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  • jimmirock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 30, 2014 11:25 AM (in response to rkstiens)

    I had this problem for too long, through numerous iTunes and iOS updates. If it's not this taking ages it's "waiting for items to sync" or whatever it was. I gave up. I couldn't wait days to send new music to my iPhone. I was wasting too much time so once my iPhone contract was up I switch to an Android phone instead.

     

    I still however have my iPad which also has this problem. But once this eventually dies I'll have no problem buying another product now I know how much better it works.

     

    It's sad because I really liked my iPhone and iOS. But music is too important for me and I'm too busy to fuss around waiting so long. My last sync was taking 13 hours before I decided to move on, and it hadn't finished yet either.

  • fhphotog Calculating status...
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    Jan 30, 2014 3:35 PM (in response to rkstiens)

    I have this problem constantly. Sometimes devices are not recognized; most all of the time I cannot sync music to my iPod. This all has started with the last couple of iTunes updates, or should I say downgrades?

     

    iTunes has really become substandard software.

     

    I think since Steve is no longer there, Apple people just don't give a rat's behind. If they did, this problem obviously affecting lots and lots of customers would have been solved by now.

  • VillalvaRaptor Calculating status...
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    Jan 30, 2014 5:42 PM (in response to rkstiens)

    I think I may have found something, i was having the same problem and then i restored my ipod from backup, but instead of having it sync all of my songs, i have it to sync only selected playlists, artists, etc. I have had this for a week or two on this settings and sync a few hundred songs every day and it doesn't stay stuck on the "waiting for changes to be applied" now. My library is over 10,000 songs so this was very annoying when it would get stuck, I also found on the internet that some were experiencing the problem only when they had the "sync only checked items" checked. I still have that feature on and it has been working for me, and it still says "waiting for changes..." but only for a few seconds and then it only syncs the newer songs, not all of them like it used to.

     

    Hope this helps!

     

    -V-

  • marxolly Calculating status...
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    Jan 31, 2014 6:11 PM (in response to cpaulPHL)

    Thanks cpaulPHL

     

    1) disabled "Find My iPhone" on the iCloud settings of my iPhone

     

    I did this, synching went back to normal, then re-enabled "Find My iPhone" on the iCloud settings and the sync is still working fine.

     

    Now if I could just get iTunes Match to work.....

  • bevzab Calculating status...
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    Feb 1, 2014 3:30 AM (in response to Madam)

    This suggestion helped - thank you, thank you, thank you....

     

    I spent hours (the whole morning in fact) trying all the other suggested solutions which did not help! Yours' did.

     

    Wow! Thanks.

  • smokybob333 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 2, 2014 10:35 AM (in response to jimmirock)

    This resolution seems really drastic, but I'm on the verge myself, after 30 years as apple user and defender. Without the ability to manage my music -- actually being prevented from accessing and updating -- all the other bells and whistles I can get on other phones and other platforms. Have you updated to the most recent itunes version? Got some temporary relief but it still doesn't address the underlying flaw.

  • smokybob333 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 2, 2014 10:36 AM (in response to marxolly)

    I cancelled iTunes Match but would sign up again if someone had a fix. Let me know if you find one,

  • smokybob333 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 2, 2014 10:39 AM (in response to jimmirock)

    This resolution seems really drastic, but I'm on the verge myself, after 30 years as apple user and defender. Without the ability to manage my music -- actually being prevented from accessing and updating -- all the other bells and whistles I can get on other phones and other platforms. Have you updated to the most recent itunes version? Got some temporary relief but it still doesn't address the underlying flaw.

  • jimmirock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 2, 2014 10:54 AM (in response to smokybob333)

    Aye. It's just for me music is first and forthmost the feature I need most, making calls, taking photos, browsing the internet on a train, playing Free To Play games... that's all secondary.

     

    I'm keeping my ear to the ground though. If one day there is a fix my next phone will be an iPhone once again.

     

    13+ hour syncs just to add a single new album is not what I consider a good user experience. And I've emailed Apple about this, I've provided all the evidence they wanted in return to fix it. But each new update and the problem isn't fixed. Ah well! Android is alright! It's a nice temporary home.

  • Larryshair Calculating status...
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    Feb 4, 2014 9:29 PM (in response to rkstiens)

    What solved this for me, after long hours of banging my head against the wall. was to uncheck the Sync Movies and Sync Music and then performed a sync.  After this, I rechecked these items to be synced again and it finally worked.

  • ExTech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 5, 2014 1:00 PM (in response to Stage079)

    It's been a week since we heard from Satge079, so it looks like at least one possible (though drastic) fix is to delete all your album artwork.

     

    I've been thinking about that solution a lot, and I've finally decided I don't want to give up my artwork.  Like I mentioned earlier, it's part of the experience to me.  I've even gone so far as to reconstruct my songs into albums from my youth (the ones not available for download) complete with original covers.  It would hurt too much to give that up.

     

     

     

     

    So here's what "works" for me now:

     

    (1) I initiate a sync, but cancel the sync if "waiting for changes" takes more than 10 seconds (which is pretty much every time)

     

    (2) I then open up the iPhone in the sidebar - songs that should've been added should appear, but grayed out with circles next to them

     

    (3) I then start another sync and I WATCH CAREFULLY

     

    (4) if the playlists in the iPhone sidebar start "dancing" and changing, there's a good chance this next sync WILL load the missing songs

     

    (5) if there's no movement among the iPhone sidebar playlists, I'll just cancel the sync, because it'll almost certainly fail

     

    (6) after the "dancing playlists," the "waiting for changes" will still take at least 10 seconds ... BUT ... the diagonal progress striping will be jerky and halting.  If it's too smooth, I know I'm looking at another long sync, and I'll cancel.

     

    (7) If, and only if, I've seen both "dancing playlists" and "halting progress striping," I'll assume a successful sync is in the works.  The "waiting for changes" should last about 10 seconds, 20 at most, then my media will start uploading

     

    If I miss the sync cancellation in step (1), the "long sync" begins and iTunes begins disabling my songs, movies and audiobooks.

     

     

    It makes every, single sync an adventure of sorts.

     

     

     

     

    By the way, anyone else notice these things?

     

    (A) long syncs disable most, but not all, "ripped" songs.  The survivors tend to be songs from artists "Ab..." to "Am..." alphabetically.

     

    (B) purchased songs remain intact

     

    (C) long syncs disable most, sometimes all, audiobooks, whether ripped or purchased

     

    (D) long syncs disable all ripped and home movies, no exceptions.

     

    (E) purchased movies remain intact

  • ITGeezer Calculating status...
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    Feb 6, 2014 2:54 AM (in response to rkstiens)

    For me ... it was app related ... iPhone 4s ... iTunes 11.1.4.62

     

    I removed some apps I didn't use (using iTunes) ... did the File Device Transfer Purchases thing ... set to manually manage music and not auto sync ... couple of hard reboots with power button and home button ... then it synced OK without sticking at waiting for copy or waiting for changes.

     

    Then I turned back on sync all music and syced and it worked.  Had to do a few times because some tracks didn't synch on the iPhone.

     

    Fingers crossed it keeps working.

     

    There is definitely something very flaky going on here though.

  • stevieh59 Calculating status...
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    Feb 6, 2014 3:54 AM (in response to rkstiens)

    For me it was stuck. So with the iphone/pad etc plugged in I was having the failings at the last step.

     

    I got it to work by unticking "Sync this ****** over wifi" and onnly ticking"manually manage music and videos"

     

    Maybe it gets confussed and I thought I was managing it anyway.

     

    Anyway - that worked for me, literally did the ticks. Off it goes, now adding 1500+ tunes

  • masc88 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 8, 2014 6:46 AM (in response to J Noel)

    medialibrary on iOS was borked in my case, too.

    resulted in erratic behaviour, some changes outlined in this thread or simply waiting a long time seemed to help, but only temporarily.

     

    simplified steps I performed to fix it without having to re-setup the whole device:

     

    • cancel all pending syncs on iTunes and the device
    • clear out all songs on the device (settings->general->usage->music, left swipe on All Music, delete)
    • use iExplorer (eg. http://www.tomsguide.com/us/download/iExplorer,0301-46194.html) or a similar tool to delete Media/iTunes_Control/iTunes/MediaLibrary.sqlitedb on the device
    • power down and restart device (this will create a new MediaLibrary.sqlitedb)
    • resync (waiting for changes to be applied will take a while on first clean sync as it's figuring out the changes. that's ok, don't cancel)

     

    nothing required on the iTunes side except triggering the sync.

  • ExTech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 8, 2014 11:59 AM (in response to masc88)

    Thanks, masc88, I actually didn't know you could wipe out the media all at once without resetting the device!

     

     

    I'll definitely try your fix next.  Meanwhile, here's what I've found since my last post:

     

    I had about 50 songs that were purchased through iTunes but STILL getting disabled during long syncs.

     

    Like I'd mentioned earlier, long syncs disable all my ripped media, all my home movies, and all my audiobooks.  They leave purchased songs intact, likewise purchased movies.  They disable purchased audiobooks, which made me think an audiobook was at fault (I could never confirm this; removing them all did not fix the problem).

     

    Finally, last night, I discovered the 50 purchased songs that were also getting disabled during long syncs.

     

    I've removed them from the device, and my syncs have been normal since then.  And I mean completely normal, for the first time since iOS7 came out.

     

    That said, it's only been 12 hours (but MANY syncs), so I'll post again if the problem re-emerges.

     

    If not, I'll post the exact procedure I used for ID'ing the problem purchases.  It can be a painful process, but I did discover some shortcuts.

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