that’s annoying. But would it be better to have to use a different app to sync videos, another to sync apps, etc?

  5. I still (after using iOS devices for five years) sync using cable. Don’t know why, but somehow it feels like I have more control that way over what is actually synced. And the way I use my devices means I don’t have a dire need to have it synced every day. That could change with iTunes 12. I didn’t know that iTunes could get more convoluted as a software, but Jonathan Ive managed to confuse it even more. :/

  6. I still (after using iOS devices for five years) sync using cable. Don’t know why, but somehow it feels like I have more control that way over what is actually synced. And the way I use my devices means I don’t have a dire need to have it synced every day. That could change with iTunes 12. I didn’t know that iTunes could get more convoluted as a software, but Jonathan Ive managed to confuse it even more. :/

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