My iPod Nano has been freezing up for months, but only the first time I try to sync it. To get past this, I just unplug my ipod (it doesn't corrupt files, so it must not really be syncing), and then force the iTunes program to close. Then I try syncing again, and it works. In my case, it has nothing to do with a large number of songs, as I don't have that many. I am on Windows 7, and I am syncing an iPod Nano 6th generation, and I use Nike+. Not sure if the Nike+ thing has anything to do with it, since it doesn't freeze when I try to sync my iPad. Either way, this is a pain and should not happen.
I realised why this was happening for me. The apple service Bonjour was stopped so it caused itunes to freeze when I connected my iPod touch.
For Windows 7:
Go to start menu
-> Control Panel
-> Administrative Tools
-> Right click and open properties
-> Select Automatic from the drop down menu
-> Start the service.
This fixed my issue, so I hope it helps.
I believe that I've found a solution.
Left Click the "Itunes" shortcut.
Chances are, In the "Compatibility mode" section, nothing is checked.
Click the "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" box and in the scroll-down menu, click "Windows 7"
Now, start up itunes and plug in your ipod. I had a 2 second freeze, then all was well.
I hope this works for all of you. It worked well for me.
Worked for me! Thanks!
I read Apples FAQ Database page where they try to help you stop the freezing problem. Anyway, after follow all the tips listed I didn't make any progress. So that's when I decided to start disabling groups of services in MSConfig (MSConfig.exe). After many many restarts I finally found the culprit (I believe).
- Background Intelligent Transfer Service
After I disabled this service, connecting my iPhone works almost every time. It still freezes once in a while, but it works by far the majority of the time. I'm not sure if this is a fix or just a work-a-round since it doesn't totally fix it, but hopefully this helps some people.
Please respond and inform me if this works for others.
Totally experiencing the same issues. I recently went out and bought myself a new laptop. Running Windows 7 home premium 6.1. Now, upon installing iTunes (10.3.55) , I tried to sync some of the new songs onto my iPod (4th Generation Nano w/ the newest software updates). At first, My iTunes would start syncing the songs to my iPod & freeze iTunes completely. It froze up so bad that I couldn't even force close the task in task manager. So, I un-installed iTunes & quicktime hoping to fix the problem. After re-installing the same version of iTunes, I tried again to sync a song to my iPod and it worked for 1 song then unfortunatly froze again. Now everytime I even plug my iPod in, iTunes freeze's completly. The only way to get iTunes working again is to disconnect my iPod.
Now, I've tried all the tips posted in this thread, every single one and none have worked. One thing I haven't tried it switching the compatability mode to "windows 7", only because when I went into iTunes > Properties > Compatability, I don't have a Windows 7 option in the drop menu. Still, iTunes continues to freeze.
If somebody could list anymore possible solutions for me to try, I'd greatly appreciate it.
My experience is slightly different but may help. Basically my iTunes would crash as soon as I would go to the iTune Store. After right clicking on the itune program icon, properties, compatiblity and then enabling the "Turn off advance text service for this program" my issue was resolved, so may be worth a shot if you haven't tried this yet.
I do in fact use the ports in the front. So, per your suggestion, I took Itunes out of Windows 7 compatibility mode, which was the fix that worked for me, and then plugged my iphone to a back USB port. It still froze.
I put it back into Windows 7 compatibility mode, and it works again.
For those that said they don't have a Windows 7 compatibility mode I just tried "Windows Vista" compatibility mode and that also works. I 'think' this problem happens on 64 bit versions of windows 7.