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2.0 out of 5 stars Problems with Freezing when syncing with iTunes 9, 13 Dec 2009
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Ok i recieved my ipod classic 160Gb a few days back. Great product (honestly this isn't sarcastic) but if you intend to have it regularly synced with your PC or Mac WATCH OUT as it constantly hangs. Do a google search on 160gb Classic ipod freezes. One such freeze caused the ipod itself to malfunction requiring a hard reset. Well the ipod is now now full and sitting wrapped under the christmas tree, i guess time will tell if it's a dud. Also the drive spin up and read sounds awful...i have hardrives over 10yrs old that make less noise....so god knows how long before BAD SECTORS and eventual loss of all data ? Oh and to top it 160Gb ERRR NO 148Gb ... iknow were all used to losing some hardrive space due to OS and formating BUT 12Gb windows XP takes up less space and she's no skinny bird !
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2010 22:59:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2010 23:11:16 GMT
Does this work? "I have found a temp. workaround while messing around with iTunes tonight.

The solution is simple, disable viewing album artwork in iTunes.

* Connect your iPod
* Open iTunes
* Press Ctrl + G, or click View - Hide Album Art

While its not going to solve the sluggish transfers or addition of album art it will stop the complete freezing of iTunes every few minutes."

Also:

I got my new iPod Classic 160GB three days ago and also have been having the same freezing on sync problems as every one is describing repeatedly each time I have tried to sync my 50GB iTunes music library from my G5. However, this evening I found a very useful article on this problem on the Gizmo Report which has solved the problem http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9775240-7.html
Very simple and obvious solution - just uncheck the "Enable disk use" box on the Summary page of your iPod Classic in ITunes and it syncs faultlessly without freezing - the benefit is that it also syncs much faster!
This cures the problem that causes the freeze - iTunes and Mac OS are conflicting each other in telling the iPod to unmount.
Good to have the problem solved - someone should tell Apple help!

Also: I had the same problem, iTunes freezing after 8-9 seconds of play and just overall being laggy when Ipod Classic was connected. I myself have a 80GB.

Heres a temp Solution

The fix is simply changing the Drive Letter Assignment for your IPOD.

So to Reassign/change the drive letter your IPOD is currently using follow these instructions (http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/506/vista_xp_reassign_change_drive_letters)

Basically go to

Control Panel > Switch to Classic Mode > Go to Administrative Options > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management > Right Click your IPOD > Click "Change Drive Letter/Path" > Then choose the Letter from the Drop Down Menu.

I chose "I" for IPOD and I never use more than 4 USB ports. If you have many Partitions or USB ports being used by storage devices you might have to go for a "higher" letter such as "X".

After this is complete, just eject your IPOD from itunes, and close itunes, and reconnect your IPOD. I did this in conjunction with Authorizing my computer as told above, but the Authorization didn't do anything for stopping the freezing.

The Reason

Windows is unfortunately messing the way the IPod syncs with your computer because of the drive letter assignment. Many of you use your USB ports with USB keys and External Hard drives, and these are essentially the things that are hindering the syncing of the IPOD because windows is mixing the External Hard drive and IPOD up.

CREDIT TO Scott549 toomanyipods

Also:

Well, i've had the same problems as most of you, and although it hasn't undergone much testing, i believe i have a temporary solution.

When i connect my 160G Classic to my computer, I open iTunes and then after waiting the two to three minutes for my ipod to show up in itunes, i push control+alt+delete and go to the processes tab and end the process IpodServices.exe

Then it seems my ipod works normally, i.e. no long freezing periods every time i click on something. You can't end the IpodServices.exe process before iTunes recognizes your ipod or else it won't recognize it. The downside to this, and the reason it's only a temporary solution, is that you must do this every time you connect your ipod to the computer. But hey, waiting while the computer is frozen one time is better than every time you click on something, right?
Well, i've had the same problems as most of you, and although it hasn't undergone much testing, i believe i have a temporary solution.

When i connect my 160G Classic to my computer, I open iTunes and then after waiting the two to three minutes for my ipod to show up in itunes, i push control+alt+delete and go to the processes tab and end the process IpodServices.exe

Then it seems my ipod works normally, i.e. no long freezing periods every time i click on something. You can't end the IpodServices.exe process before iTunes recognizes your ipod or else it won't recognize it. The downside to this, and the reason it's only a temporary solution, is that you must do this every time you connect your ipod to the computer. But hey, waiting while the computer is frozen one time is better than every time you click on something, right?

Posted on 4 Apr 2010 09:16:04 BDT
Quick comment on your "loss" of space. You really haven't lost any space and here's why I say that.

The computer works in binary arithmetic. So, 1000 bytes is represented by 1 kB but the nearest to this in binary is 2^10 = 1024 bytes or 1KB. The "difference" is 2.4%, but it's not a real difference is just a different way of representing the same number.

When you scale up to gigabytes your 1 kB space is multiplied by 1,000,000, so 160 gB = 160,000,000,000 and this is what you have. However, because your iPod (and your computer) measures in binary this will show up as about 7.5% less, i.e. 148 GB.

On my Mac the same thing happens but some applications show the space in GB and the full amount in decimal (or denary).

Here's a simple rule of thumb. If you have an "x" gigabyte drive expect the computer to show x gigabytes less 7.5%. If you have a "y" terabyte drive expect the computer to show y terabytes less 10%.

How this sets your mind at rest.

Posted on 4 Apr 2010 09:20:07 BDT
BTW I don't have my iPod any more (daughter; light fingered; can I borrow it please Daddy; etc) but I never had a hang when syncing with my Mac.

Only goes to show . . . . something or other.

Good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2010 13:20:43 BDT
yes i understand binary i'm actually an IT consultant and tbh you make no sense sir...the OS is overly large and unessasary regardless of a 1/2 a gig being actually 512k and a gig 1024 etc etc adinfinitum.

I've never heard such a load of cobblers the amount you lose is dependant on OS and drive file system format.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2011 00:06:55 BDT
David Wilson says:
Ditto - having used ipods with OS 9 Powerbooks to my current OS 10.6 iMac. It sounds like theres a bug in the Windows iPod software
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