Can't sync music from iTunes in iOS 8? Try this fix!
Since upgrading to iOS 8, many users have reported issues when it comes to syncing music with iTunes. For some reason, all their music is gone and no matter how many times they try and sync, no music ever gets transferred. Here's what worked for us!
Before continuing, you will want to make sure that you don't have iTunes Match enabled in Settings > Music. If you do, keep in mind that it will always override whatever you have hard synced from iTunes. Actually, iTunes won't even let you attempt to sync music if iTunes Match is turned on. If that's the case, simply disable iTunes Match and try syncing again with iTunes like normal.
If you don't have iTunes Match or already know it's disabled, continue on.
How to fix music syncing issues with iTunes and iOS 8
- Plug in your iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 or higher and launch iTunes.
- Select your iPhone from the dropdown menu.
- Select Music in the side navigation panel.
- Uncheck the box for Sync Music and then click Apply or Sync.
- Once the sync is complete, recheck the box for Sync Music and hit Apply or Sync again.
- Unplug your iPhone or iPad and see if your music is back.
For most folks, this fix seems to be doing the trick. It worked for me on my iPhone 6 Plus that didn't seem to want to sync any of my music from iTunes. So give it a try and let me know whether or not it works for you! And if you've found another way to fix iTunes syncing issues in iOS 8, be sure to let me know that too!
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My solution has been to upload all my music to Google Play, then download it back to my device (so I can play it without incurring data usage charges). This works and actually works nicely but not the solution I am looking for.
- Terrible experience with iOS 7 & 8 software.
- Most Apps, including Apple's own apps, keep crashing. I have delted and added some of them still very little improvement.
- On the virtual iOS keyboard, the normal state of the shift key is "dark". When you ress it it becomes "white" like other keys. It is so confusing
- I cannot sync my own PDFs to iBooks any more. Previously, one could sync on one device, and they would automatically be synced on other devices registered with same Apple ID. Now that functionality is limited to iBooks purchased from iTunes store. Same behavior seems to be happening with home movies.
Figured out what works for me, although tedious, it works!
1. select your iphone in iTunes
2. Under "on my device", select Music
3. On the menu bar, click File > Add Folder to Library
4. Now locate the music that will not sync and add the folders with the music.
5. Make sure you have your sync settings set to sync all music
6. Now sync your iphone.
If you don't want to sync all your music, then you will need to select the new music/artists under Settings > Music on you iPhone
Close iTunes 12
Open App Zapper (you do not need to purchase or register it)
Open App Zapper preferences and UNCHECK the box to protect Apple applications
Drag iTunes Application to the App Zapper window and zap away
Run software update and iTunes 12 will reinstall Apparently apple has released a fix for this issue but it does not "fix" until you uninstall and reinstall iTunes 12 As for the "other" issue with the space where iTunes basically thinks you have no music on your device and tries to sync it all twice. Well once you get iTunes fixed you can either make a backup of your phone or use an existing backup and just reset your phone. This all worked for me perfectly. Hope this helps.