Why won't my ipod nano sync playlists?

My ipod no longer sync playlists from itunes. I have the second generation ipod nano and people always tell me to click restore or refresh but the thing is that is nowhere on the screen. All the songs fit into my ipod but it won’t go in there. Everytime I try to update it, it says “ipod could not be updated because all playlists selected no longer exist”.

Answer #1

Omg!!! wilililili thank u!!! soo much I’ve been trying to sync my ipod for hours now thanks!!!

Answer #2

ok when your ipod is connected underneath your ipod is music click and go to your right AND CLCK AUTFILL AND OK

Answer #3


Glad I came across your directions. My daughters and my own ipod stopped syncing over a month ago and it has driven both of us crazy. I have searced and played around with our ipods, itunes and just couldnt get it figured out. Thank you so much!

Answer #4

when I sync my 3rd gen nano, it says ipod sync is complete… all the playlists that I want are checked and there are songs in them. they play on itunes but when I sync my ipod, it says complete but when I take it off, theres nothing in it. haalllppp btw, I can sync movies and podcasts but no songs. whatever I do

Answer #5

Wilililili you are a genius. I have been trying everything and looking for answers all over the internet. This fix worked.

Answer #6

wow - when did the playlist checking thing start? Never had to do that before! The thing is, I don’t want to check “all” because my whole library won’t fit on my ipod at once. If I just mclick on some playlists, the rest of my music that I checked in the library doesn’t make it onto the ipod. AARRRGH! It won’t let me select some playlists AND additional songs, but not all.

Answer #7

my ipod doesnt have the name on the side… not even when I plug it in!!! its getting me mad!!!

Answer #8

Mine Still Won’t Work…Where’s The Music Tab? The Ipod Is Charging…It Use To Sync Automatically..But Now It Won’t??

Answer #9

Hi crazyboy92,

Are the playlists still on your computer? (This is the obvious question). If the songs have been moved on your computer or off of your computer, they’d need to be put back on and into iTunes.

If your songs are stored locally but the iPod is still not syncing, check to see if you have “manually manage your own music” checked. If you do, it won’t sync automatically, so make sure it’s unchecked.

If that doesn’t work, try turning on the “Enable Disk Use” option in the preferences. If syncing still doesn’t work, try ejecting (from within iTunes, not the Windows System Tray) and connecting again. If that still doesn’t work, try enabling manual updating of songs, creating a playlist, and dragging it onto the ipod icon in iTunes.

I hope that helps. Let me know if it doesn’t.

Answer #10

I had the same problem, and I just solved it three seconds ago. I had a first gen. nano and my iTunes said the exact same as yours did. Here’s what to do:

  1. On the left menu bar in iTunes, go to your iPod (the thing will be called whatever you named your iPod)

  2. Near the top of the screen, there will be tabs. Click on the second one that says “Music”.

  3. Now, make sure “Sync Music” is checked and directly below it, make sure that “All Songs and Playlists” is checked and NOT “Selected Playlists”. Your iPod, if connected, should start downloading immediately.

Have fun.

Answer #11

If you are using automatic syncing, you may need to set up the iPod’s Music tab in iTunes.

Select the iPod in iTunes. There is a row of “tabs” (starting with Summary). Click on Music there. This is the Music tab, where you tell iTunes how to sync the iPod with songs. Sync Music is checkmarked for automatic syncing.

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