I too was having the same problem. I'm a dance instructor so having all my music in the right folders and on my iphone 4 is very important for me.
I've just sorted my problem out which i've been having over the past 2 weeks. This is my first ever post on here so please be genle with me if I have made a glaring error or if i'm chatting rubbish : ) I just updated my itunes to 10.5.1.42, re synced and it's now all there. Not sure if it was just a fluke or apple worked out a solution to the problem. The main thing is it is now working.
Not sure if it helps anyone but if it does then great : )
Thank you all for posting your comments and advice
I am also having trouble syncing music on my iPhone 3GS after having installed IOS 5.0.1
When I connect my iPhone to my Macbook Pro, iTunes opens up and starts to sync. However, instead of going through all the Steps one by one, it skips the music sync.
When I click on my Device on the left and click on music, everything new that should be sync'd (songs, albums, playlists) appear to be there, but they have a small sync symbol (rolling arrows) next to the normal 'correct' or ticked symbol.
Although they appear in iTunes under my Device, they do not appear on the phone itself.
I have just tried to sync my iPad2 and it works fine - music downloaded!
Hi, I posted a solution that worked for me on the previous page. Here it is again, let me know if it works for you:
I have been able to get all of my music to sync by doing this:
1. Go into your library and select all songs (click on one and CTRL+A on windows COMMAND+A on mac)
2. Right click anywhere on the selected songs and click "Convert ID3 Tags"
3. Select the first checkbox that says "ID3 Tag Version"
4. Select any of the options in the dropdown box next to it...I chose v1.0
5. Click ok
This may take a while depending on how much music you have
After doing that, all of my music syned fine.
I had the same issue but have done two things - (1) installed new version of iTunes to 10.5.1.42 (no idea what I had before, I don't update often) and (2) I deleted the affected songs from my library and the re-added them. I don't know if just the update to iTunes might work?
I'm using Windows 7 and iPhone 4S.
Hope that helps some people,
I'm on win7 with itunes 10.5.2.11 with an iphone 4s
I found a solution that is pretty simple after about 3 hours of what not to do... go to your playlist,select ALL and right click to UNCHECK MARK so that you do NOT sync those songs.
Go back to playlist, select ALL, right click to CHECKMARK ALL
Rinse and repeat for all playlists.
Nothing fancy but worked here. I'm sure there are reasons for it but not worth typing out. all that matters is that this works. what a PITA itunes is after their 10.5 update.
I noticed that if I added a song manually ('manually added songs' box - M.A.S. BOX) and later as a whole album with it, that song may be missing or problematic. Unticking it in M.A.S. BOX may solve it.
iTunes isn't user friendly very much as it wasn't invented, nor created by APPLE. Hence so many bugs n problems.
I had the same problem as everyone else here. Converting ID3 tags imporved the situation, as someone else noted, but didn't solve it entirely.
I found waterzombie solution of unchecking the songs in playlist, syncing, rechecking and resyncing (making sure you have "only sync checked songs" checked under the main info) solved the problem. No idea why, and it's odd that it worked, but it worked. Thanks waterzombie!
I've tried everything here and the only thing that works is to uncheck "Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC."
Before the latest iTunes update I was able to have all songs and playlists I wanted at 128 kbps, but now I'm stuck with the higher rate, which takes more space, a lot more.
I have tried all tips here, some more than once. It seems that some things will add a few more songs but every sync leads to different songs not being added. I don't know why.
I have had no issues now that I unchecked "Convert higher bit rate..."
My iPod nano has never had this problem. Only my iPhone4 and iPad2 fail to include all songs from playlists. And every sync is slightly different. I have one playlist with 118 tracks and I've seen anywhere from 74 to 108 tracks on it and it changes every sync.
But... the iPod nano (the one with the touch screen) has always worked correctly.
I'm having this same problem with a recently-purchased MacBook Pro, the iTunes up to date, and an iPhone 3GS.
1) Some playlists are fine, while other playlists are either empty or incomplete.
2) Album artwork is missing from my iPhone.
3) When I look at my iPhone's playlists through iTunes, everything is there.
After reading this thread, I checked the settings on "Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC." In my case, it wasn't selected. When I selected the option, more songs appeared in my playlists, but not all. So now, more of my playlists are complete, only three are empty, and about seven playlists are missing up to half of their tunes. At this point, if I want to even hope to hear some of these songs, I have to go through Artists, Shuffle, or Albums.
This isn't devastating, or anything. It's just kind of a pain. Have you (or anyone else) tried anything else since this thread was last active?