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Play a Video From iPod Touch or iPhone on Your Computer

Playing a video that is located on your iPod Touch or your iPhone on your computer is easy. The great thing about this is you can download many podcasts or other media programs in high definition so if you have a large monitor or your PC is connected to your TV you can now easily play media from your iPhone or Touch on your TV. The main problem I had in making all of this happen is the fact that I typically sync my iPod Touch to my laptop but I have a PC in my office that is connected to my TV where I like to watch some of the podcasts I have downloaded. Below I mention how play media from your iDevice on your computer as well as how to load data from multiple computers onto your iPod Touch or iPhone.

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Sync iPod Touch to a Second Computer, iPod Touch not Syncing

When I was attempting to sync my iPod Touch to  second computer it appeared as if nothing was happening but the computer is under the desk so I finally realized I was missing an error message. The error stated  be the iPod was locked so it could not sync with this computer. After typing in the password the Touch started to sync but iTunes stopped the sync and stated that the iPod Touch was already synced to another computer and let me know that it can only be synced to one PC at a time.

At this point it offered three options which are below:

  1. Erase the iPod Touch and sync with this Windows computers iTunes.
  2. Copy purchased software to this computer.
  3. Don’t sync with this computer.

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How to Watch CNN Videos on iPhone or iPod Touch

CNN videos will not play most of the time on the iPhone or iPod Touch when attempting to access them right from cnn.com. After some searching and weeding through sites that claim to allow you to play embedded flash videos from your iPhone I located vTap. This site actually does allow you to convert videos on the fly and play them through a playlist organized on vTap.com and its all really easy.

To watch CNN video on your iPhone just follow the below instructions. This should also work for most other sites out there that you are having a hard time viewing the video on your iPod Touch or your iPhone.

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iTunes was Unable to Load Provider Data from Sync Services

If you are unable to sync your iPod don’t try restoring or anything just yet as the problem might be extremelly simple to fix. I noticed that on my Windows XP laptop that if I plug my iPod into different USB ports that things act differently. I have three USB ports on the back of my Dell d420 laptop and I installed my iPod Touch while using the port in the back all the way to the left. Everything works fine if I sync using this port however if I try using one of the other two USB ports on the back of my laptop I get the following errors.

The first pop up error states the following:
iTunes cannot sync information with the iPod “iPod Name” because syncing has been disabled on this computer. Do you want to enable syncing?
If you do not enable syncing, iTunes will not be able to sync contacts, calendars, bookmarks, or mail accounts to your iPod.