How to Fix Rhythmbox Iphone/Ipod Sync Issues

If you have iphone/ipod and you are using Rhythmbox to manage music on it.If you try to transfer music files it would transfer but music files wouldn't show up on iphone/ipod,but after plugging into a mac or pc and starting itunes, only then would the iPhone see it.

To fix the above problem follow this procedure

1. Go to your home folder (Places>Home Folder)

2. Press CTRL+H

3. Navigate to .gconf>apps>rhythmbox>state>ipod

4. Delete %gconf.xml file (it will be recreated the next time you start rhythmbox)

5. Restart rhythmbox

That's it now your should be able to view your music files in your iphone/ipod

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20 Responses

  1. dunbrokin says:

    Works really well for Lucid….but what do you do for Karmic?

  2. teddy says:

    Excellent tip, thanks!
    The error I was receiving from Rhythmbox before applying this fix was:

    “Error while getting peer-to-peer dbus connection: The name :1.102 was not provided by any .service files”

  3. ccifuentes says:


    you need install the next package:


    (sudo apt-get install ifuse)

  4. Aztlan says:

    thx alot nice tip

  5. Dustin says:

    Awesome! Thank you for the tip, this worked really well!


  6. NigelLH says:

    Nope, none of this worked for me:

    Running Ubuntu 10.10 and iPod Classic xB150 (Black 160GB)

  7. Izzie says:

    I synced my ipod with my library but the songs on my ipod won’t play! The image and title etc. are displayed but none of the songs actually play.
    On my library however, the songs play fine.

    Any ideas?

  8. keysi says:

    Will this work for the iphone 4 4.2.1 running in ubuntu 11.04 ? Also, how do I install the libimobiledevice0 package ?

  9. Diego says:

    Perfect, worked as a breeze

    Great post

  10. Galand says:

    I have the same problem as Izzie. Help please

  11. Bert says:

    What format are you saving your files in via RB? Unless it’s m4a or mp3(eg ogg) you won’t be able to play them on your iPod.

    BTW … I get around the “syncing” problem by using a separate account for all new tunes (ones that haven’t yet been added to my iPod). I copy them to my own Music folder (where I have all my tunes) using tar so that like named artist folders are merged. When I get around to it, I add them to my iPod from the “special” account folder and then remove them from that account’s RB folder.
    What about removing files? I never throw anything away … so that isn’t a problem for me.

  12. Haas says:

    Hey!, im having huge problems with my Ipod 80 gb Silver. ever time i try to sync it with wither musicbox or itunes it starts and goes for a bout 200 songs and then it just freezes and stops syncing, any help?

  13. DoctorWho says:

    Thanks, man. The peer-to-peer error is gone!

  14. Albertnez says:

    Man, I owe you too much. Thank you.

  15. bnoiyuy says:

    That solved the sync problems for me in ubuntu 12.04 thank you 🙂

  16. reinamarquez says:

    I have the same problem as Izzie and Galan. Some of my songs play but some just skip the song when I try to play it or it plays a different song with the same song name and album artwork as the one that I tried to play. Also, I tried doing this, but the folder for rhytmbox doesn’t show up in the apps folder. I searched every folder within the apps folder and none contained the rhytmbox folder. Help me, please! I am nothing without my music!

  17. Dan H. says:

    Installing ifuse solved the problem for me; this is Ubuntu 12.04 AMD64, on an iPod classic.


  18. Moritz says:

    Thanks a lot! Problem solved!!!

  19. Odi says:

    Didn’t solve it for me, but I am trying to sync an iphone 6+. Any suggestions??

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