I've actually lost track of all the iOS devices I have. From iPhones to iPads and iPods, there are a few generations of mobile Apple gadgets populating my home that are occasionally adopted or abandoned by my wife and kid.
For the most part, today's iOS devices are self-supporting. They get their updates directly, and purchased media can be downloaded and redownloaded without hassles that used to come with Apple's iTunes-focused, obnoxiously DRM-wrapped early days of iOS.
But what do you do when your kid wants you to load your Led Zeppelin bootlegs onto his iPad? Or when your wife wants an archived baby video from your computer on her iPhone to remind of a time before her kid was blasting Led Zeppelin songs from his room? Well, if yours is the only computer in the house, here's what I would do.
Logically, you would think that you could just plug any given iPhone into your computer and drag over the requested content without much fuss. Unfortunately, that's not the case. By default, iOS devices are very monogamous when it comes to the iTunes library they're associated with, and they are set up to sync with these libraries automatically. Plug in someone else's iPhone into your computer and you risk loading them up with your contacts, Notes, voice memos, and all sorts personal information.
So my best suggestion is to avoid a lot of mess and potential frustration b... [Read more]