Using an iPhone with a Work Machine and a Home Machine

When I got my iPhone, without thinking too much about it, I copied a bunch of music and photos from my home computer to my work MacBook. I did this because I would be syncing the iPhone with the MacBook (the iPhone is a “work machine”, after all).

What are the downsides here? First of all, you’re wasting hard drive space on your work machine with music and photos—that you’re already using to take up room on another machine. Second, since I work from home, all that music is almost always available via my shared iTunes anyway. Third, I have to make a conscious effort to pick and choose what to put on the MacBook so I can sync it to my iPhone.

Well, that was dumb.

Turns out, you can sync different areas of the iPhone to different machines. So, here’s my breakdown:

I find this works wonderfully. I just sync the work stuff more often, the play stuff when I want to get new photos of Nolan on there. Now my work hard drive is music- and photo-less, which frees a ton of space.


  1. On August 24th, 2007 at 11:33 am Chris Fillippi said:

    Iphones are great to bad they are a mac LOL Hey Adam. How are ya Bud? I have the Blackberry pearl and it does all the things the Iphone can do :) well almost.

  2. On August 24th, 2007 at 11:36 am Chris Fillippi said:

    You are one hard person to get a hold of.

  3. On August 24th, 2007 at 12:04 pm Adam Darowski said:

    Hard person to get ahold of? Ha! Here I am! Everything about me is right here!


    The Pearl was my second choice if I couldn’t make the iPhone happen. But man… it’s no iPhone. :)

  4. On November 11th, 2009 at 8:03 am Chris said:

    Good Morning, How is the family? Please tel Erin i said hello. Are you still a Ruby Developer?