Using iSyncr WiFi

Connecting to your Server

To connect to your iSyncr WiFi Server, first make sure of the following:
  • It's actually running on your computer
  • Your computer and Android device are connected to the same network
  • Your firewall on your computer and router allow connections to the port selected in your server settings
Second, go to the main menu in iSyncr WiFi and hit the connect button. The app will try to automatically discover all servers on your network. Note that this may take up to a minute, though it might be sooner. Patience is a virtue =)





Note: If you can't connect within 60 seconds, then you may need to go the manual route. Click on the Enter Manually button and enter the IP address and port of your server.


If you can't connect, either via auto-discovery or via a manual connection, there is probably some kind of network issue going on. Most of the time, this is an issue with the firewall or router settings, although in some cases, a connection will fail if iTunes cannot be loaded. Read our Firewall Guide for Windows or our Firewall Guide for Mac OS X to make sure your firewall settings match our recommendations. If you still can't seem to connect, e-mail [email protected] for support.
Once connected, you should see a list of your iTunes playlists on your computer. Both playlists and tracks use icons to indicate their sync status:


Tap each playlist that you'd like to sync. Tap a selected playlist, and it will show you the tracks in that playlist. Hit the back button to go back to the list of playlists.


Starting a Sync

To start a sync, simply hit the green Sync Now button. The sync will go through the following steps:

Uploads Amazon MP3s
This step only happens if you've enabled it in the settings. Songs in your Amazon MP3 directory on your phone will be uploaded to your server in the directory you specified and added to the playlist you specified. Tracks will be removed from disk if you set Delete After Upload to true.

Uploads Photos and Videos
This step only happens if you've enabled photo or video uploading in the settings. Photos and Videos taken on your Android will be uploaded to your computer in the directory specified in the server settings dialog. Photos and videos will be removed from your Android after the upload if you set Delete After Upload to true.


Syncs play counts
This step only happens in the full (non-Lite) version. Songs you've listened to on your phone since enabling play count logging will have their play counts, skip counts, last played, and last skipped values adjusted in iTunes. For more information about enabling play count logging, see the iSyncr FAQ - Advanced.

Syncs ratings
This step only happens in the full (non-Lite) version. Songs you've rated using the iSyncr Ratings Widget will have their ratings adjusted in iTunes. For more information about ratings, view the Ratings Widget FAQ.

Transfers songs between drives
If your phone has both internal and external storage, and you recently changed the download drive for one or more playlists, iSyncr WiFi will automatically transfer songs and playlists from the old drive to the new one for each playlist, so that songs won't have to be re-downloaded if they already exist on the other drive. Keep in mind that if you sync two playlists with overlapping songs to different drives, you will end up with duplicate songs on your Android device - some will be in internal memory for the playlist synced to internal storage, and some will be on your SD card for the other playlist.
Similarly, if you change your syncr folder, this step will also transfer your songs, playlists, and album art from the old syncr folder to the new one.

Deletes abandoned tracks
If the Delete Abandoned Tracks setting is set, this step will determine which files on disk, if any, are not referenced by any selected playlists, and automatically delete them. Again, use this setting with caution.

Determines if you have enough disk space to download your selected playlists
Before initiating song downloads, the app determines whether or not your currently selected storage drive has enough free disk space to hold them all. If there's not enough space, the sync will be cancelled.
Downloads your songs
This is the fun part. Each song marked for download that is not on disk or whose size doesn't match what's on disk will be downloaded. The app will only download a song once, even if it's referenced in multiple playlists. Album art will also be downloaded automatically. During the download, you should see a progress bar for the current song, as well as a "total progress indicator" for the current song number out of the total number of songs to be downloaded.


Updates

Mac Support
Mac OS X support is implemented! Simply download and install the Mac WiFi Server onto your Mac.
Changing the syncr directory
Changing the syncr directory is now implemented. Simply choose the desired folder name in the iSyncr WiFi settings in the app.
Multi-Drive Sync
Multi-Drive Sync is now implemented! If your Android phone has both internal memory and external (SD Card) storage, you can now set individual playlists to sync to a specific drive by performing a "long touch" on one in the playlist view.

Caveats and Known Issues

Duplicate songs in different formats
If you have multiple songs in your library with identical artist, album, song names, and filenames, you may run into some weirdness. Since iSyncr WiFi considers songs with the same artist, album, name, and filename to be unique, if you have multiple copies of them with different file sizes, the app will attempt to sync and re-sync both versions of the songs over and over if they are selected to sync. To avoid this weirdness, uncheck one set of songs in iTunes and set "Sync Checked" to true.

Problems? Questions?

If you need help using iSyncr WiFi, or if you have any questions or comments, please email [email protected] for support.

Multi-Drive Sync - iSyncr 1.4.0+

Introduction

Ever since we first released iSyncr WiFi, our users who happen to have both internal phone memory and external SD card storage on their Android devices have been begging us to come up with an easy way for them to sync their iTunes media to both drives instead of being limited to just one drive at a time.
Now, with iSyncr WiFi 1.4.0 and later, we are proud to announce that iSyncr WiFi now supports painlessly downloading each playlist to the drive of your choice.

Setting Your Default Drive

The first thing you'll want to do to use multi-drive sync is to set your default sync drive. This is done easily enough; just access the Settings page in the app and tap the item called "Default Storage".



Then choose your default drive.


Selecting Your Sync Drive For Each Playlist

Now that you've selected your default drive, you're ready to choose your playlists to sync. Use the back button to go back to the main menu, then hit Connect to connect to your server. Now you'll see a list of playlists.
To select a playlist, just tap it with your finger, and the sync icon will change from a blue plus to a gray one, indicating that the playlist will be synced on your next sync. When you use the tap method, the playlist will automatically be synced to your default playlist.

Alternately, you can perform a "long press" on a playlist to sync, and you'll be given a menu from which to choose your preferred drive. Here you can choose to always sync the playlist to the default drive, or to specifically sync this playlist to internal or external storage.



If you've already selected a playlist for syncing, but want to change the sync drive, simply perform a long-press on it to change the sync drive.


If you have chosen either the internal or external drive for a playlist, there will be an indicator on the playlist icon; either "In" for internal storage, or "Ex" for external (SD card) storage.
You'll notice that this is also how you remove playlists from your sync. However, the playlist will remember your last drive choice for that playlist even if unselected.


The Sync Process

To sync your playlists to your selected drives, hit the green Sync Now button. The sync process is very similar to how it was before, but with a few added steps:

  • For each drive, the sync will check the other drive for any songs that match the selected playlists, and copy it automatically to the chosen drive. This saves the sync from having to re-download songs that already exist on the other drive.
  • If "Delete Abandoned" is set, the sync will remove any tracks not referenced by the selected playlists on a per-drive basis.
  • The sync will compare the available space on both drives to the storage required for the selected playlists per drive before syncing.
  • Each playlist is synced to its specified sync drive.

Caveat - Duplicates

Because of the way that playlist files reference the tracks that they contain, all songs for a given playlist must be on the same drive. This restriction has an annoying side effect: If you sync two playlists to different drives, but some of the songs in the playlists are the same, then you will end up with duplicate copies of those songs - one in internal storage, and one in external storage.
For this reason, if you wish to avoid syncing duplicates to your Android device, it's best to try and make sure that if you are syncing any playlists which may overlap, you should try to sync them to the same drive.
For example, let's say I want to sync my entire music library, but I want to sync roughly half of it to internal storage and the other half to external storage. Easy enough - just create two playlists in iTunes, one called something like "Music1" with the first half of my Music, and the other called "Music2" with the other half. Then just sync "Music1" to internal storage, and "Music2" to external storage.
Another example - let's say I have primarily Rock and Electronica in my music library. I could create a smart playlist in iTunes for any tracks whose genre is Electronica, and sync that playlist to internal storage, and another smart playlist for Rock, and sync that playlist to external storage. Any associated playlists (eg. "Dance Mix" or "Rock is Dead!") could also be synced to their respective drives, with no duplicates.
Of course, in both of these examples, if you want to sync any additional playlists which might straddle genres or bands, such as "iTunes DJ", "My Top Rated", etc., there's probably no way to avoid a small number of duplicates. Just accept it as a necessary evil =)


iTunes 11 Support


You've spoken up, and what did you say? You want to know iSyncr works with iTunes 11 before you upgrade from iTunes 10. After a day of running iSyncr/iTunes 11, Chris and I are not seeing any issues! Well done Apple!

On an aside, I really like iTunes 11. However, I've spent time scratching my head trying to figure out how to do some things in the new version. The great news is that I have eventually gotten there, so feel free to email us with any questions like "How do I add a podcast to a playlist in iTunes 11?".

If we do end up seeing an issue with iTunes 11, I'll post that information here.

-Justin

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