I recently moved all of my music onto an external hard drive, but now when I plug in my iPod, it won't sync with iTunes. iTunes recognizes my iPod just fine, but no matter how many times I click the Sync button, they don't sync up. I've bought new songs in iTunes and they're not syncing to my iPod, made new playlists, etc. How can I get both of them to match up again? Why isn't it syncing? Can anyone help me out?
(I'm using iTunes 11 on Windows Vista, with an old style iPod)
If you did the move of your music to an external drive using iTunes, through the command in
iTunes menu bar -> File -> Library
iTunes keeps track of the new location for all of you song (and other media) files. As long as you can play those songs in iTunes, the move to the external drive should not be causing a syncing problem with the iPod.
Did you set up the Music tab for the iPod? Select the iPod in iTunes. Near the top of the iTunes window, there is a row of "tabs" (they look like buttons in the latest iTunes) that starts with Summary. Click on Music there. This tab is where you tell iTumes how to sync your music library to the iPod. Make sure Sync Music is checked. Below that, if your entire music library will fit on the iPod, you can select Entire music library; any change you make to your music library will sync to the iPod. Otherwise, you need to make a selection of songs based on Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres.
If you added new songs to the library, or created new playlists, they need to be included in the selection on the Music tab. If they are not part of the selection, they will not sync to the iPod no matter how many times you click the Sync button.
Once you have set up the Music tab, click Apply to sync the selection to the iPod. Going forward, any changes made in the music library that are related to the selection on the Music tab will sync automatically to the iPod, when it is connected or when you click the Sync button.