iPod owners who are accustomed to the usual song management with iTunes will need some getting used to for the iPhone. Instead of the usual drag and drop from library to iPod – things are a little different here. Hope Apple will eventually make music management a little more user friendly with future firmware updates.
Once the iPhone is connected, you’ll be prompted to activate your iPhone. To bypass AT&T activation process, use any of the methods available online. As for me, I used the One Click tool available here.
On the next screen, you will see 6 tabs displaying different items on your iPhone. Obviously, you will need to click on the Music tab for music management.
Now, here’s the part where Apple could improve on. Under Sync Music, you will be given a choice to either sync all songs and playlist or just selected playlists. If sync all songs is selected - you’ll have to wait for iTunes to reload every song into your iPhone again. If an album or song already exists, iTunes will not duplicate them but skip it – hence reducing syncing time. Syncing songs and photos will take a minute or two, relatively fast for a 8Gb model.
If you choose selected playlists instead. iTunes will just add songs in that playlist and not every song in your music library. Problem with this – your iPhone will display tons of playlists which I doubt fussy users like me would appreciate and every other songs previously copied will be erased. So, this basically means, even if you want to add in 1 song, you will have to let iTunes and iPhone play the syncing game over and over again. Sucks. I know.
One thing to note, if you sync your music on one PC and connect the same iPhone to another PC – iTunes will prompt a warning message saying all music currently in the iPhone will be erased if you choose to proceed. This is Apple’s rights management in action.
Overall, adding music to the iPhone is not complicated, but a firmware update to enable the beloved Drag and Drop will be much desired. That’s all we want, Apple. Really, that’s all we want.