ITunes Does Not Detect My iPOD .. Please Help! – Solution

How to fix the ‘iPod fails to be detected by iTunes’ Problem

iPod often complain that their PC/laptop fail to detect their iPod after they plug it in. Typically, this problem shows after around a year of usage and people conjecture that it is perhaps normal wear-and-tear. However, there might be several reasons as to why your iTunes/iPod Updater is failing to detect your iPod. What’s more – most of these reasons have nothing to do with normal wear-and-tear – and are solved easily. Some ways of solving this problem listed below.

  1. Your iPod might be connected via a low-power USB port. Such ports are not equipped to handle iPods, which require a USB 2.0 port that has to be high-power and/or a Firewire port.
  2. A simple cause might be that your iPod is locked. You can unlock it by resetting it. the method to do this depends on the type of iPod you own. For the iPod Mini or the latest, fourth generation iPod, hold down the Play and Select buttons together for about six seconds. For an older generation iPod, hold down the Menu and Play buttons.
  3. In case you use a Mac, try rebooting with the Shift key pressed down so that startup items are disabled. If your iPod is detected after this, then it needs restoring.
  4. Also, the problem might arise if you are using your iPod on a sequence of Firewire devices. [An iPod needs just about as much power a single Firewire port can provide. When you use a sequence of such devices, the iPod may not be getting enough power to start up.]
  5. Lastly, if none of the above methods work, try resetting it (explained in Method 3 above) and then force it to mount in the Disk mode. To do this you have to hold the Next and Previous buttons of the older iPods [or the Select and Play buttons in case of the fourth generation iPod or the Mini].If this works then it means that you have to restore your iPod.

How Can I Delete Music Only From iTunes and Not From iPod

Deleting Music from iTunes and not deleting them from the iPod

Are you looking for a way to delete music only from itunes, but not from your iPod? Many might think that this is a very tough process, but that’s not true!

Many iPod users face the problem that when they delete a song from the iTunes library, the song automatically gets deleted from the iPod. This is a big problem as the large memories of the iPods in the market nowadays make them ideal to double as storage devices – and hence there are many amongst us who would like to clear up some music from our PC’s memory and store the music only on the iPod.

This problem arises primarily because Apple iTunes has a default mode that synchronizes the libraries of the iPod and iTunes – and always maintains it that way. The solution to this problem is quite simple. Depending on whether the songs you want to store on the iPod are/are not on iTunes, you can do either of the following.

Case 1. The songs are in iPod as well as in iTunes

  1. Plug in your iPod and open the iTunes library.
  2. To the left, you will find the Source tab, where you will notice the iPod icon. Click on it.
  3. In the dialog that pops up (this is particularly in iTunes 7), go to the Summary tab and select the Manually manage music and videos option.
  4. In case you are using iTunes 6, go to the iPod tab in Edit -> Preferences. There you will find a similar option as in Step 4 above – select the check box next to it.

Case 2. The songs are in iPod but not in iTunes (and you want to keep it that way!)

  1. Hold the Shift+Ctrl keys and plug in your iPod.
  2. In case iTunes does not start automatically, keep pressing the Shift+Ctrl keys and open iTunes.
  3. Wait till iPod shows up in the Devices branch in the Source tab to the left.
  4. Repeat Steps 2-3 of above and you’re done.