I decided to move my iPhone from syncing with my laptop to my desktop. When I did, I ran in to a couple of problems that might be common, so I thought I’d let you know how I got around them.
First was the easy one – before moving over, I had about 13 GB free, and afterwards, about 4 GB. Both libraries are supposed to be the same (and they are). So why did I lose so much space? I forgot an option:
I had left “Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC” unchecked. For playing in the car, 128 kbps AAC is fine – I often have the windows down and the radio up in summer anyway. (Yeah, not so much right now though). I then hit “Apply” and did another sync, and got back to my normal free space.
But the next one was a bit of a puzzler. After doing the sync, I got a warning icon in iTunes next to my phone, and a notification on the phone itself, that 1 song failed to sync. Clicking on the warning icon told me that “Old Man” could not be synced because it couldn’t be converted. So why not? Sorry, state secret. It just can’t. I tried a couple of times, and always got the same result.
Fortunately, I use iTunes Match. This song was purchased from iTunes, so all I had to do was delete it. I was asked if I wanted to delete from iCloud too and I said “no.” So the file was tossed in the trash (I had an option to keep it in place) and the entry in iTunes changed to show it wasn’t local anymore (the iCloud download symbol). I clicked that to re-download, did another sync, and it was fine.
If I hadn’t been an iTunes Match user, I still could have gotten it back easily, since I had bought the song from iTunes. On the iTunes Store home page, off to the right, are several links:
Click on “Purchased” and you can see anything you’ve purchased that’s not on your system:
Click on the cloud icon to download and add back into your local iTunes library.
Of course, if I were not an iTunes Match user and didn’t buy the song from iTunes, then I’d need to re-rip the song from CD or vinyl (or get it from another machine) and add the file back in to iTunes. (Yes, I said “vinyl.” Some of us old men still have working turntables.)