View Full Version : Certain playlists don't show up to be synced

Nov 12, 2009, 08:45 AM
No idea how or why this is happening, but lately a couple of my important playlists aren't appearing in the Music tab to be synced when I plug in my iPhone. Both are smart playlists and are just non existent to be checked off (I manually manage music). Has anyone experienced this? What's the deal?

Nov 12, 2009, 09:58 AM
I've been experiencing the same thing with my iPod. For a while, I thought I had it figured it. It seemed like if a playlist had a criteria that referenced a playlist that wasn't also being synced to the iPod (i.e. "Playlist is not 'Exclusion'"), then the new one wouldn't be available to be synced either. Once I adjusted the playlists to not have that criteria, my playlists showed up fine. But now I'm having the same problem with some new playlists, and I can't explain why.

Anybody else?

Jan 6, 2010, 08:38 AM
Thanks a lot for this post. I couldnt figure it out until I removed some exclusions. Not sure why certain rules would foobar the system, but whatever. Happy now!

Jan 23, 2010, 08:18 AM
I have found that if you select "New Smart Playlist" and create a playlist from scratch then it seems to sync ok.

I have about 40 smart playlists - most of these were created by the "Duplicate" option as they are the same principle (highest rated songs by certain artist) - just different per artist.

These "duplicated" playlists will NOT sync or even appear as selectable in the iPod sync window.


Jan 24, 2010, 03:32 PM
No luck here. I have a playlist called iPod that contains all the music I want on my iPod. I have a few lists built where "Playlist = iPod" that have some BPM restrictions (great for doing workouts of a certain rhythm.) But these don't work, even if I create them from scratch. They just don't show up in the list. :(

Jan 25, 2010, 11:38 AM
I've managed to solve the problem on my end. Take a look at your playlists and see if there's any criteria that could be seen as overlapping.

For instance..."Media Kind is Music" and "Media Kind is not Podcast"

Since you've already set "Media Kind is Music," you don't need to tell it to also exclude Podcasts or Audiobooks or Music videos, etc.

For some reason, iTunes now sees this as a contradiction and won't allow you to sync this to your iPhone/iPod without removing one of them.

It doesn't make sense logically, but it works with iTunes logic. So check it out and see if you have overlapping criteria like that.

Jan 25, 2010, 01:27 PM
But these don't work, even if I create them from scratch.
I finally got it to work. The problem was that I needed to start the original playlist that I was basing my smart playlist off of from scratch, and not just starting the smart list from scratch. I wonder if something was corrupt in that regular playlist that made things not work.

Sep 11, 2011, 10:35 AM
I found the easiest way to deal with the problem was to select the Playlist and drag it up to the Device (in this case myIPOD). Of course - first my iPOD would have to be connected to the PC and iTunes open.