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Topic: iTunes (synch?) randomly deleted half my iPod's songs
|08-30-2010, 09:26 AM||
Join Date: Aug 2010
My iPod nano randomly had this problem just now.
I have always manually managed my music on my nano, I do it very carefully, and I've never had any problems with manually deleting or adding songs to it (which I like, since I have limited space, older nano, only 2GB). I connected my iPod to my Mac and discovered that about half of my 2GB's worth of songs had been deleted. The only thing I did prior to checking was delete one of two versions of a song I had just added.
Scanning through the songs that had been deleted, almost all the songs deleted were "older" ones (meaning I had added them a while ago), and all the songs I had just added recently were all on there. But then I found several of the newer ones were also deleted. If a song was added to the iPod within about 3-4 months before today, then it appears to be okay; everything else "older" than that is gone. But since some of the newer songs are gone too, it appears to be random.
Under my Options, I have checked: "Open iTunes when this iPod is connected" and "Manually manage music." Under the tabs for Music/Podcasts/etc., none of the Sync options are checked. I'm running the latest version of iTunes (9.2.1(4)). My format says Windows, I'm using this nano on a Mac, but I've never had this problem before.
Obviously it'll be a huge pain trying to remember the songs that got deleted, but I want to make sure this doesn't happen again. Thanks for any help.
EDIT: Okay, I thought it was random, but after checking/remembering, it seems like every song added up to a certain date was deleted, and every song added after that date is still there. Any idea what would cause that to happen? Synch problem? New version of iTunes clashing with songs added under an older version? Such a bizarre problem.
Last edited by joker101; 08-30-2010 at 09:51 AM. Reason: Updated the problem
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|08-30-2010, 11:47 AM||
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
Hi and welcome to iLounge.
In the Capacity bar that appears at the bottom of your iPod configuration screens in iTunes, are you seeing any significant amount of space on your iPod nano being used up by "Other" (orange) space? This may indicate that the songs themselves are still physically on the iPod nano but the iPod's index has become corrupted somehow so that it can no longer locate those specific songs.
Unless you've taken your iPod out of manual mode or manually deleted all of those older tracks while working in manual mode, there's really no reason that iTunes should be removing them on you -- this is certainly nothing I've ever encountered before. In manual mode, iTunes should pay absolutely no attention to the music and video content already on your iPod with the exception of those few categories like Podcasts that can still be synced automatically.
It is possible, however, for the iPod database to become corrupted for a variety of reasons that often have nothing to do with iTunes itself. The most common reason for this is disconnecting the iPod without ejecting it, before iTunes has finished writing information to the database, but it's also possible for other third-party software apps to interfere with the iPod as well, since it appears as an external hard drive to your operating system while it's connected.
If you're seeing a lot of "Other" content and the tracks are actually still there you can dig them out of the iPod_Control folder manually. See our article on