Why My Click Wheel iPod classic Won’t Connect to iTunes

The hard drive-based iPod classic doesn’t use Apple Mobile Device USB Driver to connect with iTunes. If your iPod classic won’t connect to iTunes, follow below iPod guide to have a try.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 10, 2020

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Take a tour of this awarded software so that you can fix iPod classic won’t connect to iTunes, and other iPod errors like iPod error 1415 and iPod error 1430.

iPod classic is a drive-based MP3 player. Differing from other iPod models, this series doesn’t require Apple Mobile Device USB Driver to connect to your computer. So when you found somehow your iPod classic won’t connect to the iTunes, uninstalling and reinstalling iTunes probably cannot solve the problem. Below are some suggestions for you.

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Before Starting, Please Try below Troubleshooting Tips

  1. Please check if your USB cable is working properly. And it wouldn’t hurt to also try a different USB cable to rule out a faulty/damaged cable.
  2. Please check if you can find your iPod on Windows Explorer, like:
Connect iPod classic to iTunes

Connect iPod classic to iTunes

Reset Your iPod

Most problems with iPod will be solved by resetting it. To reset an iPod, you can:

  1. Connect iPod to a power outlet using the iPod Power Adapter;
  2. Toggle the Hold switch on and off (set it to Hold, then turn it off again);
  3. Press and hold the Select and Menu buttons for at least 6 seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

Putting iPod devices with a Click Wheel into Disk Mode

  1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off (set it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
  2. Press and hold the Menu and Select buttons for at least six seconds, until the Apple logo appears.
  3. When the Apple logo appears, release the Menu and Select buttons and immediately press and hold the Select and the Play/Pause buttons until the Disk Mode screen appears.
Click Wheel iPod classic Won't Connect to iTunes

Click Wheel iPod classic Won’t Connect to iTunes

4. Connect the iPod to your computer; the screen on the iPod will say “Do not disconnect”.

Click Wheel iPod classic Won't Connect to iTunes

Click Wheel iPod classic Won’t Connect to iTunes

If you are having difficulty putting your iPod into Disk Mode, set it on a flat surface. Make sure that the finger pressing the Select button is not touching the Click Wheel. Also make sure that you are pressing the Play/Pause button toward the outside of the Click Wheel and not near the center. If you are still unable to put your iPod into Disk Mode, use one finger from one hand to press the Select button, and one finger from the other hand to press the Play/Pause button.

Try to Repair iTunes to Fix iPod classic Won’t Connect to iTunes

If the above tips didn’t work for you, then you can try AnyFix – iOS system recovery to repair iTunes. It is designed to help iOS/iPadOS/tvOS/iTunes users to get out issues in minutes. With AnyFix, 130+ iOS/iPadOS/tvOS problems can be fixed, including device stuck issue, won’t restart/open, etc. Also, if you’re meeting iOS device won’t connect to iTunes, iPod error 1415, and other 200+ iTunes errors, use AnyFix anyway.

Now, follow the steps below to try to fix the iPod classic won’t connect to iTunes:

Step 1. Download AnyFix – iOS system recovery on your computer (Mac & Windows). Launch it and click iTunes Repair.

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Click iTunes Repair

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Step 2. Choose Other iTunes Error from the repair list below. And tap on Scan Now button.

Choose Other iTunes Errors and Scan Now

Choose Other iTunes Errors and Scan Now

Step 3. Next, the iTunes component error will be detected and listed below. Head to Fix Now to continue.

iTunes Component Errors will be Detected

iTunes Component Errors will be Detected

Step 4. Then, give AnyFix permission and the repairing process will begin immediately. Wait a minute and you will see a Repair Completed page. Open iTunes to check if the problem is resolved.

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The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to fix iPod classic (Click Wheel) won’t connect to iTunes. Try AnyFix – iOS system recovery to solve system problems of your Apple devices, and fix iTunes errors with ease. If you have any questions about the article, feel free to leave your comments below.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.