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Ask the iTunes Guy: Organizing media files, mixed genre smart playlists, and too-long syncs

Kirk McElhearn | April 7, 2014
You can do a lot with smart playlists in iTunes, and sometimes the questions I get from readers make me discover ideas that I had never thought of. In this week's column, I show you how to create a smart playlist with a certain percentage of songs from different genres. I also talk about organizing iTunes media files, slow syncing of iOS devices, and how to find a lost password for an Apple ID.

I think that, first, there are a lot of flaws in iOS device syncing (as many readers have shared similar problems with me). But I also believe that some sort of database file on iOS devices can get corrupted if you interrupt syncs before they've finished. I restored my iPhone a few weeks ago and I now make sure to always let the sync finish before unplugging it. In the past I would sometimes click the X icon in the iTunes LCD to stop syncs, and I suspect that caused some corruption.

I suggest you restore the iPod touch, then sync all your music, and try to make sure to never stop the sync when it's in progress. It will still take a while--it will never be as fast as syncing an iPod classic--but this may prevent the very long syncs you've been experiencing.


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