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iPod Shuffle Won't Sync Playlist (too large)

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Renshae Calculating status...
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Dec 25, 2010 5:27 AM
I have a brand new iPod Shuffle 4th Gen and when I try to sync it with a playlist, it says that there's not enough room on the iPod for the entire playlist. I've read that the iPod shuffle should only fill part of the playlist if it is too big (which is what I want to happen), but that's not happening with mine. It just gives the error that the playlist is too large and then will not sync.
The only settings that I've changed from the default is to select the playlist from which I want the shuffle to randomly fill music.
Any ideas?
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,870 points)
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    Dec 28, 2010 6:57 AM (in response to Renshae)
    Create a smaller playlist.

    Regards,
    Patrick
    iMac 24" 2.66GHz  eMac 1.25GHz (OS 10.4.11) , Mac OS X (10.5.7),  Canon iP4200 printer  Many Ext Drives  30GB and 80GB 5th Gen iPods
  • GeePhunk Calculating status...
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    Jan 11, 2011 5:00 PM (in response to PT)
    I finally found out how to do this. Apparently, most Apple staff don't actually know about this and will give you unhelpful, curt answers such as "Create a smaller playlist". (Geniuses?!? I don't think so...)

    In iTunes, under devices, click the arrow to left of your ipod to bring a dropdown list of music. Click on music and then in the bottom of the window should be a field that says 'Autofill from: xxxxxx' where xxxx is a dropdown that you can scroll thru all of your playlists. Once you have chosen the playlist you want, you click the autofill button on the lower right and this should do exactly what you want.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Paul Mike Calculating status...
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    Jan 12, 2011 8:27 AM (in response to Renshae)
    1. plug your iPod. iTunes should start.
    2. eject your iPod and close iTunes.
    3. go to "Device Manager\Disk drives" and you should see Apple IPod USB Device
    4. Uninstall the drivers
    5. take the iPod out of the dock and insert it back in. Now Windows should reinstall the drivers for it, and it should work fine.

    Or you follow this page reviews about [how to transfer iPod to computer on PC or Mac|http://www.softwarebbs.com/wiki/IPod/iPhone/iPadTo_Computer_Transfer_%26_Backup_SoftwareReviews].
    Cheers!
    Mac Air, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPhone 3GS,iPod Nano
  • MRERYTR Calculating status...
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    Jan 17, 2011 9:10 AM (in response to GeePhunk)
    I am having this exact same problem, and GeePhunk's reply seems promising. I found the dropdown list, clicked on "music" but can't find the field that says "autofill" that is supposed to be in the bottom of the window. GeePhunk, can you tell me where I'm supposed to see "autofill"? Is it in the colored pane to the left? Is it on the gray line on the bottom? I really, really want to be able to autofill.
    iMac 8.1, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,445 points)
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    Jan 17, 2011 9:13 AM (in response to GeePhunk)
    GeePhunk wrote:
    I finally found out how to do this. Apparently, most Apple staff don't actually know about this and will give you unhelpful, curt answers such as "Create a smaller playlist". (Geniuses?!? I don't think so...)


    This is a user-to-user forum. Non one who responds to you here works for Apple. Everyone is a volunteer. If you don't like advice, ignore it. Being rude will tend to get you less help in the future.

    Best of luck.
    MacBook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Current iPods: 3 Gen Nano, 1st Gen Touch, 3rd Gen Touch, 6th gen Nano, iPad
  • kikta Calculating status...
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    May 3, 2011 8:50 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

    You and PT are the only ones being rude and flippant. People like the both of you scare new users away and annoy older ones.

     

    Try being helpful or don't reply.

  • sanfranciscotx Calculating status...
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    May 4, 2011 2:23 AM (in response to GeePhunk)

    I can't find the box that GeePhunk is talking about either, but it sounds vaguely familiar. Wasn't that on the 1G shuffles, or an older version of iTunes?

  • ChippyDeluxe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 7, 2011 11:40 AM (in response to Renshae)

    I have worked this out. I was struggling to find the 'Autofill' option in v10.3.1 too.

     

    Here is how to autofill an iPod Shuffle from a Playlist:

     

    - Connect the iPod Shuffle

    - In iTunes, click the device name in 'Devices' in the left-hand panel and tick 'Manually manage music' in the Summary tab

    - DON'T tick 'Sync Music' in the Music tab, this will untick 'Manually manage music'

    - Click the little triange to the left of the device name in 'Devices' to reveal a 'Music' sub-category

    - Click the 'Music' sub-category under the device name in 'Devices', then you should see the 'Autofill from:' option at the bottom of the main window. Select the playlist from the dropdown.

     

     

    Hope this works for everyone else

  • Brandito Calculating status...
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    Dec 9, 2011 11:44 PM (in response to Renshae)

    Renshae-

    Not sure if what Paul Mike or ChippyDeluxe have proposed works or not, but I figured out another way to do it also using Smart Playlists --

     

    If you have a playlist that is larger than your iPod, and you just want your iPod to select a random selection of songs from your large playlist (as opposed to your entire iTunes library), you can do it by creating a "Smart Playlist" (as opposed to a regular playlist).

     

    To create a "Smart Playlist", go to File - New Smart Playlist and, when setting up the rules for the Smart Playlist, just select "Playlist" "is" "(select name of your large playlist)" and then in the limit section of the rules limit the size of your Smart Playlist to whatever the size of your iPod is (I eventually had to guessimate the number of "items" (read: songs) that my 4GB iPod could generally fit -- about 690) -- and then limit the Smart Playlist to 690 items selected randomly from the original playlist.  Then, when syncing my iPod, I select only the Smart Playlist I created to sync and viola - a random selection of songs from my large original playlist is synced with my iPod -- whew!

  • SemperP Calculating status...
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    Dec 22, 2011 8:18 PM (in response to ChippyDeluxe)

    ChippyDeluxe, your solution worked for me. My iPod shuffle 4G would appear to synch but the songs were "grayed" and I couldn't get iTunes to recognize the iPod. I also went in to the Device Manager like Paul Mike recommended and had to delete the driver and then plug the iPod back in. Computer recognized the new device, installed new driver, and now it appears to work fine. Thanks all, SemperP.

  • soujo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 24, 2012 10:20 PM (in response to Renshae)

    ChippyDeluxe has the right (best) answer. Checking the 'Manually manage music' box is the key. Thanks very much ChippyDeluxe.

     

    Agree with Kikta. I hate it when people like PT, who don't have an answer to a query, go and post flippant, condescending comments. If you don't know, just don't say anything.

  • Raccoon TO Calculating status...
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    Jul 19, 2013 12:19 PM (in response to Renshae)

    Hey I found information that I think answer the question.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1719

     

    Good Luck!

  • grunger Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2013 7:07 PM (in response to ChippyDeluxe)

    Chippy Deluxe has best solution to this (which has been puzzling me for a while)!

    And all because I ignored that little trangle he mentioned in the devices bar!

    Nice one chippy!

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