14 Replies Latest reply: Sep 11, 2014 7:44 AM by act before you think
Palikaris Level 1 Level 1

Hi everyone,


I recently updated to Mountain Lion and I tried to sync via iTunes with my iPod Touch 2G (it still works good! lol) and I tried to sync my Notes from my iMac with my iPod touch... and it doesn't work... I don't have iCloud and I'm not interested in it at the moment, but I just want to sync my Notes as I did with Lion.


Anyone else having this problem? Anyway to fix it?



  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10

    I have not seen that problem on this forum. However, look at the previous discussions on the right side of this page under the heading "More Like This" with your same problem.

  • Palikaris Level 1 Level 1

    Ok thank you.

  • raw Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem. It seems like syncing Notes in iTunes is no longer supported by Apple.


    Here's the important bit from the iOS support page:

    "Syncing Notes with iTunes and OS X Mountain Lion v10.8

    You can sync with the Notes app using IMAP or iCloud. Syncing Notes using iTunes is no longer supported on OS X v10.8 and later."



    Here's the link:



    Looks like we'll have to find an alternative ;-)

  • GuyDeMont Level 1 Level 1

    Hi, I have the same problem- Ipod touch 2nd generation which works great but after upgrading to mountain lion, I no loger have access to my contacts, agenda or my notes (on my Ipod touch).  I spoke to tech at Apple support center and even after 4 different attempts it lappears like we cannot sync anything on ipod touch 2nd generation. I like Apple but find it quite disappointing Apple renders perfectly working devices obsolete like that...

  • Palikaris Level 1 Level 1

    >>"I like Apple but find it quite disappointing Apple renders perfectly working devices obsolete like that..."



    I completely agree with you GuyDeMont!

    I know there are a lot of other people that have the same problem... For some reason Apple are "forcing" a change without any options...

    I still would like to be able to sync via iTunes WITHOUT iCloud!


    Apple, please fix this!

  • Doug Jackson Level 1 Level 1

    I am trying to sync my calendar.  It doesn't.  I'm wondering if ipod touch 2G will no longer sync with a Mac running Mountain Lion?

  • Frank3457 Level 1 Level 1

    Mountain Lion: Notes-Sync only possible with iCloud. Apple took away to sync Notes offline via itunes. But many people don't want to post there notes to iCloud. There is a Online-Petition:


    Apple bring back the offline sync for ios


    http://www.change.org/de/Petitionen/apple-bring-the-100-offline-sync-for-ios-bac k#

  • Palikaris Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the link, I think it's a great idea! However, I wasn't sure how to use that link because it's in German (I believe), so I just sent that directly to Apple.


    We should have the option of syncing via iCloud AND/or via iTunes (like before)!


    Apple please bring that option back!

  • Mitja Level 1 Level 1

    Likewise. For any sensitive information in Notes, the best solution is to sync locally through iTunes.


    Unfortunately, at the moment "Syncing Notes using iTunes is no longer supported on OS X v10.8 and later" according to:



    Is there any simple 3rd party Notes-like application that would sync through iTunes plain text messages between iOS 6.x devices and Mac OS X 10.8.x systems?

  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10

    EverNote works on PCs. Macs, and PCs.


  • Mitja Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you lllaass,


    I looked at EverNote, but it  seems like it syncs through an internet connection, i.e. not locally, which is the main issue outlined in this discussion. Or does EverNote support the local synchronization (e.g. by using iTunes, USB, etc.) of plain-text notes, without using an internet connection, as well?

  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10

    Evernote uses wifi syncing

  • Mitja Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you - I've tried downloading Evernote on both laptop and phone.


    However, it seems it won't even allow to start writing a single note before an online account is created.

    Looking further on Evernote's web page, it states:


    "All of your notes (unless stored in a local -- that is, not synchronized -- notebook) are synchronized to Evernote Web. Evernote's servers house a copy of all synced notes because all of the Evernote client applications, both mobile and desktop, connect to Evernote on the web to get the latest version of the notes for each user."


    So it seems like Evernote can not locally synchronize plain-text notes. Evernote's notes are either local (and thus not synchronized) or stored on Evernote's servers for synchronization. That's not what people are asking though.


    Before upgrading to Mountain Lion, iOS devices and Mac devices allowed local, USB-based synchronization of plain text notes: simple and, most importantly, safe.


    Is there any simple 3rd party Notes-like application that would sync plain text messages between iOS 6.x devices and Mac OS X 10.8.x systems, through iTunes, i.e. *locally*, either through USB or wirelessly,  *without* having to connect to remote storage / web-based / cloud-based / internet-based servers, etc?



  • act before you think Level 1 Level 1

    There is only one reason Apple would remove such basic functionality, forcing it's users to online servers. They must satisfy a government order to make our data available.


    http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/04/apple-holds-the-master-key-when-it-comes-to -icloud-security-privacy/

    Google for: icloud apple master decryption key

    Also Google for: icloud hacked


    My whole business infrastructure is built around Apple products and they pulled the carpet from under me. I also keep personal information in Notes which is now broken. iCloud is insecure.


    Apple customers, it's time to send a clear signal for future Apple products. First, we must get our local iTunes syncing back for Notes.


    The movie on Netflix: "Terms and Conditions May Apply", scared the crap out of me, and I am as pro-government as you get!  It is evident governments are putting in place the technological infrastructure to reverse privacy and freedom at the click of a button. At least, most peoples of the world still have control of their government. Yearly donation limits and transparency helps us in my country even if we are building an NSA-style surveillance state. I trust my leaders to use it properly but this must be closely monitored.


    You know what scares me the most? My reply will probably get me on a government watch-list. This *****!