iPhone 6 Plus (and others) Can't Sync Ripped Music from iTunes
So I got my iPhone 6 Plus last Thursday, and I've since tried every iteration of syncing to get a large (11,971 songs) library onto my shiny new 128GB iPhone.
I thought I was alone, or that there was some anomaly in my iTunes library, but many others are experiencing the same thing. So, I'll ask here - has ANYONE managed to copy and keep a large library of both ripped and purchased tracks on their new iPhone 6, iOS 8.0.2, and iTunes 11.4(18)?
My library syncs just fine, thank you, on my iPod Classic 120GB. The same library will NOT copy to the iPhone properly through several syncs.
The best I can do is get it to copy to the phone after restoring the iPhone to factory, delete ALL music, uncheck iTunes match on both phone and iTunes, uncheck "Show All" music on the phone, and then uncheck "Sync Music" in iTunes. Sync, verify there is NO music left on the iPhone.
Then, I can sync to the phone, but it takes five HOURS to sync 11,971 tracks to the phone. Once I've done that, I can actually play all of it on my phone.
BUT, here's the problem. If I *ever* sync again with the same laptop (Macbook Pro Retina 15", OSX 10.9.5), it somehow corrupts the music on the phone. When I try to play music on the phone after several syncs, it skips over every song that is ripped, and ONLY plays songs I have purchased through iTunes.
I've ripped every CD I own into Apple Lossless, and transcode it in iTunes to copy as 256k AAC to the phone and to my iPod Classic. It works fine on the Classic, but NOT on the new iPhone.
As one of the many who purchased the iPhone 128GB model to finally converge their music device(s) with their phone, this is VERY disappointing. There is a long thread on the Apple Support forums here, and there is currently no fix in sight. I've opened a case with Apple Support myself, but no call back yet.
Apparently, this issue affects iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus. Kind of a big deal for us music aficionados. Grr.
Here's the thread on the Apple Support Forums: https://discussions.apple.com/message/26780415?ac_cid=tw123456#26780415