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: Oct. 15, 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

Basic Tips 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 the 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”.

Use iTunes Alternative to 1-Click Sync iPod Music

Except for the above basic tips, you can also try to sync iPod with iTunes alternatives like AnyTrans. It allows you to transfer an iPod with iTunes, even with iPhone/iPad/iPod/computer and vice versa, which can help you beyond iTunes. And here are its detailed 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.

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

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

1. Transfer iTunes to iPod

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

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

Choose Music and Tap Send to Device Button

Choose Music and Tap Send to Device Button

2. Move iPod Music to iTunes

Step 1. Go to AnyTrans homepage and choose Music under Device Manager.

Step 2. Tap Songs > Select the music you want to move > Click Send to iTunes button to sync.

Select the Music and Send to iTunes

Select the Music and Send to iTunes

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.

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

Use AnyFix to 1-click fix “iTunes won’t sync” problem

If you still cannot fix your iPod sync problem, you could have a try on the iTunes repair tool – AnyFix to fix it, no tech skills required, and no data loss. Below are the detailed steps, just follow them to fix your issue.

Step 1. Download AnyFix to your computer and install it. And make sure the iPod is connected to the computer.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. On the homepage, choose the iTunes Repair tool. And this panel will fix more than 200+ iTunes errors.

Fix iPod Songs Won't Sync with iTunes

Fix iPod Songs Won’t Sync with iTunes

Step 3. On this page, just select iTunes sync/CDB Errors and then click Fix Now to fix your sync issue.

Fix iTunes Sync Error

Fix iTunes Sync Error

Step 4.  AnyFix will analyze the iTunes components and go to get the cause of the issue. Just follow the screen and to repair it.

Analyze iTunes and Fix iPod Won't Sync with iTunes Issue

Analyze iTunes and Fix iPod Won’t Sync with iTunes Issue

Step 5. Finally, you will get a Success interface showing the repair finished.

iTunes Repair Completed

iTunes Repair Completed

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 iOS & Android related issues.