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I've got an iPhone 4 (running iOS 4.3.5) and iTunes (v10.4.1) on a Mac running OS X (10.6.8).

When connected to iTunes, I've got the Music -> Sync Music -> Include voice memos option unchecked, but that seems to have no effect. Each time I sync the phone, all the new voice memos are pulled down to iTunes and dropped in my library.

So, the question is: How can I prevent iTunes from pulling down the voice memos and just leave them on my iPhone?

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Looking in the obvious places first might help:

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I must not have made that clear in my question. I've got that unchecked already. It's still pulling down the Voice Memos. Does that setting work for you and prevent them from being downloaded? –  Alan W. Smith Sep 5 '11 at 23:05
yeah works fine, are you sure it's still actively syncing or the files on your computer were just left over from before? Toggling the option above doesn't delete voice memos already synced to your iTunes –  XAleXOwnZX Sep 6 '11 at 1:08
It may just be something weird in my machine, but it continues to pull down new voice memos. I've deleted them all on both the iPhone and iTunes and toggled the setting back and forth. New iPhone voice memos still sync to iTunes even when the setting is off. (I also deleted the "Voice Memos" playlist in case that was related, but those tests didn't work either.) If it's working for others then it must be something weird that I've got on my machine. –  Alan W. Smith Oct 14 '11 at 2:07

I figured out: You have to MARK "include music videos" and not mark "Include voice memos". It´s strange, since what I wanted had nothing to do with music videos. If you not mark "include music videos" it doesn't work.

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Unfortunately, that isn't working for me. I tried with both with it checked and with it unchecked. In both cases, it still pulled them down. –  Alan W. Smith Sep 14 '11 at 20:22
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Currently, there doesn't seem to be a way to prevent iTunes from pulling in the voice memos. The closest I've been able to figure would be to have a script or launchd item that simply removes anything that it sees. Preferable copying them to another directory for storage.

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First, select all voice memos in your library. Then right click on the selected multiple items and open 'Get Info'. Open the 'Options' tab and select Media Kind as 'Voice Memo' and keep the box checked. Close it. Then, unckeck 'include voice memos' from the Music section on the iPhone in iTunes. Now sync your iPhone without including voice memos !

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What you should do is to choose what you would like to download to your phone, not what you would like upload to your iTunes.

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I checked include music videos and did not check include voice memos. I deleted the voice memo playlist and that was that, never again have I seen voice memos in my music library. try it you'll like it.

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It's not that weird. It does it for me too on 4 different Macs in my home. The Apple Support Discussion site contains statements by many others experiencing the same thing. I don't know if it's a bug in iTunes, the voice memo app, or what. Just be careful. If your sharing your music library on a network you're also sharing those voice memos with everyone on the network since they're in your music library.

Wish Apple would create a separate category for Voice Memos in iTunes and get them out of the music library. And they need to fix this syncing issue. I've written feedback submissions about this. I encourage others to do the same.

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Just download a new voice memo app, this one will not have any connection to your music library.

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