The Sync Process

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General

Syncing is the process of mirroring your Media Library onto your iPod. This includes songs, playlists, ratings, last-played times and playcounts. To start the Sync, simply click the "Sync" button in the main iPod view.

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Generally, the sync feature tries to keep your whole Media Library in sync with your iPod, which means your iPod is a complete copy of your Winamp Media Library. That is only suitable for iPods that are big enough to carry all your songs. But don't worry, there are special cases for smaller iPods like Mini or Nano, see below.

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Whenever you are transferring anything onto your iPod, the Transfer Status Window will appear as above showing details about your transfer.

Configuration

Configure the sync process by opening Preferences (right-click on your iPod and choose iPod configuration), then open the Sync tab on the iPod Support page):

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Here you can configure what actions are performed when you click the Sync button.

  • "Delete songs found on the iPod which are not in the Media Library": If you have removed a song from your Winamp ML, but it is still present on the iPod, it gets deleted during the sync. This is checked by default.
  • "Update modified songs": If a song on your computer has been changed from that which is on your iPod, it is copied again. ml_iPod checks the Title, Album, Artist, song length, and Track number to detect these changes. This option is checked by default.
  • "Synchronize Media Library Playlists": All playlists that are available in Winamp (in the playlists section of the ML, not as *.m3u files on the harddisk) are replicated to the iPod. This is not checked by default. By clicking the "Select" button you can choose individual playlists for syncing, see below.
  • "Synchronize Media Library Smart Views": All Smart Views are replicated to the iPod as Smart Playlists. This is not checked by default. By clicking the "Select" button you can choose individual Smart Views for syncing, see below.
  • "SmartSync Ratings, Play Counts and Last Played Dates": Ratings, Play Counts and Last Played Dates are syncronized at the end of the sync. This is checked by default.

Comparison to iTunes

By default, when you connect an iPod to your computer, iTunes automatically copies all songs and playlists from your iTunes library to your iPod, and deletes songs from your iPod that aren't in your library. We call this a "Full Sync".

You can have the same behaviour in Winamp by clicking the Sync button, if you check all the checkboxes in the "How to sync this iPod" box.

Advanced Sync Settings

You remember the stuff about the querys for smart playlists? Well, you can do the same for your entire iPod.

The default for the "Sync" button is that ml_ipod will add and delete songs from your iPod until you have the same music on your iPod as you do in your Winamp Media Libray. In just one click. AWESOME.

However, if you have way more music on your computer than will fit on your iPod, then you'll want to limit it somewhat. You can do this by editing the general sync query in this section. If you want only songs which are rated 3 or greater to go on your iPod, you could just add "AND rating >= 3" to the query.

Simple as that.

Syncing Playlists

Selecting Playlists for Sync

You can sync all of your playlists, or choose to sync only those you have selected to sync.

In either case, the Sync proces will only modify the content of the device being synced, the Winamp Media Library will not be modified by the sync process.

Syncing all Media Library playlists

To sync all Media Library playlists, select the "Synchronize Media Library Playlists" option in the Sync Settings menu.

To start the sync process, select the device you want your Media Library to sync with and press sync.

Syncing selected playlists in the Media Library

To sync only selected Media Library playlists, select the "Synchronize Media Library Playlists" option in the Sync Settings menu and press the 'Select' button next to it. This will show the 'Select Playlists for Sync' menu.

In the 'Select Playlists for Sync' menu, do the following:

  • Select the "Sync only selected playlists" option.
  • Select the playlists that have to be synced when the sync process is started.
  • Select the "Sync only songs that are in of the marked playlists" option, if you want. This will bypass the general sync query (you remember what that was, heh?) and sync only those songs that are mentioned in one of the selected playlists.

To start the sync process, select the device you want your Media Library to sync with and press sync.

Syncing Smart Views

As with Syncing Playlists, you can choose to sync all Smart Views or only those you select to be synced.

Syncing all Media Library Smart Views

To sync all Media Library Smart Views, select the "Synchronize Media Library Smart Views" option in the Sync Settings menu.

To start the sync process, select the device you want your Media Library to sync with and press sync.

Syncing selected Media Library Smart Views

Syncing selected Media Library Smart Views only works when the "Sync only songs that are in one of the marked playlists" option in the "Select playlists for sync" menu is selected, so some steps from the previous section (Syncing Playlists)will have to be performed here.

If you don't check that option, everything still works, but the general sync query is used first. That means in this case, your selected playlists or Smart Views do not limit the songs that are transfered, they only add to what is selected by the general sync query.

In the Sync Settings menu:

  • Select "Synchronize Media Library Playlists"
  • Select "Synchronize Media Library Smart Views"

In the "Select playlists for sync" menu:

  • Select the "Sync only selected playlists" option
  • Select the "Sync only songs that are in one of the marked playlists" option.

In the "Select smart views for sync" menu:

  • Select the "Only selected Smart Views" option
  • Select the Smart Views that have to be synced.
  • Select the "Copy rules and all matching tracks to iPod during sync" option.

To start the sync process, select the device you want your Media Library to sync with and press sync.

Syncing Ratings

This will not transfer any songs, it only keeps the ratings, playcounts and last-played times up to date.

  • Go to the iPod view in the Media Library
  • Click on the "Sync Ratings" button
  • Choose how you would like ratings and playcounts to be synced (explanations below)
    • Smart Sync: Smart Sync will only sync playcounts and ratings. It will compare the playcounts and ratings of files in the iPod's database and the Media Library's database. Whichever database has the most current metadata, it will be copied to the other database. (ie. If your iPod has the most current metadata for a song then your Media Library will be updated.) This is usually used, but you can also:
    • Copy Play Counts and Ratings from iPod to Winamp: The metadata from the iPod will be transferred to the corresponding files in the Media Library.
    • Copy Play Counts and Ratings from Winamp to iPod: The metadata from the Media Library will be transferred to the corresponding file on the iPod.

Syncing Podcasts

  • Go to the iPod view in the Media Library
  • Click on the "Sync Podcasts" button

See the Podcast and Audiobook support section for more details.

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