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How to Sync iPhone or iPod Touch with your iTunes on Mac

Author:Sarah   Date:2011-06-19

For Mac mantic who are very familiar with iPhone, iPod, iPad and Mac, it’s very easy to sync files from iPhone / iPod and computers with iTune. But things are different for many users, especially for some computer beginners, they are not familiar with it, though this is a very basic but important operation. If you're one of them, this tip will help. 

First, you’d know what you can sync and what you can’t. The following list is the syncable contents according to Apple official web site. 

What you can sync

  • Applications
  • Audio content -- music, podcasts, audiobooks, and iTunes U content
  • Bookmarks
  • Books
  • Contacts -- names, phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, and so on
  • Calendars -- appointments and events
  • Movies and TV shows
  • Photos
  • Notes
  • Documents (File Sharing apps only)
  • Ringtones

So if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, and there are many things in your iTunes library, you may make syncing between them from time to time or share with your family and friends easily. And then how to sync the content in your iPhone or iPod Touch with your iTunes on Mac? Follow the following steps?

How to Sync:
1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your Mac. (Generally, iTunes is defaulted-installed on Mac, and then you can ignore this step in this case.)
2. Open iTunes
3. Connect your device to your computer using the included USB cable and your devices will be recognized automatically. Select it in iTunes under Devices on the left-hand side.
4. Click on this device and on the main window of iTunes, there's a “Sync” button under Summary tab. But remember, this will sync your entire iTunes library to iPhone / iPod Touch.

how to sync iphone/iPod with itunes

If you just want to import part of the library, just go to the corresponding tab, and change the sync options to selected and check items going to be synced. Take movie tab as example:
1) Under Movies tab, select Sync movies > All movies, and press Sync button;
2) Under Movies tab, select Sync movies > Selected movies, choose the video in the panel, and press Sync button.
After a while, the sync will be complete. Now, check your iPhone or iPod Touch, and you will find Sync operation is helpful and very easy.

What if You Can’t Sync?
If you find your desired movies could not be synced to iPhone / iPod Touch successfully, you should check if the source video is suitable for your device. Because there are many limitations for their video format since iPhone/iPod Touch can only support the following parameters according to Apple:
Video Format: MP4, MOV, M4V
Video Size: up to 640x480
Video Framerate: up to 30fps
Video Bitrate: up to 1.5Mbps for H.264, or 2.5Mbps for MPEG-4
Audio: AAC up to 160Kbps, 48kHz
In this case, you may need a video converter for Mac to convert the videos to iPhone/iPod Touch format first. There are many choices that you can use either all inclusive Mac video converter by free download it from this link, or specifically-designed iPhone video converter for Mac or iPod video converter for Mac. Then you can check the tutorials on how to convert video for iPhone or convert video to iPod Touch for best solution.

A Better and Simpler Solution:
If you are crazy about the troublesome steps, a better solution is to use Syncpod for Mac – iTunes best mate for managing media files between a Mac and an iOS device, able to transfer content between Macs and iOS devices in either direction. SyncPod for Mac makes it easy to transfer songs, movies, TV shows, playlist, photos etc. between Mac/iTunes and iOS devices. Moreover, it features support for directly copying DVD movies and virtually any format video&audio to Apple devices.

  • Backup device contents to your Mac or into iTunes library.
  • Transfer playlist from device to iTunes with a simple drag-and-drop.
  • Convert and transfer DVD movies and non-native videos to iOS devices.
  • Share songs, movies and more with your friends and family easily.

With the above tips, syncing iPhone, iPod, iPad will be a breeze, especially with the syncpod for Mac. Free try it with this link.

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