Waiting for Changes to Be Applied

It would be really nice if iTunes said something more than just Waiting for Changes to Be Applied.

Waiting for changes

I’ve written a lot about iTunes syncing problems, but the most annoying thing is that iTunes says nothing about what’s going on. You can’t tell if a sync is stuck, or if iTunes is actually doing something. For example, if it were comparing tracks between my iTunes library and iPhone, it would be good to know that that’s what’s holding up the sync. Or if it had timed out, and the best thing would be to quit iTunes and not wait for the sync to continue.

As usual, I just wanted to sync a new album I ripped to my iPhone before I go walk on my treadmill. Instead of being able to do this, I’ll have to cancel the sync, most likely corrupting all the music on my iPhone, leading me to have to restore the device yet again. And Apple said they improved sync in the latest iTunes update…

I still long for the days when you could connect an iPod or iOS device, sync a few files, then unplug it.

20 thoughts on “Waiting for Changes to Be Applied

    • Yes, I think these sync issues only affect iOS devices. I’m actually tempted to buy a nano. I have a classic, but I hate using wired headphones when I’m walking. The nano supports bluetooth, and it would be nice to have a music-only device that is more reliable.

      • My 6th Gen nano doesn’t sync well with iTunes. Usually corrupts artwork, and gets confused by the available capacity. Sometimes seems to add albums for sync spontaneously. Not hugely impressed TBH. The only iOS devices I have are iPads and I don’t sync music to them. Barely let them near iTunes, in fact.

    • Yes, I think these sync issues only affect iOS devices. I’m actually tempted to buy a nano. I have a classic, but I hate using wired headphones when I’m walking. The nano supports bluetooth, and it would be nice to have a music-only device that is more reliable.

      • My 6th Gen nano doesn’t sync well with iTunes. Usually corrupts artwork, and gets confused by the available capacity. Sometimes seems to add albums for sync spontaneously. Not hugely impressed TBH. The only iOS devices I have are iPads and I don’t sync music to them. Barely let them near iTunes, in fact.

  1. It’s still messed up big time! I have two 5th gen. IPod Touch that I use strictly for music: one for rock, the other for country. Since it was reported that the last update (8.1.3) “improved” syncing I dedided to give it a try two nights ago. It was the same ole train wreck. It stalled out and when I looked – it had wiped out all the artwork on 10,000 + songs. The only solution was to reset the software and start from scratch. Took over 36 hours to reload- very discussed that Apple can not fix this problem!!

    • I have an iPod touch that I only use for testing. I had iTunes Match turned on, but I figured that, given the current problems, I might try to sync it. The first sync was fine – it usually is – but then I wanted to add some more music, and it got stuck at Waiting for Sync to Start. Sigh.

      • It is definitely the 8.0 update that started this whole problem but Apple won’t admit it. I usually add music daily from rips or purchases so I like to sync about once a week to add the new music to the iPods. But now ….. come on Apple – work with us!!

  2. It’s still messed up big time! I have two 5th gen. IPod Touch that I use strictly for music: one for rock, the other for country. Since it was reported that the last update (8.1.3) “improved” syncing I dedided to give it a try two nights ago. It was the same ole train wreck. It stalled out and when I looked – it had wiped out all the artwork on 10,000 + songs. The only solution was to reset the software and start from scratch. Took over 36 hours to reload- very discussed that Apple can not fix this problem!!

    • I have an iPod touch that I only use for testing. I had iTunes Match turned on, but I figured that, given the current problems, I might try to sync it. The first sync was fine – it usually is – but then I wanted to add some more music, and it got stuck at Waiting for Sync to Start. Sigh.

      • It is definitely the 8.0 update that started this whole problem but Apple won’t admit it. I usually add music daily from rips or purchases so I like to sync about once a week to add the new music to the iPods. But now ….. come on Apple – work with us!!

  3. I’ve suffered from the same problem ie. the sync sticking at the last moment. What works for me is to just quit iTunes and relaunch it before I sync – yes, I know I shouldn’t have to and they should fix it but it seems to do the trick…

  4. I’ve suffered from the same problem ie. the sync sticking at the last moment. What works for me is to just quit iTunes and relaunch it before I sync – yes, I know I shouldn’t have to and they should fix it but it seems to do the trick…

  5. I think this can be expanded to a general principle on Apple’s stuff. The progress bars generally bear very little relation to the actual amount of time spent waiting for a task to finish. They might as well be the fake dancing EQ bars next to the currently playing song in iOS. I mean, heck, for all I know, they *are* that fake. But how many times have you seen, throughout the system, the indicator get to 99% and then take just as long to get to 100% as it did to do the first 99. I’ve always wondered about this. Would true calculations of progress eat up too much processor power so they just approximate wildly?

  6. I think this can be expanded to a general principle on Apple’s stuff. The progress bars generally bear very little relation to the actual amount of time spent waiting for a task to finish. They might as well be the fake dancing EQ bars next to the currently playing song in iOS. I mean, heck, for all I know, they *are* that fake. But how many times have you seen, throughout the system, the indicator get to 99% and then take just as long to get to 100% as it did to do the first 99. I’ve always wondered about this. Would true calculations of progress eat up too much processor power so they just approximate wildly?

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