6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 24, 2010 10:50 PM by TopherLove
senkafelina Level 1 (0 points)

I have an iPod classic, 80gb, and it's been working great over the past years. It's in great condition, and it hasn't had any problems until now. I haven't tried to sync it in awhile, but now when I plug in the iPod, Windows gives me a "scan and fix" type of error. I've tried scanning and fixing, as well as not choosing the option, and nothing really seems to be fixed in any sort. However, the real problem is when I was putting new music onto my itunes, and it works perfectly fine. All the songs play on iTunes and everything. However, when I go hit 'sync', it won't sync. It flashes the "Sync in progress" bar for about half a second before it goes away.

The computer is still recognizing the iPod, it's just having trouble syncing and I'm not sure what to do. I have the most up-to-date installation of iTunes, and I've tried pressing the center and menu button and that doesn't work, and I've also tried reinstalling iTunes and nothing works.

On a side note, my iPod is currently formatted to also be an external hard drive. I don't know how to get it back to just being an iPod, but as far as my knowledge it working as an external hard drive hasn't messed anything up, but I'm not sure.

Any help would be amazing! I'm getting frustrated!

Windows 7
  • aviafx Level 1 (0 points)
    Do you keep all of your content on your iPod synced with the same content in your Library? (aka, you don't manually manage your music).
    DId you try restoring your iPod? If not, in the iTunes source list, under your iPod, there should be an option to "restore". It will write the iPod software over the old version and reset your settings, usually solving any formatting problems.
  • senkafelina Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks so much! I had the settings checked to "manually manage" so it wasn't able to sync anything. Problem solved!
  • Ryan315 Level 1 (0 points)
    My ipod Classic (silver 160gb) is about a year and a half old. It seems after iTunes updated beyond about itunes 9ish, the classic ipod syncing epidemic began. After connecting my ipod for updates and syncing, I occasionally will have to restore the ipod and re-sync; however, the majority of the time, the ipod will sycn slowly and only to about 5000 or 6000 tracks. At this point, the ipod begins to flash "connected" rather than "sync" and it appears to be inactive. I have allowed the computer to continue to sync for over an hour without any progress. While this is going on, my computer will not respond very quickly to commands sometimes taking over 5 minutes to process a request such as shutting down. The only remedy I have for this problem is too reset the ipod (holding center and up on dial) and then awaiting the computer to recognize the ipod so I can format the ipod and then restore. Allegedly ipod is 'working on it', and is well aware of the problem, but over the last year and a half, I have not seen an Apple patch to fix the problem. Has anyone heard of any such patch? I am not the only one...this complaint is well documented throughout the internet, and has even been labeled a conspiracy theory to force ipod purchaser to upgrade to the more expensive (for the same capacity) ipod touch...I am not such a theorist, but find it very difficult to believe a patch can not programmed. Apple has been coming out with all sorts of new toys, but can't find a simple fix for this issue??? Verry frustrating.

    But I do love my ipod.
  • macknight Level 1 (0 points)
    Same Ipod, same problem...same frustration!!!
    Ryan....I'm afraid they're kidding us...
  • James Hubbell Level 1 (15 points)
    Chiming in with same concern ... i.e., where is some clarification about this issue? I have had 2 and 3 hour synch times recently. I'm afraid to update iTunes to 10.1.1 for 2 reasons - one of which is it seems the update to 10.1 is when my synch problems started. The other reason is negatives I read about the 10.1.1 update itself having problems that need to be worked out.

    I did read there is a Library/Logs/CrashReporter file, if the contents are dumped, synching speeds up. The only concern is this is from a 2007 MacRumors forum.

    It's almost like being paralyzed about doing anything because no one's been able to come up with any insight as to what's causing the extended synch time.
  • TopherLove Level 1 (0 points)
    I just got a new iPod Classic, and it won't sync to my iTunes. I was having trouble getting my old iPod shuffle to sync as well, but I thought it was just getting old. The new Classic went through the whole syncing process and then right at the end, my computer said that a file was missing, or something like that. I don't know what is going on, and it is super frustrating.