Fix Some Songs Won’t Sync to iPhone/iPad/iPod

Find iTunes not syncing all music to iPhone, iPad, or iPod? This article will show you some quick solutions to fix the some songs not syncing to iPhone problem easily.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 10, 2020
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Question 1: I have had the iPhone 11 Pro for some time now, but I am frustrated with the fact that I can’t sync music to my iPhone. It’s almost as if anything I purchased prior to getting the iPhone 6s would not sync. I have tried syncing music, removing everything, restoring, but my iPhone will not show up in iTunes. Why is my music library not syncing?

Question 2: iTunes syncs fine with my iPod with no issue. No matter what I try about 200 of the 500 songs I am trying to sync are actually on my iPhone, yet all of them are on the iPod just fine. To the point, I bought two of them a second time. Why some songs won’t sync to the iPhone?

Although we just list two examples of some songs that won’t sync to iPhone or iPod, it also happened on the iPad and iPod. After all, if you are puzzled by this problem – iTunes won’t sync music to iPhone, iPad, or iPod, you can try to fix it with the following solutions.

Update iTunes and Sync Again

  1. Install the latest version of iTunes on your computer. Sometimes the iTunes issue is just because your iTunes does not update to the latest version.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
  4. Click on the iDevice icon when it appears.
  5. Choose the “Music” tab, then check the “Sync Music” box.
  6. Make sure that the option “Entire music library” is selected.
  7. Click on the “Apply” button to start syncing songs, playlists, etc. to your iOS device.
Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone

Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone

Check the Folder Location of Songs in iTunes library

Double-check if the songs on your iTunes library have the same folder location as before. Sometimes iTunes does not indicate which songs it cannot find until you select them. Songs in your library that iTunes can’t locate, won’t be synced to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Fix iTunes Won’t Sync Music Error with Ease

If the above methods didn’t fix iTunes won’t sync with iPhone, then you can try a software named AnyFix – iOS System Recovery. It is designed to fix various iOS/iPadOS/tvOS/iTunes issues in minutes, and bring your Apple devices back to normal without data loss. With AnyFix, you can fix 200+ iTunes errors easily. Also, it supports fixing over 130 system issues (iPhone 12 & iOS 14 are supported). The four main errors are listed below:

  • iTunes sync/CDB errors, including iTunes won’t sync with iPhone, iTunes CDB files damaged, and others.
  • iTunes installation/download/update errors, including Apple mobile device service missing, iPhone won’t update on iTunes, etc.
  • iTunes connection/backup/restore errors, including iTunes won’t recognize iPhone, iPad disabled cannot connect to iTunes, etc.
  • Other 100+ iTunes errors.

Now, you can follow the step-by-step guide to fix songs won’t sync to iPhone/iPad/iPod:

Step 1.  Download AnyFix on your computer. Install and then launch it. Tap on iTunes Repair from the homepage.

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Tap on iTunes Repair from Homepage

Tap on iTunes Repair from Homepage

Step 2. Choose iTunes Sync/CDB Errors and continue.

Choose iTunes Sync / CDB Errors

Choose iTunes Sync/CDB Error

Step 3. Connect your iPhone to the computer.

Connect your iPhone via USB Cable

Connect your iPhone via USB Cable

Step 4. The repairing process will begin. Wait a moment and you will see Repair Completed page.

AnyFix is Repairing iTunes Sync/CDB Errors

AnyFix is Repairing iTunes Sync/CDB Errors

Make Sure Entire Music Library Is Selected

When syncing music to iPhone, iPad, iPod with iTunes, go to the Music tab – is the “Entire music library” selected? If not, go to Music (in your iTunes library), click on the checkmark next to the “Name” column header (to sort by checked music), and scroll to the bottom, or any unchecked music won’t sync.

Turn Off iCloud Music Library on iPhone

If iTunes says “iCloud Music Library is On”, just go to Settings on your iPhone > Settings > Music > turn off the “iCloud Music Library” off. To do so, from the iPhone screen, navigate to  and place the switch to the Off position, next reconnect the iPhone with iTunes.

Turn off "iCloud Music Library" on iPhone

Turn off “iCloud Music Library” on iPhone

Sync iTunes Music to iPhone with an iTunes Alternative

Apart from syncing devices, iTunes is also overhauled with iTunes Store, Media Player functions. That’s why iTunes get everything well-organized. However, iTunes might not be the only choice when users want to sync media files (like Music, Apps, iBooks, etc.), as users may meet many kinds of iTunes problems, such as:

  • iTunes synced songs are greyed out, and can’t be played.
  • When syncing iTunes music, it will remind you “Are you sure you want to remove existing music, movies, TV shows, books, and tones from this iPhone/iPad/iPod and sync with this iTunes library?”. iTunes will replace the existing files on your device while syncing music to iPhone.
  • iTunes fails to recognize your device when you connect your iPhone to your computer. And it pops up a message saying “iTunes could not connect to this iPhone. You do have permission”.
  • Or just like the problem mentioned in this article, songs on iTunes won’t manually sync to iPhone, iPad, iPod.

No matter which situation above you have stuck on, you can transfer music from iTunes to iPhone by using iTunes alternative – AnyTrans. It offers you a smart way to transfer iTunes music to iPhone, iPad, iPod. Now follow the steps to find out how to transfer iTunes music to iOS devices with a few clicks.

Step 1. Get AnyTrans installed on the computer, run it, and connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer > Click on the left-side menu, choose iTunes Library.

Choose iTunes Library

Choose iTunes Library

Step 2. All the music in your iTunes will be listed on the panel> Select the songs that can’t sync to iPhone/iPad/iPod > Click To Device button to transfer music from iTunes Library to iPhone/iPad/iPod again.

To Device

To Device

Step 3. After the process completes, you can check whether your iTunes library music has all synced on your iPhone.

Bonus Tip. How to Transfer Music from iPhone, iPad, iPod to iTunes

As iPhone 12 is coming soon, to sync music from your new iPhone, iPad or iPod to iTunes, you have two options to do the job: Using iTunes and iPhone music transfer tool. But iTunes only supports transferring the purchased music from your iPhone. Here’s how you can sync music from your iPhone to iTunes:

  1. Update iTunes to its latest version on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable.
  3. Choose “File” at the upper-left corner of iTunes screen > “Devices”.
  4. Click on the “Transfer Purchases From [your iPhone name]”.

After the process completes, your purchased music should be saved in iTunes. If you would prefer to transfer your non-purchased songs, refer to this guide to get more details: How to Transfer Music from an iPhone to iTunes >

The Bottom Line

As you can see, it is not hard to fix the “iTunes not syncing all songs to iPhone/iPad/iPod” issue with the assistance of AnyFix. We have helped millions of iTunes users to get it back. It can repair more than 200 iTunes errors with a few clicks. It is worth trying AnyFix.

Whats’ more, as an iTunes alternative, not only does AnyTrans does well in syncing your iTunes library to your iPhone but also does well in managing iOS contents, such as music, photos, videos, contacts, messages, and other iPhone data on your computer. If you are tired of iTunes, this is the best time to manage your iOS content with AnyTrans!

AnyTrans – iTunes Music to iPhone

  • Unlike iTunes, it syncs both purchased and non-purchased songs.
  • Sync music to iPhone without replacing any existed data on iPhone.
  • Support transferring music from iPhone to iTunes or computer as well.
  • Selectively sync files from computer to iPhone, like photos, videos, etc.

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