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iTunes shows incorrect events to sync from iPhoto

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rhegan Calculating status...
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Sep 22, 2012 8:53 AM

After upgrading my "new" iPad to ios 6 and on my new iPhone 5, i can no longer sync all of my photos from iPhoto to the devices.  I have also upgraded the releveant deskyop apps, i.e. iPhoto and iTunes.


When viewiing the list of iPhoto events within iTunes on the photo sync screen for a specific device.  the events listed are incorract.  When i sync to the device the events syncd are those listed in Tunes, which are wrong.


I have tried the following

  • Rebuilt the iPhoto library using all the options avavilable when starting iPhoto with option/command selected.
  • Deleted the ipod photo cache folder within the iPhoto package
  • Deleted the albumdata.xml in the iPhoto package
  • Rebooted all devices and desktop
  • Performed a factory reset on a mobile device.
  • Syncd all photos, removed all photos and then resync.


I beleive this is an issue with iTunes as there does not seem to be any issues with the iPhoto library itself and the mobile devices are syncing the list that iTunes is showing them, albeit an incoorect list.  so the only thing that seems to be wrong is the incorrect list of iPhoto events shown in iTunes.


Is there another cache that iTunes uses to get the list of events to sync fromiPhoto?  Any other suggestions that could fix this?


thanks in advance for any help

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Ekaradimos Calculating status...
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    Sep 22, 2012 1:14 PM (in response to rhegan)


    I have the same problem. It appeared just after upgrading iPhoto to 9.4 version.

    There is a relevant topic on Apple forum but no solution yet, just a couple of workarounds that didn't work for me.

  • Samma Lamma Calculating status...
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    Sep 24, 2012 6:04 PM (in response to rhegan)

    Same problem. Current version of iTunes and iPhoto. Event list is almost gibberish. Dozens of events that are just written as dates and don't correspond to actual iPhoto events.

  • vivagypsy Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2012 1:43 AM (in response to rhegan)

    I am having the same problem...I tried to sync my iPhone. There are so many items I have in a folder on my desktop are coming up as many iPhoto Events in the sync section. It is horrible!!! I don't know how to get rid of all of them. They don't exist in my iPhoto. Also I see lists of many dates all in my Events...Crazy!!!! I hope there is a way to fix this Horrible Problem.
    I thought I did something wrong...

  • dackman Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Sep 26, 2012 3:41 AM (in response to rhegan)

    Hi, a few of us are having the same problems over at


    Events that don't exist and Faces duplicated. Please be sure to report this all to Apple.


  • TheScoot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 28, 2012 11:21 AM (in response to rhegan)

    Same here.  I have a ton of events named Roll1, Roll 2 Etc and then a bunch of events named Oct 20, 2010 showing up in itunes.  It also will not order things the same way as in iPhoto.  Tried everything with no luck.

  • Vasco Barreiros Calculating status...
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    Sep 30, 2012 1:36 PM (in response to rhegan)

    I have the same problem, a bunch of non existing events in Itunes... ? Come one Apple.. Please send us a fix

  • maevans1969 Calculating status...
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    Oct 1, 2012 1:02 AM (in response to rhegan)

    Same issue here.  Have logged my feedback with them and asked for them to investigate and issue a software update as quickly as possible.

  • Vasco Barreiros Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 2, 2012 10:33 AM (in response to rhegan)

    I have updated iphoto with todays new realease and the problem is still there, that is I still have multiple non existing events in the itunes photo section of the devices.

  • maevans1969 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello Vasco

    Check that you have closed and restarted both iPhoto and iTunes .. iTunes needs to re-read the albumdata.xml file and only seems to do that when you start it.



  • MellowGirl Calculating status...
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    Oct 4, 2012 10:14 PM (in response to rhegan)

    I'm having the same issue. I upgraded to mountain lion and ios6. Have all updates installed. I tried everything. Erased photos on ipad and iphone. Rebooted mac several times. I was about to wipe out and factory restore both i devices. Im glad I searched for this issue for it seems to be useless.

    Apple please fix this bug. I cant find my pictures easily. My events are a total mess.

  • maevans1969 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 4, 2012 10:24 PM (in response to MellowGirl)


    I installed iPhoto 9.4.1 and it resolved the issue; the iPhoto update is available via 'Sofware Update' or from Apple downloads.


    I had to restart iPhoto and iTunes when the install had been completed.




  • dackman Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    The 9.4.1 update resolves some issues but not all.


    My phantom events have now disappeared from iTunes but it still shows different numbers of photos in events to the corresponding events in iPhoto.


    iTunes also shows many repeated Faces included some that were deleted a long time ago.


    As far as I'm concerned the update was a big iFail.

  • Snailhand Calculating status...
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    Oct 8, 2012 8:40 PM (in response to rhegan)


    I understand this thread is a couple of weeks old, and maybe there's a solution to this problem, however, I have similar problems to those discussed above, I've tried the 9.4.1 upgrade, but it doesn't help. Since updating both OSX Mountain Lion and iPhoto to the latest versions on my iMac (I've also updated iPhoto to the recent 9.4.1 patch) my iTunes library no longer correctly syncs with iPhoto. This means I cannot sync all my photos to my iPad and I can't watch all my photos via my Apple TV. Prior to the software upgrade, this all worked fine!! Although my iPhoto library all looks OK, when I look at the Photos tab in iTunes when syncing to my iPad, half the iPhoto events have dissapeard and those events that are visible in iTunes (or on the Apple TV) contain only a fractioin of the photos in the same event in iPhoto?? I've seen a number of posts on the Apple Support Community with various "solutions" suggested, but if this is a real problem with the new IOS / iPhoto upgrades, will Apple be fixing the problem???

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