2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2010 11:59 AM by Capt peabody
Rogers77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have an iPod Classic 80GB and has a bad problem with syncing. Here's the story:
One day, I plugged it in, it connects fine and it starts the sync. I come back about 10 minutes later and I get an error message about the iPod not being able to sync and some Unknown Error (-50). So I tried again and the same thing. Then I (reluctantly) restored it and synced it again. I come back a couple hours later and the same error comes up. Finally, I plugged it in and wiped it clean with Disk Utility and did the restore and sync. Same error happens.

This iPod has had a hard disk replacement a few months ago with a brand new disk. Also, after I click "OK" on the error message, iTunes locks up, lags, I force quit it and eject the iPod improperly, and the whole computer unlocks and runs fine. I am using Mac OSX 10.4.11 and iTunes 9.2.1.

Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • 1. Re: iPod Classic 80GB Sync issue
    aferrall45 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've had the same problem with my ipod 80 gb classic that I've had since 2008. In order to fix it, I've used a windows machine that doesn't have Itunes on it to reformat it(since Itunes won't let me restore it.)

    A solution I've found, is to use another program to sync music like Winamp, or an older version of Itunes(earlier than 9).

    I believe the problem lies within the firmware of the ipod. The older ipod classics havn't a had firmware update since Itunes 8, so there's no hope that Apple is going fix this. I'm 100% this is the problem, because Best Buy has replaced my ipod with a refurb 3 times in the last 6 months.

    I feel your pain, and hope this helps.
  • 2. Re: iPod Classic 80GB Sync issue
    Capt peabody Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a similar problem. My 80gig classic used to sync fine then I started having problems. It goes through the whole sync process and says sync complete, then a message pops up saying not enough memory available to sync. And itunes on windows vista locks up and has to be force closed. Everything that went onto the iPod becomes 'other' and does take up space. All of the music is on the iPod in a hidden file folder, but only a handful of songs actually show up and are playable. I have the latest version of iTunes and it says my iPod software is up to date. I have restored the iPod and completely removed iTunes and it's related programs and reinstalled but no luck. Still have the sync issue. iTunes seems to do everything else fine. And I am only syncing less than half the capacity of the iPod.