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Syncing Tracks to Portable Devices

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You can easily sync your Tracks and associated metadata (Album Art, play history, etc.) with iPods, iPhones, and other MP3 Players, MP3-capable phones or media servers. Audio formats that aren't supported can be converted on the fly, and Track volumes leveled. In most cases, when you plug in your device for the first time, it will be automatically recognized by MediaMonkey, and you'll be given the option to configure Synchronization options before syncing.

Once a device is recognized, it appears as a node in the Tree. From this node it is possible to view/edit/delete/copy tracks on the device (depending on the device and the plug-in used), and if the device has its own database, to update the device database. Note that tracks that appear in this node are not part of the Library.

There are 2 types of Synchronization:

Automatic Synchronization (Auto-Sync): This is the simplest and most powerful means of device synchronization. Choosing this option syncs the entire Library or a 'Sync list', optionally deleting tracks that aren't on the Sync list.
Manual Synchronization (Sync-Selected): This is for one-time operations, choose this option to manually sync a selected Playlist or set of files.

Devices and Plug-ins

Device synchronization works via Device Plug-ins--one per device. Different devices and plugins have slightly different synchronization capabilities, as summarized below:

Plug-in / Device



This plug-in is used for the iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPod Shuffle, iPod mini, iPod Nano, iPod Video, including 5th generation iPods, plus iTunes-compatible phones such as the Motorola Rokr and Palm Pre. It syncs MP3 and AAC files and related properties including lyrics, Album Art, ratings, volume leveling information, play history, as well as Playlists. It supports bookmarking for tracks that have a Genre of 'Podcast' or 'Audiobook', and allows the user to browse and/or play tracks from the device when it is plugged in. Multiple instances of the plugin can be used, one for each iPod, but only a single iPod can be plugged in at any one time. iTunes can continue to be used to sync non-audio content.

WMDM (MTP/Windows devices)

This plug-in is suitable for most other devices and phones, and is designed especially for 'MTP' devices that are labelled 'Plays for Sure', although it also supports USB Mass Storage mode devices (including those that have extra flash memory cards). This plug-in does not support Synchronization of WMA files protected by DRM 10. It synchronizes whatever audio formats are supported by the device along with related properties including Album Art, ratings, play history, and Playlists (assuming they are supported by the device). It allows the user to browse the device when it is plugged in, but does not support playback of tracks on the device from MediaMonkey and does not support synchronization of the modified Tracks on the device back to the PC. Multiple instances of the plugin can be used

Generic/Portable Devices

This USB Mass Storage device plug-in is suitable for any device that appears as a drive letter in Windows Explorer. Although the WMDM driver can often be used with such devices, the generic plug-in is advantageous from a performance perspective and in cases where it is desireable to browse and play tracks on the device from within MediaMonkey and sync updated Tracks from the device back to the PC.  The generic plugin will synchronize Tracks with all their properties, along with Playlists, however, it will not sync play history. Multiple instances of the plugin can be created by copying the plugin and renaming the copy in Windows Explorer.

iRiver H-series

This plug-in supports the H-120 and H-320 devices by iRiver. These devices are USB Mass Storage devices that could be used with the generic plug-in, however, this plug-in adds support for the iRiver database so that the database is always up to date.


Devices are configured via Tools > Options > Portable/Audio Devices. If multiple devices are used, then multiple plugins can be configured--one for each device.

If you are repeatedly prompted to configure a device that you do not wish to synchronize, simply uncheck the device.


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