Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2012 3:10 PM (in response to ctroyer325)
Butchering your music so it fits on an iPod is a bad idea.
Put the 256 versions back into your iTunes library, so that will get the music quality you are accustomed to.
When you sync your iPod, use the option to automatically place AAC/128 versions onto the iPod. This option will save space on the iPod, and does not modify the library copies.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2012 3:28 PM (in response to ed2345)
Thanks ed2345. Your recommendation is actually what I originally did which lead me to post this. I appologize if I didn't make that clear. Almost all of my songs are 256kbps in iTunes, but I used the sync option to convert higher to 128kbps on my iPod, only. Out of about 15,400 songs, it only kicked back 3 songs that it won't convert to 128kbps from 256 kbps. Each are AAC. Any other suggestions?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2012 3:51 PM (in response to ctroyer325)
ctroyer, OK, I didn't realize that.
The most common cause for songs that play on iTunes but not on the iPod is the sample rate. Right-click the problem track(s) in your library, Get Info, look at the Summary tab, and see if the "Sample Rate" is something other than 44.100.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2012 3:58 PM (in response to ed2345)
Thanks ed2345. All three are already 44.100kHz, like all of my songs. Any other suggestions?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2012 4:01 PM (in response to ctroyer325)
In fact, I've checked several other parameters; DRM, purchased from iTunes or other, etc. It's stranger because all three are songs from different artists, albums. But each song was either loaded or purchases DRM free with the other songs from their album. The other songs from each album did convert to 128kbps. It seems very odd to me.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2012 4:11 PM (in response to ctroyer325)
OK, that kills the sample rate theory. It's especially strange since they worked fine until a few days ago.
If it were me, I would resort to brute force at this point. If you don't mind having a few dupes in your library, use iTunes to make MP3 versions of them to use on the iPod.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2012 7:27 PM (in response to ctroyer325)
I have always ben using "convert higher bit rate songs to 128kbps" myself on a limited 1GB iPod Shuffle. I bought three new albums by my favourite artist, and four tracks wouldn't convert. I even completely restored the iPod to no avail.
What ended up being a working work-around for me was to re-download these songs. A couple I was able to from my librarly using iCloud, but a couple I actually had to go back into the iTunes Store and re-purchase. I would then get a prompt that I had already purchased this track, and given the option to redownload. I deleted the old tracks, and was able to successfully transfer them to the iPod.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 29, 2012 11:54 AM (in response to ctroyer325)
This problem does seem pretty random, affecting just a small number of tracks. Apparently it is due to some file corruption or something... Anyway, this thread https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2654317?start=15&tstart=0 has a couple of solutions spelled out. Basically the same thing that a-monk-at-large suggested above. (Delete and redownload the offending tracks.)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2012 1:56 PM (in response to ctroyer325)
I have this same problem, only it affects ALL of my music, or at least the ones that are not already AAC. I burned most of my music from CDs into AIFF format, and if I don't try to convert them they transfer just fine onto my iPod/iPhone--but I can only transfer a very small number of files due to the huge AIFF filesize. If I click the "convert higher bit rate songs to 128kB AAC" option, however, I get a message for nearly ALL of my songs that "itunes could not copy [song] to the ipod because the file could not be converted."
Any suggestions? This is a problem with both my iphone and my ipod. I have already restored both of them, uninstalled and reinstalled iTunes 10, all to no avail... Help!!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 12:27 PM (in response to Chi_MM)
No idea why that might be happening, Chi_MM.
As a workaround idea, what about converting all the AIFF to Apple Lossless (ALAC), then syncing the ALAC files to your iPhone with the "convert ... to 128k" box checked? If that works, then you can trash the AIFF files. You could always convert back to AIFF at a later time if you decide to ditch iTunes, since going from AIFF->ALAC->AIFF should be a lossless process.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 10:01 PM (in response to Matt D in OC)
Thanks Matt--a good idea. Is there a way to convert large numbers of files using iTunes?
So far I have only been able to convert them one at a time...
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 9:35 AM (in response to Chi_MM)
Sure, you can select multiple tracks by clicking on one, then shift-click on another to select all the tracks inbetween the two. Or Ctrl-A / Cmd-A to select all I think. Then right-click / Ctrl-click to bring up the giant pop-up context menu, and select "Convert to ..."
The "Convert to ..." menu option will change depending on what your setting is in Preferences for importing music. So set your importing preference to Apple Lossless first, then do the conversion.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2012 12:14 PM (in response to ctroyer325)
I just had this issue with a couple of songs after a sync, I checked through this thread and checked things like the sample rate (mine was fine too).
As I use iTunes Match I deleted the two offending tracks from my local library and re-downloaded them from the Cloud - once I synced this time it worked and both tracks went across to my iPhone.
So - if you use iTunes Match - then try that, if not if re-adding the offending tracks to iTunes is an option either from a CD or MP3 file, then try that!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2012 11:11 AM (in response to winnits)
After being unable to resolve my issue, I also converted everything to iTunes Match, which made the problem obsolete without actually fixing it. I'm happy with Match though, and recommend it to anyone who is having similar issues.