iPhone/iPod/iPad Synchronization

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Prepare the iPhone/iPod/iPad

If you have an iOS device like an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch you'll need to have iTunes installed. iTunes is available from the Apple website. Most other iPod devices don't require iTunes. An alternative to iTunes is CopyTrans Drivers which will only install the required iTunes components for syncing, however this isn't officially supported.

If you have iTunes installed you need to make sure it is not set to automatically sync your media to your device:

  1. Connect your device and run iTunes
  2. Click on your device in the iTunes tree and select the Summary tab
    1. Disable 'Open iTunes when this device is connected'
    2. Enable 'Manually manage music and videos'
  1. Select the 'Music' tab in iTunes
    1. Disable 'Sync Music'
    2. Enable 'Display Album Artwork on your iPod'
  2. On the Movies, TV Shows, and Podcasts tabs, disable the 'Sync Movies', 'Sync TV Shows', 'Sync Podcasts' options.
  3. Eject the iPod and close iTunes

Do not uninstall iTunes if you are using an iOS device like iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

Note: In some cases it may be necessary to delete existing content from the device by using the iTunes Updater to restore the device to its factory condition.

Configure MediaMonkey

For tracks to play at the correct volume on your iPod, you should either:

Analyse the volume of all tracks in your collection via Tools > Analyse Volume
or

Enable automatic volume analysis via Tools > Options > Volume Leveling > Automatically analyse volume of unanalysed Tracks

Configure the iPod

  1. Start MediaMonkey and plug in the device
  2. Go to Tools > Options > Portable Device Sync, select your device (make sure that its checkbox is checked), and press 'Configure'. If your device doesn't show up in the list, try restarting MediaMonkey.
  3. In the Device Configuration tab, you can leave the defaults as is, but make sure that both iPod Compatibility Settings are enabled.
  4. In the Auto-sync Options tab, enable 'Delete Tracks that aren't on the Auto-sync List' and 'Confirm deletion' and enter \iPod_Control\Games_RO\ in the 'Except Folders' field. With these enabled, whenever you Auto-sync, you'll be given the option of deleting Audio tracks that aren't on the Auto-sync list, except for those that are used in iPod games.
  5. In the Auto-sync List tab, choose which Tracks to sync.
  6. In the Auto-Conversion tab, choose whether to convert Tracks to MP3 (note: 'Level volume' is not needed for iPods since MediaMonkey syncs Soundcheck values which the iPod uses to level volume).

Auto-Sync your Tracks

  1. Set the mode of the Synchronize button on the toolbar to 'Auto-Synchronize', and if multiple devices exist, choose your iPod using the small button adjacent to the Synchronize button.
  2. Connect your iPod to your PC and click theSynchronize button. After a bit of time, you should be asked whether to delete Tracks from the iPod. Go ahead and delete them (they'll be resynched from the PC).

Tracks will sync to the iPod per your configuration.

Manually Sync your Tracks

If you want to do a one-time manual sync of set of Tracks:

  • Select a Playlist, AutoPlaylist or a group of tracks and drag them onto the Device node or onto the Device button.
    or
    Select the tracks you wish to sync and right-click Send to > iPod Device .
    or
    From the Now Playing Dialog, click Copy > Copy to Portable Device.
  • Or, if you plan on always synchronizing in this manner, set the mode of the Synchronize button on the toolbar to 'Synchronize Selected'. Then Select a Playlist, AutoPlaylist, or group of Tracks and click the Synchronize button.

The selected Tracks and Playlists will sync to the iPod per per your configuration.

Disconnecting the iPod

MediaMonkey can be configured to automatically close the connection to the PC after synchronization. If this feature isn't enabled, then right-click on the iPod and click 'Safely Remove Device'.


See: MediaMonkey iPod Wiki


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