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I am trying to set up Wi-Fi sync of my iPod Touch (iOS 5) with iTunes running on Windows XP.

They sync fine over the USB cable. I've enabled Wi-Fi sync both on the iPod and in iTunes. The Wi-Fi is functioning and I can ping the Windows XP machine from the iPod. However, the Wi-Fi sync won't work (the sync app on the iPod doesn't see the computer).

How do I go about troubleshooting this?


  1. Windows XP is running inside VirtualBox on Ubuntu.
  2. I've checked out other similar questions, and none of them are relevant here.
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closed as off topic by Nathan Greenstein Oct 19 '11 at 23:42

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Since this question has little to do with the iPod and iTunes and more to do with Ubuntu and Windows, it isn't really on topic for Ask Different. Please take a look at the FAQs for more info. Thanks. – Nathan Greenstein Oct 19 '11 at 23:42
@NathanGreenstein: Whether or not this question gets closed makes no difference to me, except providing a disincentive to post again. However, for the record, it is clearly the Apple's products that are malfunctioning in a perfectly legit (if slightly obscure) setup. I therefore think the question has everything to do with this site. – NPE Oct 20 '11 at 6:32

I seem to have been able to figure this one out. In VirtualBox, select Devices/Network Adapters, and change Attached to from NAT to Bridged Adapter:

VirtualBox preferences

Click OK. Finally, reboot Windows and cold-restart the iPod.

This has fixed it for me.

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