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iPhone 5 Portable Genius by Paul McFedries

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Synchronizing Media with Your iPhone

The brainy Phone app and the sleek Safari browser may earn the lion’s share of kudos for the iPhone, but many people reserve their rave reviews for its Music app. The darn thing is just so versatile! It can play music, of course, but it also happily cranks out audiobooks and podcasts, as well as music videos, movies, and TV shows. Ear and eye candy all in one package!

If there’s a problem with this digital largesse, it’s that the Music app might be too versatile. Even if you have a big 64GB iPhone, you may still find its confines a bit cramped, particularly if you’re also loading up your iPhone with photos, contacts, and calendars, and you just can’t seem to keep your hands out of the App Store cookie jar.

All this means is that you probably have to pay a bit more attention when it comes to syncing your iPhone, and the following sections show you how to do just that.

Syncing music and music videos

The Music app is a digital music player at heart, so you’ve probably already loaded up your iPhone with lots of audio content and music videos. To get the most out of the Music app’s music and video capabilities, you need to know all the ways you can synchronize these items. For example, if you use the Music app primarily as a music player and your iPhone has more disk capacity than you need for all your digital audio, feel free to throw all your music onto the player. On the other hand, your iPhone might not have much free space, or you might only ...

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