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Monday, April 30, 2012

Restore an iTunes library from an iPad?

Here's something that two people I know have struggled with.

Both -- despite my insistence that they adopt Time Machine for backups -- managed to lose the iTunes library to which they had synched their iPads. Upon setting up a new library, their choices seemed to be:

  • Erase the iPad and start over with the new library.
  • Don't synch.

  • They both opted for the former choice and had to set everything up all over again.

    So the questions are:

  • Is there a third choice? Namely, use the info on the iPad to restore a lost iTunes library without losing info on the iPad?
  • How does iCloud factor into this with less dependency on synching to a single device? (the incidents in question occurred pre-iCloud)

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