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So Your iPod Won’t Eject?

You’re updating your iPod in iTunes. It finishes and simply says, “iPod Sync Is Complete.” What? No “OK To Disconnect” message?*

What do you do? You click “Eject.” What happens? A message saying something to the effect that your iPod can’t disconnect because files on your iPod are currently being used. What happens next? You keep clicking “Eject” over and over again, of course. Still nothing. Same result.

Here’s the solution.

Open up “My Computer” (for Vista users, that’s “Computer”) and look for your iPod in the list of drives and removable storage. Right-click on it and click “Eject!” And there you go. Ejected iPod. Don’t believe me? Just go back to iTunes and see that you’ve been ejected.

Read a book.

*As a side note, if you have “Enable Disk Use” checked on your iPod screen in iTunes, you will never get the “OK To Disconnect” message. You will have to manually eject your iPod every time you connect it. And don’t just unplug it. You will screw up files on your iPod if you don’t manually click eject every time before you unplug it.

  1. Carrie
    Sunday January 6, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    YOU SAVED ME. thank you!

  2. GQ
    Monday January 14, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    wow, thanks, i’ve been seaerching forever to find the help to this…but
    1) how to disable disk use
    2) what does enabling or disabling do for my ipod


  3. DRB
    Monday August 18, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Perfect advice. I often get this error message when trying to eject. Previously, if I waited a moment and hit eject again, it would work. But today it gave me that message over and over and when I followed your advice, my ipod was instantly ejected. Thanks!

  4. armin
    Thursday August 28, 2008 at 12:47 AM

    thanks sooo much

  5. Sunday September 14, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Excellent piece of advice. After stumbling through countless google listings, I found yours and it actually works. Will post a link to this on my blog. Thanks again!


  6. Chantal
    Monday November 3, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    Sweet! thanks! I really thought I was stuck, seeing my internet explorer was down and itunes kept freezing up, and I couldn’t disconnect my ipod. Thank you so much!!

  7. ayush
    Friday November 28, 2008 at 2:36 AM

    OMG OMG OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u saved me dude thx a looot!!it was my bros ipod…he wud haf killed me!!!u r so coool u rok man!thx dude!!! u rok…!and i recommend u plz change d name of the site..k???if u want

  8. alexbetty
    Saturday January 10, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    I tried to “Eject” and “Safely Remove” via Windows Explorer, and I get the same message. I hate to have to shut down, but I think it may be the only way.

    • Dan
      Tuesday November 24, 2009 at 11:10 AM

      Didn’t work for me either. I still get the message saying it’s being used by another application.

  9. ranc
    Sunday March 1, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    WHY is it sooooo much easier to google the answer than even bother to look in help or on the itunes site.

    1000 MILLION thanks….

    • Sunday March 1, 2009 at 5:17 PM

      I feel the same way. I never go to the “Official” site of any product before consulting Google. Blogs always seem to have a solution.

      That’s the approach I take with my blog. If I have a problem with something… anything… I find a solution and I publish it. More than likely, the problem hasn’t been solved yet.

      And if it has been, I write about it and link to the blog that has solved the problem.

  10. Rena
    Saturday April 18, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Oh God, thank you so much…I kept trying to eject and I was getting worried. Thought something was wrong with my iPod. Thanks a bunch, iTunes Help is sometimes a bitch to go through.

  11. Vic
    Thursday June 11, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    It works!!!! Thank you. Vic

  12. Wahida
    Saturday June 13, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOO MUCHHHHHHH!!!!! I just bought it and its my 3rd iPod, and I added the songs and then it wouldn’t eject! I was gonna just unplug it, then i stumbled across your advise, THANKS AGAIN, it really helped.

  13. Snake
    Thursday June 25, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    THANKS MAN!!!!!!!!!!!! IT REALLY WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. oli lew
    Friday September 11, 2009 at 8:34 PM


  15. Kendall
    Monday September 21, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    WOW ! thanks a ton ! saved me so much effort ! It was almost too easy lol and now I’m worried I sound like those people on Infomercials that don’t really work at all ;) anywho, you saved me and my Ipod’s life !! <3 :D

  16. Saturday October 3, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    FINALLY !!! Geez, Thank you SOOOOOO much. I have spent endless nights trying everything to get ITunes/Ipod to EJECT

    • Saturday October 3, 2009 at 2:37 PM

      Well, I wasn’t done typing…..so to continue. It would keep my Ipod hostage for hours and then finally for whatever reason it would finally eject. I’d wake up in the morning and IT would STILL be sitting there. Arrrrg!!! THANK YOU AGAIN !!!!!! I can continue on with my precious time now.

  17. Ernst
    Saturday October 17, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Thank U !!! God bless you you saved me!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Ellie
    Thursday November 26, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Fantastic! You win at life! I needed this fix desperately today….

  19. Buckle
    Tuesday December 15, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Thanks for that…! I’m no longer swearing and spitting at my iPod. I’m happy again.

  20. :)
    Sunday December 27, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    thank u so much!! dis really helped!!! :)

  21. Dave
    Saturday January 2, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Worked for me!

  22. osup
    Sunday January 3, 2010 at 9:32 AM


  23. Rachael
    Sunday January 3, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Umm, is there anotehr name for ‘iPod’ in your ‘My Computer’ folder? I cannot find it, and I cannot see how to eject it…. I’m stuck :[

  24. JJ
    Sunday January 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    I tried everything listed above with no luck. Then I thought of something else. I was leaving my cable in the USB port and just unhooking the nano. I rebooted, the nano said ‘OK to disconnect’ which I did and then I pulled the cable from the USB port. Then I plugged the cable and nano back in, synced it, and the ‘OK to disconnect’ message came up. No more message saying it was in use by other files or whatever. Did this 5 or 6 times already and it works every time. Think something must be staying behind in regards to the USB port when you remove the nano but not the cable.

    • Z
      Sunday March 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM

      Ya this worked for me 2!

  25. Saturday January 23, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Thank you SO much. Bravo! [clap clap clap clappity clap]

  26. Gabrielle
    Saturday January 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    THANK YOU!!!!

  27. Michelle F
    Thursday February 18, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Thanks so much for this solution. I haven’t been able to eject through iTunes for a while and this worked perfectly….

  28. Storm
    Tuesday February 23, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    LOL when I did your advice and it worked, I felt like my computer got pwned lol. i was like boya…lol im using boya for being so happy..lol

  29. Jordy
    Friday February 26, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    Amazing!! I leave for a ski trip tomorrow and was tweakin cuz i thought i would be without my ipod!

  30. tiffany
    Friday March 19, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    didnnt work for me. the same msg came back up

  31. Thursday April 1, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    IT WORKS!!! dude i love you! you saved my life, its so simple now that i know! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU :d

  32. Kelley
    Thursday April 15, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Thank you!!! That did the trick!

  33. Sarraaah :]
    Wednesday May 5, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Thank you so much!! :] xx

  34. Bob
    Sunday January 2, 2011 at 5:53 AM

    The problem can be avoided if you note the following… If you launch Itunes first then plug your IPOD into the USB port, you should be able to disconnect using the Itunes eject function. If you plug the IPOD into the USB port before launching windows, the computer sees it as an external drive device and takes ownership of it before Itunes does. That is why Itunes will not eject it because it sees it in use by another device, your computer, hence why you must eject it from the computer side. Looks like Apple was trying to avoid contending devices so I wouldn’t necessarily call it a software glitch. Best bet, unless you are going to use it directly as a drive, always launch Itunes before connecting it.

    • Shannon Sowders
      Thursday July 28, 2011 at 4:35 PM

      pretty good lesson! ;)

  35. Pauline
    Friday February 4, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Thanks–I was at point of screaming!!!!

  36. Tasha
    Sunday February 20, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    Ok, So I tried all the tips listed above, and even tried just pulling it out of frustration! But all I get is Error messages on my comp, things saying its being used, and 0 songs and stuff on my ipod! I’m at a loss. :[

    • Azrael
      Tuesday March 8, 2011 at 9:33 AM

      This was happening to me.. But somehow when i use winamp, it shows all the songs on my ipod n i’m able to play. Whenever i use winamp to copy music to local media, the ipod started showing in itunes too.. I tried ejecting from winamp n what do you know, it works like a charm..

  37. Geri Lugo
    Tuesday April 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    You are a genious!!!<3

  38. Paula
    Sunday April 17, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Thank you, I had this problem before and did what you said not too and that was just unplug it, now I can’t see my audio podcast heading in my list of podcast, but I know it’s there because the scroll bar goes all the way to the top where I can’t see it but yet I’m able to click it and then I see my list of audio podcast….weird huh?! anyway perhaps it’s just an old iPod and on it’s way out.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks again.

  39. Paula
    Sunday April 17, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Thank you, I had this problem before and did what you said not too and that was just unplug it, now I can’t see my audio podcast heading in my list of podcast, but I know it’s there because the scroll bar goes all the way to the top where I can’t see it but yet I’m able to click it and then I see my list of audio podcast….weird huh?! anyway perhaps it’s just an old iPod and on it’s way out.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks again.

  40. Sorya
    Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Wow. If you idiots really had to look this up, you shouldn’t be using a computer.

    • Shannon Sowders
      Thursday July 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      GO TO HELL!

  41. Helen
    Wednesday May 25, 2011 at 5:02 AM

    Thank you – so simple but saved me loads of time!

  42. Kayla
    Thursday June 2, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Thank you so much. I was starting to freak out because if I didn’t figure it out my brother would’ve told me I broke something somehow.

  43. Sunday July 17, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    I love you, man.

  44. Shannon Sowders
    Thursday July 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Thanks for the advice it was o so simple! But when u don’t know you just don’t know. So what was the read a book about????

  45. Char
    Saturday July 30, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    very helpful! thankyou :D

  46. Sala
    Friday October 21, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! When I followed your instructions I got a message that said, “Try Again,” “Continue,” “Cancel” … I choose “CONTINUE” and it worked! Wow, what a relief!!!! THANKS!

  47. Ms. Melly
    Monday October 24, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Thank you so much!!!! GAWD I love Google – you find everything you need whne you need it.

  48. pyromacer
    Wednesday October 26, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    It did not work for me im on a Windows XP computer and when i do this i still have no songs or videos

  49. Sherrie
    Friday December 23, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Thank you this saved me!

  50. erwer
    Sunday January 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    THANK YOU!!!

  51. l beddall
    Saturday April 28, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Thank you very much, don’t know I would manage in the techo world without these sites.

  52. Rob-ster
    Sunday October 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    I am impressed. Thank you. Your suggest worked. NOTE: What happened is the ipod icon no longer appears in itunes, however, on my ipod, it still said “DO NOT DiSCONNECT” which got me concerend. Do not worry. After about 1-2 minutes, the “do not Disconnect” message disappeared on my ipod & i was able to safely disconnect. i suspect since i have close to 60GB of music on my ipod, it took some time for the ipod to shut down.

  53. Lez
    Friday November 2, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    Thanks a bunch worked just as you said.
    Sncly Lez

  54. Simon
    Wednesday November 7, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Many thanks it worked – Simon. Pity Apple don’t tell you this with their message!

  55. Colin
    Thursday November 15, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Wow. You people are all so f*cking dumb. You couldn’t figure that out by yourselves, without googling it? None of you deserve to use a computer. Fools.

    • Lindsey
      Monday September 23, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Wow, yeah thanks for that.

  56. Dawn
    Wednesday March 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    How do I manually disconnect my ipod?? I am not able to uncheck the “disable disk use” box, it is gray.

    • Dawn
      Wednesday March 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      I just figured out the manual eject, but it gives me the same message.

  57. Lindsey
    Monday September 23, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I’ve done that but I’ve gotten another message saying ”?’s iPod is still in use. save any open files on this disk’ but I’ve closed iTunes. I’ve only recently started getting either of these messages though, it was fine about a week or so ago.

  58. Cynthia
    Saturday September 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    my ipod is not showing up when I go to my computer.

    • Cynthia
      Saturday September 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Forget my last comment…I found it when I opened up itunes. It worked.

  59. Bruce
    Wednesday January 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    I find that I have to close any browsers as well as iTunes to eject my iPod Nanno (5th gen)

  60. Jean
    Wednesday November 18, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    You rock!!! Thanks for the advise – worked like a charm!

  61. Lisa
    Sunday February 28, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Brilliant! Thank you!!

  62. Pamela
    Sunday May 22, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    This worked! Thank you!!!

  63. Craig
    Friday July 22, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    For quick fix (i.e., to eject your usb device), this procedure is okay. However, if you want to restore your iPod using iTunes, you will get the same application in use message, which prevents you from restoring your iPod (at least using iTunes).

  64. Susie
    Friday December 16, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Genius – thank you.

  65. kate
    Wednesday July 19, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    THANK YOOOOOU, SOOOOO MUCH! You are a lifesaver.

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