This way, you can access your music, photos, and more on your devices when you aren't near your computer. If you see a message that your device is synced with another iTunes library, your device was previously connected to another computer. If you click "Erase and Sync" in that message, all content of the selected type on your device will be erased and replaced with content from this computer. When the computer and the device are on the same Wi-Fi network, the device appears in iTunes. The device syncs automatically whenever it's plugged in to power and iTunes is open on the computer. What you can sync with iTunes Albums, songs, playlists, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks. Photos and videos. Contacts and calendars. Click the device icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window.
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Don't worry -- Apple isn't taking away your tunes. It'll be a shock for loyal iTunes users who, for 18 years, learned to rely on the app for everything from syncing their iPhones to building playlists and buying songs. Apple's shifting strategy may be jarring for longtime users, but music fits squarely into the tech giant's portfolio of premium experiences that keep loyal users invested in the brand's ecosystem. For a company initially focused on hardware, iTunes was one of Apple's first major successes in this area. People who had bought music from Apple were less likely to stray. Now, Apple is betting that Apple Music help juice Apple's further push into software and services. Nevertheless, closing down iTunes raises big questions for those who have built up musical collections over the years. What do you have to do, if anything, to keep your investment intact?
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Subscribe to Apple Music to access millions of songs, get music recommendations, and so much more. You can also go to music. Apple Music isn't a back up service.
Peter Cao. Apple Music is one of the best music streaming options when you have a local library of unreleased songs, live concerts, or remixes. While not completely obvious, it is possible to sync your local library while also having a cloud-based Apple Music library on your iPhone or iPad. This will essentially create a hybrid library of sorts. This method will work as of iOS For more help getting the most out of your Apple devices, check out our how to guide as well as the following articles:. Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:.