While some have noticed that the new iTunes 10 could now play music directly from connected iDevices without having to activate the special “Manually manage music and video” mode, the other interesting related, but much more interesting new feature was missed.
Previously, iTunes media transfert was either a full sync, meaning you had first to put songs in a playlist then tell iTunes to sync it with the phone, or a full manual process, where you could drag and drop files, but would loose the power of using the sync options defined.
It is now possible to simply drag and drop songs from the iTunes list to the iPhone icon, which which prompt iTunes to immediately transfer these songs to your device.
iTunes 10 will list those songs under a new “Manually Added Songs” group in the “Music” tab of its iPhone settings.
This new feature allow the best of both modes: full sync while still allowing immediate media transfer on demand. Sweet.
PS. I discovered this by chance, and I can’t understand why Apples doesn’t announce such new features somewhere in their release notes.