Syncing Genius Data & safari private browing...

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by mnsportsgeek, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    My iPhone is syncing "genius data" and "safari private browsing data" every time I sync now... It's syncing 63 genius items every time I sync. Is this normal?
  2. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    anyone else have this? i'm just wondering if it's normal to be doing the same thing over and over again.
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this.
  4. macrumors newbie


    Jan 18, 2010
    Same here, though the number of genius items it syncs varies between 30 and over 100. I can't find an answer, though I didn't look very hard since it's barely adds any time when syncing over USB.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2011
    Same here. Same number of "Genius Data" every time I sync (think it 69 or so)
    confirm: it's exactly 69 items.
    is there any pref file or cache to delete, to that this annoying thing stops?
  6. macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    I have the same thing happen during a sync. The number of genius items varies for me too, averaging around 80.
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2010

    Same here, "syncing genius" and "safari private browsing data" show up in every sync.

    I'm guessing (no evidence, just super wild guess) it is a bug in itunes, but I suppose it could be on the iOS side as well. Either way, hopefully it will get fixed in a future update.
  8. macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2006
    Keep me posted on this topic

    Averaging 129...

  9. macrumors 68020

    Jul 11, 2008
  10. macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2010
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  11. macrumors 68020

    Jul 11, 2008
    i just got a mac book pro and i thought maybe it wouldn't do this anymore, but it still does it. doesn't take as long to do it, but it still does the updating/ genius files. and its always the same amount about 350. Also safari private browsing as well. Im thinking i should copy all my songs and playlists to my new mac book. restore the iPod touch and have it set up for the macbook from the beginning.

    anyone have this problem after restoring and/or using it on a macbook pro.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
    2797 Genius items?

    My sync takes forever. It reports it's syncing 2797 Genius items. The number grows every time I sync. WTF?
  13. macrumors member

    May 19, 2010
    Not that I see it as a major issue, but it is doing this with me too. I figure it's actually acting as designed... anyway my last sync at 1800+ genius items.

    Syncing private browsing seems really odd though. Isn't private browsing meant to be... private?
  14. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    i've had the problem after a restore. restored my macbook pro AND my iPhone 4... still no go.
  15. macrumors 68020

    Jul 11, 2008
    It still does this for me after I restored the iPod touch. I also get another bug though. It says updating 426 files. It's always same amount of files that are updated. I don't get why since nothing has changed in files to make them update!
  16. macrumors 68020

    Jul 11, 2008
    i just tried to change the files and convert them and see if then it would help, but it doesn't plus the files that are always saying updating are store bought. Also just so you guys know. i do manual sync, so i don't get why it does this. Its either iTunes or 5.0 bug never had this on 4.x on my iPod touch.
  17. macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    It's obviously not a bug, otherwise it wouldn't be reporting it each time. It's a feature, but no one quite knows what for.
  18. macrumors 68020

    Jul 11, 2008
    Why wouldn't it update all the songs and only certain ones. That makes no sense.
  19. macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2006
    Can someone please figure this out before I lose my marbles???

  20. macrumors 68020

    Jul 11, 2008
    It has to do with genius i think. I took it off and reloaded the songs and it seems fine!
  21. macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    Yea, this has got my attention too.

    Are they uploading the websites we visit to the iCloud? Or to Apple themselves so they can invade our privacy?

    I mean, everyone is up in arms about CarrierIQ stealing our data... what exactly is this "Safari Browsing Data" stuff all about? Sounds like the same thing.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2012
    Same Issue - syncing genius data

    I care not what or why this step is... but it is taking FOREVER. During my most recent sync, this step says it is syncing genius data on 1,627 items. I want to toss the computer through a window. Can someone please recommend how to speed this up or eliminate it? Thanks!
  23. macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2006
    Mine is always 138 items. I try to remember which songs they are, but they go by too fast. It's definitely The Smiths, The Rolling Stones and Wham.

    Maybe it's partial to British acts?

  24. macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2006
    Getting Warmer!!!

    To everyone having this problem, check your duplicates. (in the File drop down menu).

    It's got something to do with how Genius handles duplicates....

    Still investigating.


  25. macrumors 68020


    Sep 8, 2003
    You should be able to use "Store > Turn Off Genius" to turn Genius Playlists off in iTunes. I don't think you can turn off the Genius Playlists for iOS devices without also turning it off for iTunes.

    The syncing is data for Genius Playlists. If it is taking a long time, then there is probably a bug (or your library is much bigger than mine).

    The Safe Safari Browsing Data is actually a cache of Google's website blacklist. You can probably turn this off by going to "Settings > Safari > Enable Fraud Warning > Off" on the iOS device. But this will also turn off the blacklist which would warn you about sites that have known malware.

    As syncing changed quite a bit in 5.0, I would not be surprised if there were bugs with syncing this information down. If it has been happening to me, I haven't seen it since I let it sync over WiFi while I'm asleep.

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