Windows media player 12 only syncs playlists

Posted on 2013-11-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-19
Not too technical, but entertainment.  I have Win 7 with WMP 12.  For the last few years (WMP probably upgraded at some point in this time) I have sync'd my entire library to an IPOD after installing MGTEK dopisp.  It's been a while since I've added any music and tried to sync, but now it appears WMP only wants to sync my playlists and not the entire library.  I add an album to the library and connect to sync and it's only trying to sync playlists and not anything I added.  I cannot figure out the problem.  I restored the IPOD to factory defaults and reconnected it.  But still sync status shows it only syncing playlists. Any ideas?
Question by:Brian_MB
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ID: 39682717
If you create a playlist called "All," and add all your music to it, will it then sync all your music?
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ID: 39682870
Try clearing the  History cache.
Tools>options>Privacy down the bottom
WMP cache
then close and disconnect any devices re-open WMP with devices connected and then open the sync or drag and drop your media on to the playlist
syncIf that fails delete your libraries
delete / restore libraries

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ID: 39690005
I deleted the history cache.  Still only syncs playlists.  I did not delete the library as I just did this within the last month or so when I relocated my media directory.  If I create an "ALL Music" playlist and add all albums to that it does sync.  But again, I never had to do that before, I'm fairly sure it auto sync'd all music in a WMP version prior to 12.
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ID: 39691547
It's been a while? How long Brian_MB
MGTEK dopisp is it outdated needs updating?
What version do you have ?

What type of music files can I sync to my iPod?
MGTEK dopisp supports syncing music stored in the format MP3, MPEG-4 audio (extension M4A), and AAC files.<< but remember WMP may not support all them and that may explain why some are not synced.
You can also use Windows Media Player to do a reverse sync, i.e. sync music from the iPod to your music library.
Note   Windows Media Player cannot reverse sync certain music formats, such as protected AAC.
If a song does not copy, click the WebHelp button of the error message dialog for details.
Windows Media Player 11 can reverse sync MP3 files.
Windows Media Player 12 can reverse sync MP3, MP4, M4A, and M4V files.
Sync music to Windows Media Player

Start Windows Media Player, connect your iPod to your computer, and then click the Sync tab to open the Sync pane.
From the tree-view to the left, click the iPod icon, choose a view, such as Music or Songs, and drag one or more songs to the Sync List pane to add them to the list of items to sync.
Click Copy from device to sync the contents of the sync list to Windows Media Player


My WMP 12 will auto sync when I have enabled it to do so and made WMP the default player, but as I prefer winamp for Audio and media player classic BE for video WMP does nothing when I add any devices.
So maybe the key is make WMP your default player, or could be this tool is mucking up the sync
(1) rightclick any audio file and choose open with then advanced select WMP apply.
Or go to start all programs>at the top Default programs> or associate a file/s
default programs
How to sync your ipod MGTEK dopisp with WMP12, process.
Support FAQ please choose one and check your settings.

Setting up Windows Media Player
In Windows Media Player 12:
Click the menu Organize, then click Options and select the tab Plug-ins.
3.From the list Category, select Background.
4.From the list Background, select MGTEK dopisp and click Properties.
Under Devices, you see a list of devices that are detected by MGTEK dopisp.

If the MGTEK dopisp plugin does not appear in Windows Media Players list Background, you may be running the 64-bit version of Windows Media Player, or the MGTEK dopisp software is not installed correctly.
For more information, see the section below.
If your iPod is plugged in and it does not appear in the list of detected devices,
your iPod may not be supported or you may have an old version of MGTEK dopisp installed that does not support the iPod.
For more information, see the section below.
If your iPod is disabled, click the button Enable to link the iPod with Windows Media Player.
If there is an error displayed, MGTEK dopisp will not display the iPod in Windows Media Player until the problem is corrected.
If you are unable to correct the problem, please provide the status or error message to MGTEK.
Verify Compatibility
While MGTEK dopisp supports most iPods, there may be certain outdated or recently released iPod models that are not supported. To verify whether your iPod model is a supported device, see the System Requirements.
It does go on to more take a look

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Brian_MB earned 0 total points
ID: 39718779
Sorry this took so long but I finally got to work on it and fortunately found the answer on another forum ( .  Turns out the built in WMP playlists (All Music, Music added in the last month, etc) were missing.  I had been messing with WMC streamed to the Xbox and did a lot of deleting library files and redoing WMP library over the last two years and that's probably when they got deleted.  However there isn't an "easy" way to get them back.  So according to the other post, here's what I did to get them back.  This is Windows 7 btw.

1.  Create another windows user account.
2.  Navigate to Users\user account just created\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player and copy the Sync Playlist directory which has subfolders of en-US and one with a string of numbers such as 00039137
3.  Paste the Sync Playlist directory and subfolders into the same location but under the user profile that they are missing from.
4.  Run regedit and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences.  Open the entry for ObfuscatedSyncPlaylistsPath and look at the data.  It should indicate the path to the directory you just pasted, but the directory with numbers like 00039137 will be a different number.  Back in Windows Explorer, rename the numbered directory to the number you found in the registry.
5.  That puts the built in playlists back, but unfortunately at this point you have to close WMP, stop Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service if it's running, and then delete all the .wmdb database files from Users\your user account\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player.  That will clear all the library databases and put WMP back to scratch and you'll need to redo your library locations in WMP and let the library rebuild.
6.  Once that is completed, when you go into the sync settings for the device where you select the playlists to sync, WMP built in playlists will be back prepopulated in the playlists to sync on the right.  You can remove the ones you don't want BUT I see no way of putting them back without going through this whole process again, so be careful.  I left All Music and Music Added in the Last Month, and then added my personal playlists.

What a pain, wish there was an easier way to put the WMP built in playlists back.

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ID: 39728756
I found the solution

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