Every time I sync my iPod (Touch 2G), there are about 20 or 30 songs that iTunes insists on syncing. I usually sync just to get a couple of updated podcasts, but have to wait while it needlessly syncs the songs. The songs themselves seem to be fine, as I've listened to some just before it thought they needed to be synced. Nothing is changing on the files themselves - I haven't been updating any tags or album art or anything. Any idea why it thinks these same songs need to be synced every time, and how I can tell it otherwise?
If you played a song once on your iPod and three times on your computer since the last sync the data related to that file is going to be different. iTunes will then update the play count information on both your iPod and computer with the correct information (add 3 plays to the iPod, 1 play to the computer). This doesn't mean it's updating the song file itself, just the database information related to that file.
I had the same issue, and it is a problem with the album artwork for those tracks. You will need to manually unassign the album artwork for each track, then re-get the album art.
When your device is plugged in and iTunes is running, click on your device in the left column. From there you can see all of your sync settings. You can turn all syncing off except for podcasts, for example.
These are all good responses, but the problem seemed to clear itself up - it hasn't behaved this way in quite some time. I'll chalk it up to iTunes upgrades or something, but I didn't want to leave this question hanging out without a resolution.
protected by BinaryMisfit Nov 8 '10 at 11:17
Thank you for your interest in this question.
Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).
Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?