How to Fix iPod Won’t Sync with iTunes

This post aims at showing you why iPod won’t sync and how to fix iPod classic/nano/shuffle/touch not syncing issues. Do keep reading and get more details.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Mar. 10, 2020

My iPod won’t sync with iTunes anymore. Although I upgraded to the latest version of iTunes, I still can’t fix iPod not syncing problems on my Windows 10 PC. Why is my iPod not syncing with iTunes? Anyone can help me?

When syncing iPod with iTunes on your Mac or PC, you may go into a situation just like the above question described “iPod won’t sync”. And if you searched on Google, you may have found this issue happened not only on iPod touch, but also on some other iPod, such as iPod shuffle, nano and classic, and even an iPhone or iPad. In this post, we will show you several quick solutions to fix the iPod won’t sync issue. These tips applying to fix iPod shuffle/classic/nano won’t sync issues as well.

How to Fix iPod Won't Sync

How to Fix iPod Won’t Sync

Why iPod Not Syncing Normally

To fix the iPod won’t sync issue, you may search online for help. You’ll found this kind of iTunes sync problem can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Bad Wi-Fi connection.
  • USB cable or USB port problem.
  • Computer authorization and iCloud music conflicts.
  • Versions of iTunes or iPod operating system.

In this post, we give you some basic tips to fix iPod won’t sync problems

How to Fix: iPod touch/nano/shuffle/classic Won’t Sync

  1. Check USB and Wi-Fi connection and reconnect your iPod to the computer.
  2. Turn off iCloud Music Library (iTunes Match) on iPod touch and iTunes. For iPod touch: Settings > Music; for iTunes: Edit > Preferences > General.
  3. Turn off “Show Apple Music” on iPod touch and iTunes. iPod touch: Settings > Music; iTunes: Edit > Preferences > General.
  4. Restart your iPod, iTunes, and computer.
  5. Re-Authorize iTunes on the computer by going to iTunes > Store.
  6. Update iOS and iTunes to the latest version.
  7. Run iTunes in Administrative mode in Windows.
  8. Uncheck “Read Only” and change permissions of the files you want to sync by right-clicking the files > Properties > Uncheck “Read Only”.
  9. Sync your iPod with some iTunes alternative. If you have tried all methods above but none of them work, then an excellent iTunes alternative like AnyTrans for iOS is what you need. AnyTrans can help you sync music from iTunes to iPod, and from iPod to iTunes. Here are its functions on sync songs:

AnyTrans – iPod Music Management

  • Sync music between iTunes and iPod in 1 click.
  • Unlike iTunes, it syncs music without replacing any data on iPod.
  • Super fast transferring speed, saves a lot of your time.
  • Transfer music from iPod to computer, even to another iDevice directly, which iTunes can’t.

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Free Download100% Clean & Safe

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Now, you can get AnyTrans for iOS installed on the computer firstly, then follow the steps to sync songs between iPod and iTunes.

Step 1. Run AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your iPod to the computer via a USB cable > Choose “iTunes Library” mode in AnyTrans screen.

Click iTunes Library Tab in AnyTrans for iOS - Step 1

Click iTunes Library Tab in AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

Step 2. AnyTrans would show you all music in iTunes library. Select the music you want to sync > Click on the “To Device” tab, music would soon be transferred to your iPod.

Sync Music to iPod in AnyTrans for iOS - Step 2

Sync Music to iPod in AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

AnyTrans can help you more, for example, transferring music from iPod to iTunes, adding music from computer to iPod, transferring music from iPod to computer or another device. For detailed steps, please refer to:

How to Transfer Music from iPod to iTunes >

How to Add Music from Computer to iPod >

How to Transfer Music from iPod to Computer >

How to Transfer Music from iPod to Another iDevice >

Detailed Steps in AnyTrans for iOS

Detailed Steps in AnyTrans for iOS

AnyTrans is developed by an Apple-trusted developer and it is now Norton and McAfee secured. We could guarantee that AnyTrans does no harm to your devices and situations like data loss and information leakage would never occur. Please be free to use AnyTrans.

The Bottom Line

You may have some other methods to fix your iPod won’t sync problem, or you haven’t solved this iTunes sync issue after following all tips above. Whatever, you are welcomed to comment, share and discuss your idea on this post.

Joy Taylor

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