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iPhone Doubles Contact List in OS 3.0

Prior to syncing your iPhone with MobileMe, be sure to turn off the syncing of your address book in iTunes or you will end up with double contacts when you view the list “All Contacts” in your address book on your iPhone. This may seem like a no brainer to some, but it had me baffled for a while.
I had an issue with the speaker port on my iPhone 3G, and sorry to say *cough*, it had to be replaced with a new phone under Applecare. I have had “MobileMe” since it was .Mac, so I was in the Apple Store with a fresh iPhone, ready to leave. No contact info in my phone, say wha?!? I don’t know about you, but I don’t memorize phone numbers. I rely on my phone to do that. So I sync up with MobileMe right in the store and I’m good to go.
Here’s the tricky part. I didn’t realize that if I already synchronized with MobileMe, iTunes would still add my contacts from my Mac, even though MobileMe gets it’s list from…my Mac. What I had to do was delete all of my email address information and re-sync with iTunes.
To avoid that mess, before you sync with iTunes, follow the steps below:
First, open iTunes. Go into Preferences in the File Menu, or hit ⌘-Comma. Under Devices, check the “Prevent iPods and iPhones from syncing automatically” checkbox:

iTunes Preferences--Devices

iTunes Preferences--Devices

Now you can plug in your iPhone, ad nothing will be automatically changed.

Next, select your iPhone in the Devices List,  and select the Info Tab at the top.  You want to uncheck any selections in that tab that would also be synced with your MobileMe account:

iTunes iPhone Info Tab

iTunes iPhone Info Tab

If you have doubled your contacts already, you may have to restore your phone in the summary tab, which is unfortunate, but sometimes worth it anyway.  I’ve read some posts about unhappy owners having to do this, as it takes some time.  Before you try that, you may want to sync/unsync whatever duplicate information you have stuck on your iPhone and see if iTunes will remove it.

If you have tried this to no avail, please comment below and I’ll try to help you sort it out.  If it worked, please let me know that, too.

Thanks for stopping by.  :)

iTunes Add Music Automatically from Any Folder

I’ve read a lot of posts saying Apple has no way in iTunes to automatically import music from any folder you put files into. Also, an equal number complaining there is only one folder now, in iTunes 9.

Here is a quick and easy way using Automator in OS X to do it yourself.  In about forty-five hot and dirty seconds, you can create a folder action with Automator to monitor the addition of new music files for you. This folder will automatically add the new files to iTunes, convert them, and even remove the added files from the import folders. (Scroll to the end of the post for the workflow file, if you’re in a rush.)
First, open Automator. Click the Folder Actions icon:

Automator Folder Action

Automator Folder Action

In the next window, in the upper-right, find the drop down menu, choose a folder to receive the import action:

Folder Drop Down

Folder Drop Down

If you don’t have a folder created already, then just choose “Other” and in the next window you’ll be able to make one.  If you do, choose “Other” and select your pre-made folder.

Next, find “Music” on the left hand column, followed by “Import Audio Files” in the right-hand column.  You drag the “Import Audio Files” to the large gray area to the right, and choose an encoder for your import.  See screen shots below:

automatorSS5That’s about all for the import.  Click “File”, then “Save As”, and pick a name for your Action.

You could stop there, but you will end up with re-imports of your files as they aren’t deleted automatically on import to iTunes.  So, the logical thing to do is let the folder delete them for you, by again using Automator’s built in actions. To do that, just select the “Delete Source Files After Encoding” checkbox:


Be sure to save your workflow, and you should be ready to import your music automatically using iTunes from whichever  folder you chose.  Still waiting on Apple for a video option, but iTunes has never been the best when it comes to playing nice with things like other’s video codecs.

In order to add this to another folder without going through Automator is easy.  Just right click (or control click blech…)the folder you want to create the action on, and choose “Folder Actions Setup” in the list.  It will open a list of actions for you to choose, and you will find your iTunes import action there under the name you saved it as.  Select it, and you have just added it to another folder, and kept it alive on the original to boot.  Beautiful.



If that was too much for you to handle, you can just download the workflow right here. Save this file to ~/Users/yourusername/Library/Workflows/Applications/Folder Actions (if the folder doesn’t exist, you may have to create it), and you should be good to go!