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Multiple iPods Connected to iTunes

I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, in the past to mount more than one iPod via iTunes and it’s never worked. For some reason, this morning I am able to.

I’m running iTunes 7.0.2.16 on Windows XP SP2. All three iPods are connected via USB2. The 20Gb 4th Generation iPod and 80Gb 5.5 Generation iPod video both have disk use enabled and I manually manage music on both units.

Is anyone else able to duplicate this?

UPDATE: According to Apple, this shouldn’t be done.

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  1. I agree, it is pretty sweet, but I’ve seen no documentation about it whatsoever. To me, this is a pretty big deal. Up until now, iTunes has only supported one device at a time. Now, you can have multiple iPods hooked up at once, and manage the music on them all. I can’t believe they haven’t made a big deal about this.

    I know I’m not the only one with more than one iPod out there…

  2. here. According to Apple:

    While iTunes for Windows allows you to connect multiple iPods simultaneously, this is not supported, and unexpected behavior may occur.

    Although FireWire and USB allow multiple devices to be connected to the computer at the same time, iTunes works best with only one iPod connected at a time. If you plan to use multiple iPods with the same computer, eject and disconnect one iPod before attaching another.

    The only issue I have seen so far occurs when you try to update more than one iPod at a time. iTunes can lock up for a short time while it tries to process the tasks, but it completes the copy without any problems…

    If you plan on using multiple iPods on one computer, here is how Apple recommends you do it.

  3. I agree, it is pretty sweet, but I’ve seen no documentation about it whatsoever. To me, this is a pretty big deal. Up until now, iTunes has only supported one device at a time. Now, you can have multiple iPods hooked up at once, and manage the music on them all. I can’t believe they haven’t made a big deal about this.

    I know I’m not the only one with more than one iPod out there…

  4. Finally found something that addresses this issues in the Apple Support Docs: here. According to Apple:

    While iTunes for Windows allows you to connect multiple iPods simultaneously, this is not supported, and unexpected behavior may occur.

    Although FireWire and USB allow multiple devices to be connected to the computer at the same time, iTunes works best with only one iPod connected at a time. If you plan to use multiple iPods with the same computer, eject and disconnect one iPod before attaching another.

    The only issue I have seen so far occurs when you try to update more than one iPod at a time. iTunes can lock up for a short time while it tries to process the tasks, but it completes the copy without any problems…

    If you plan on using multiple iPods on one computer, here is how Apple recommends you do it.

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