Thursday, December 20, 2012

How to Manually add Playlists from iTunes 11 to your iPhone

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." 
-Leonardo Da Vinci

One of the things that has made Apple (AAPL) wildly successful is their ability to create user intuitive products.  Steve Jobs said that he first designed the desired user experience, then built a product that would achieve that experience.  I think this is one of the most fundamental drivers of AAPL's success and appeal over the years.  Now that Jobs is gone, is Apple starting to stray from the path?

iTunes 11 is visually appealing at first glance, but even as an very experienced iTunes user (abuser), I had some trouble getting around.  I wanted to drag and drop a playlist from iTunes 11 to my iPhone 4 and run out the door this morning.  I sat in front of my Macbook Pro puzzled and confused.  I found the answer of how to do it, and for the sake of brevity, I'll withhold any further pontifications in regards to the future of AAPL, and post the answer below. 

Hope you find this useful!

How to manually add playlists from iTunes 11 to your iPhone.

1 - Connect your device so that it can be seen in iTunes 11
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2 - Select your device and then select "On This iPhone" on the far right (or whatever your connected device is)
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3 - Under the blue "Done" button there is another button titled "Add to". Select this
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4 - You will now be presented with your iTunes library for your computer. You can select one of the following options for searching your library

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5 - Simply drag track(s), albums or playlists over to the iPhone mounted on the right side of iTunes

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h/t Robbo