Is it possible to synchronize library meta-data, specifically the star ratings, bidirectionally between iTunes on PC and iPad?

I am rarely listening to music, but if I do so, it is likely on the iPad (mini) hence ratings will happen sometimes there but sometimes also on PC. In order to make that worthwhile however a synchronization from iPad to PC and PC to iPad is necessary.

So far I have only found threads were adventurous workarounds and many posts said, that synchronizing even ends up removing ratings from their mobile device. Is there really no possibility to get (preferably automatic) bidirectional synchronization of this data?

Another possibility mentioned was iTunes match, but since I don't use music too often, the annual fee seems too high.

PS: I strongly prefer non-jailbreak solutions.

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You can turn off manual mode and use automatic syncing -- this will maintain the ratings both ways. In iTunes you want to be sure "manually manage music and videos" is not checked.

Might need some tweaking if you don't sync your whole library though. Best way I found to solve that complexity issue is using smart playlists...

  • I have automatic Wifi sync enabled and it did last occur two days ago. The star ratings have been added somewhen last week and don't show up on the iPad yet.
    – kdb
    Aug 16, 2013 at 14:22
  • @kdb What I mean, if I wasn't clear is to keep "manually manage music and videos" unchecked in itunes for the iPad and make sure it's syncing rather than manually managing. Is that what you are doing already also? Aug 16, 2013 at 15:25
  • Thanks, it does now sync ratings. Apparently there were issues with the synchronization; It didn't take more than rebooting the iPad in the end...
    – kdb
    Aug 17, 2013 at 20:16

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