Discrepancy between number of songs on iPod

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by garya73, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. garya73 macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2013
    Delaware, USA
    I have an iPod Touch 5g. According to iTunes, it has either 6,000 or so songs on it or 9,000 songs on it (it varies after syncs, even though no music is transferred). If I go into settings on the iPod it has about 6,000 on it. I have almost 10,000 in my library. I have wiped and restored it and also unsynced and resynced the entire library. There are also songs that show up on the iPod, but if I double click on them in iTunes they show the circle with exclamation point next to them. They don't even show up at all in the music player on the iPod.

    I have done some research and it appears it's not an uncommon problem and it has been happening for a while on both iPods and iPhones. On one site someone suggested syncing by genre, but I don't even know how to group by genre to do that.

    All of my songs fit, I have iTunes downscaling them to 128kbps before transferring them to the iPod.

    I have looked at some software alternatives to iTunes but they all seem to limit transfers to 20 songs. I'm not going to pay $30+ for some software that I don't even know if it works or not.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    On the device/summary tab, click Music, and change the option from "Entire music library" to "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres" if you want to try that.
  3. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    when i see the exclamation point , what i do is i copy all the songs from itunes to a folder and then delete the catalog files and then re-add the music back into itunes. the exclamation point typically means that the actual song file is missing or is corrupt.

    you might have to redownload or re import all the songs with exclamation points.

    yeah i think you need to rebuild your iTunes library..
  4. garya73 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2013
    Delaware, USA
    Thanks. I was able to get that to work. It appears that my entire library is synced now, though I can't 100% confirm that because when I go into settings on the iPod it just says "loading" next to number of songs/space. But the song count on the iPod tab in iTunes is the same as the number of songs in my library.

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