Every time I sync my ipod touch, I sit there and watch "optimizing photos x of 1000" which takes forever.

To be clear, I am not adding any more photos. Shouldn't this only be a one time thing to optimize photos?
Why does it need to do this step every time?

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I not sure why it does it every time, but the 'optimising' is basically shrinking their dimensions to the iPod screen size, thus saving space on the iPod.

I would therefore assume that it does it every time as it doesn't save the 'optimised' ones in order to save space on the computer.

  • @Samuel Walker - that seems a bit insane. don't you think??
    – leora
    Jan 22, 2011 at 14:43
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    Perhaps, but that is how I understand the iTunes / iPod Photo handling procedure. Thinking the answer is insane is not a reason for down voting when that answer is correct. Jan 22, 2011 at 14:49
  • You're right about why, but it shouldn't be doing it every time. OP, are you clearing caches, or moving/deleting iTunes' folders? Jan 22, 2011 at 15:08
  • I would think that it would only optimize new photos. IE photos that have not yet been optimized and uploaded onto the device. Sounds like a db problem on the iPod. Try formatting and restoring.
    – Harv
    Jan 23, 2011 at 3:51
  • @Nathan G. - i am not clearing caches, etc . .
    – leora
    Jan 24, 2011 at 2:51

Is this on a windows computer or a Mac OS computer? Check properties in itunes for options related to photos. If you're on Mac OS check the iPhoto program for similar "ipod" options.

  • windows
    – leora
    Jan 24, 2011 at 2:51

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