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Sync between Classic iPod and iTunes (10.5.3)

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Mar 14, 2012 10:16 PM

I do hope someone may be able to help me to sort out a mess I've got myself into concerning the transfer of music from iTunes to iPod, and back again. I don't know how it happened, but every attempt I try to untangle things, it only seems to make the problem worse.


Here's what's happening:


1. I have an older list of playlists on my iPod, which I want to update heavily (with the replacement tunes coming from my iTunes playlists);

2. at the same time, the up to date set of playlists on my iTunes I want to transfer to my iPod;

3. unfortunately, one playlist (though still in iPod), has completely disappeared from the iTunes. A complete mystery.

4. the Devices tab down the left hand side seems to come and go at will, depending on whether the iPod and computer are connected via a USB. Is that normal?


So, could I receive the help and advice of Forum members to:

1. transfer songs from the iTunes playlists to my iPod music playlists;

2. get rid of the older playlists currently on my iPod - with the exception of one playlist (see point. 3 above); and

3. advise about the ever-disappearing Devices tab!


I look forward very much to receiving the help from any Forum members. I should add that my computer skills are pretty much in the 0-5 bracket, so replies in simple English would be much preferred. Thank you.

iPod classic, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iTunes
  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Mar 16, 2012 8:34 PM (in response to Bowral)

    Let's try to take this all one thing at a time.  First things first though.  Is all your music that is on your iPod Classic still in your iTunes library?


    If so, that'll make much of this necessary clean up process much more simple.



  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Mar 16, 2012 10:23 PM (in response to Bowral)

    Okay good to know.   The first thing I would do at this point then is focus on exporting all of your playlists on the iPod Classic to your PC.  This can help eliminate problem #3 with the playlist no longer being in your iTunes library, but still on your iPod.  To do this, plug your iPod into one of your Mac's USB ports and when it appears in iTunes right->click on it from under the Devices section and choose Export Playlists


    If that doesn't work, you may need to right click on the individual playlist from under your iPod and choose Export.  Keep in mind that the export operation does not export the actual music files from your iPod, but instead just the playlist's song list.  You can then import this playlist into iTunes by simply dragging the file from your Desktop (or wherever you saved it) into iTunes.


    If iTunes does not recognize your iPod, we'll have to go down that route first instead.  In that case, I would recommend working through each and every single one of the suggestions in this Apple support document.


  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Mar 19, 2012 5:56 AM (in response to Bowral)

    Sounds good and no worries about the delayed response!  I'll be keeping an eye on this thread!


    I hope everything goes well for you during your stay at the hospital!



  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Mar 25, 2012 3:33 PM (in response to Bowral)

    (b) However, there are quite a number of music categories which I don't really want. i.e. Cover Flow, Artists, Albums, Compilations, ?Songs, Genres, Composers. Grateful advice whether I really should keep these lists: I can't see the need for them, though.

    (c) In addition, I wonder if you think I need to retain another category of tools in my iPod: i.e. Videos, Photos, Podcasts. What do you think?


    I don't believe those can be removed as they are built in to the iPod's software unforunately.


    2. iTunes:

    (a) By some means unknown to me, my iTunes pages seem to have sorted themselves out roughly. In other words, I have a coherent single Playlist which lists in order some 11 separate catergories of music, as well as the odd "iTunes DJ", whatever that does!


    I'm a litte lost on this one.  You should be able to view all of your music stored in iTunes by clicking on the Music category at the very top under Library in the left hand pane of iTunes.  It sounds like you are referring to the playlists section in the left hand pane of iTunes.  ???


    I guess the other point to mention belatedly is that my name, under "Devices", only appears after I conect the iPod to the computer's USB. We live and learn!


    That's how it is intended to work. Your iPod will only be listed in iTunes when you have it physically connected to a USB port on your PC.  This allows iTunes to communicate with the iPod.  You can not edit sync settings for the iPod when it is not physically plugged in and appearing in iTunes.


    Hope this clarifies at least a few of your questions!



  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Mar 26, 2012 5:57 AM (in response to Bowral)
    In conclusion, would you recommend a mug like me signing up for the iTunes Genesis, as Apple keeps offering me time and again? I feel perhaps that I'm better off managing a playlist I know how to understand, sort off. However, I'd welcome your views.



    iTunes Genius might be worth looking into, but personally, I stay away from it as some of the selections/playlists it creates are a bit bizarre for my liking. Some would say that's because I don't have all the correct metadata in place, when in fact I do.


    Usually I just stick with creating my own playlists/mixes or make use of Smart Playlists to get the job done.

    Just my two cents though.



  • planb77 Level 7 Level 7 (32,255 points)
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    Mar 28, 2012 5:56 AM (in response to Bowral)

    Again, no problem at all.  Just glad to have helped.  Come back anytime.




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