Apple TV won't stop syncing - but nothing to sync

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Felder71, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Felder71 macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2008
    So I got my Apple TV in the middle of January and this situation has occurred twice already. Let me explain:

    At some point, I will sync Apple TV to get the latest streaming playlists and it will not stop syncing. I have Custom Sync set up where I only sync photos and stream everything else. So my syncs typically take 10 seconds. But this time they will sync forever, if I'd let them. I've tried restarting iTunes, the iMac, and the Apple TV, but this doesn't appear to help. The only thing that fixes it is disconnecting the link between the iMac and Apple TV, and then linking them back together. Of course, I have to resync all of those photos again.

    Something that might be of interest is this typically happens to my iPod Touch at the same time, although I'd say it happens to my Touch more often. It gets into a state where it's stuck syncing infinitely and only restoring it up from a backup and resyncing everything will fix it. This will help for 2-3 weeks until it gets back into that state again.

    As a second side note, this occurred with my iPod back in iTunes 7 as well as now in 8.

    So it seems like it might be an iTunes temporary file for keeping track of the syncing or some plist maybe that is getting corrupted or something. But I'm not one to mess with these things if I don't have to. Any ideas what might be the issue? Many thanks to anyone that can help.
  2. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA
    Mine seems to be stuck forever syncing.

  3. Changepoint macrumors member


    Oct 15, 2008
    same here, ever since I went with the option to manually select what films and shows to sync. it just never stops.
  4. Rich1963 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2008
    Could be tied to something in the synch services routine. I had a similar problem, and Applecare had me delete a file that was linked to th sycn services app. Unfortunately, I can't recall at all what that was. Maybe a stop into the Apple store and talking to a genius would point you at least in the right direction.
  5. yotoad macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2008
    i have this same issue -- constantly syncing and i don't know how to stop it other than restarting the apple TV and seeing if that does anything -- any new knowledge out there?

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