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Genius playlist appears blank when sync'd to iPod - fixable?

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I create a Genius playlist using iTunes (Windows) based on Beegie Adair's "Take The A Train" from album Songs of Duke Ellington. I save the playlist in iTunes. I sync (entire music library) to my iPod Touch (4th Gen), iOS 5.0.1. The playlist name "Take The A Train" appears in the iPod Playlists, but upon inspecting its content, the lines are all blank!


"Edit/Refresh/Delete" buttons appear on the top of this playlist's content. If you tap one of the blank lines, one of the songs in the playlist starts to play, album cover and song info are displayed normally. The basis for the playlist, "Take The A Train" by Adair, is not in the playlist on the iPod; it is not the first song.


Fixes I tried:

  • Delete playlist on iPod, reset iPod, delete playlist on iTunes, reboot computer: the problem is readily re-created.
  • Updated Genius data in iTunes/Windows and re-sync'd, with no improvement.



  • Syncing iPod Touch produces message "Syncing Genius Data... copying xx of 70" every time even when nothing has changed in iTunes/Windows.
  • Other playlists from the same Beegie Adair album can be created and they sync properly.
  • Selecting the song on the iPod and attempting to generate a Genius playlist produces "This song does not have enough related songs to create a Genius Playlist", though Genius playlist based on this song can be created on iTunes/Windows, and can be created for apparently any other song on iPod.
  • This playlist syncs, appears and works properly on older iPod 4th Gen (Click Wheel, 40GB), ver. 3.1.1
iPod touch, iOS 5.0.1, 32GB


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