160gig iPod classic not "seeing" my music

Discussion in 'iPod' started by MusicMan127, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. MusicMan127 macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2010
    So, I'm sure this has been asked a million times, but I just wasn't sure how to phrase my problems in the search.

    My iPod has been working great for months. Suddenly, when I plug my iPod in, I get an error message saying "iTunes cannot read the contents of the ipod. Go to the summary tab in the iPod preferences and click resotre to return the iPod to factory settings".

    I clicked "get info" on the iPod icon on my desktop and it says 79 gigs free. So I know my music is on there. I turned on my option to view hidden files as well and I can see the music. So, my question is a two parter:

    1) Anyone know why this happened?
    2) Is there ANY way I can rectify this simply and without having to put the hidden files on my ipod? Renaming everything from those four-letter extensions is such a pain in the ass.

    Thanks for reading!

  2. Labaguette macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2010
    Good ol' Germany
    at least renaming these files is not a problem - if you let iTunes organize your music library and copy to your Music Folder, just drag these 4-letter files to itunes and they will be perfectly renamed afterwards.

  3. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    I'll leave it to others to suggest solutions, as there are many. But I will hazard a guess as to the cause.

    When an iPod is connected, iTunes attempts to read the iPod's Library file, a somewhat altered version of the XML-based one found in iTunes itself, in order to establish a sync and/or update playlist counts and the like. If the iPod's Library file is corrupted or otherwise unreadable, iTunes will respond with the message you see. My guess is that if you performed a manual reset on the iPod itself, you suddenly wouldn't be able to play your music from the iPod either, as the iPod would not be able to read its own Library file into memory, even though the music is still there.

    This has happened to me before with my nano. It wasn't that big of a deal for me, as I sync music automatically by Smart Playlists, but I can imagine the bigger problem for those who manually manage their media.
  4. MusicMan127 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2010
    ok cool,

    So...either of you know how to easily remedy the problem without having to put the hidden files back in iTunes (my ipod is bigger than my comp and it would kind of be a pain)?


  5. The Wise One macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2010
    Hope I helped

    Well since u hav tried restoring it then theres no point in suggesting tht, well... have u tried syncing it again if that didnt work then i would go and see an apple professional!!
    This was probably cause by an error in the microchip in ur iPod, maybe it mistakened ur music for a hidden/ personal file!!
    But Very unusual cos it doesnt happen very often

    The Wise One x:apple:

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