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iPod Nano Watch losing NikePlus Runs

I've been struggling with Apple's stupid iTunes losing my NikePlus runs for MONTHS now.   I've Googled my butt off, called Apple, went to the Apple Store, and spent on the order of 20 or 30 hours trying to resolve my iPod Nano Watch losing NikePlus runs.

I recently wrote to NikePlus support to ask for help.  They mentioned "re-linking" and "re-uploading" my runs.   They thought that Apple would have told me about this, but Apple didn't.

Anyway, after I had those two key terms, I did some Googling.   Here's what I found at:

Disclaimer:  This may not work, so do so at your own risk.   It worked for me though.   Glad the NikePlus people knew better than the Apple people!

That said, here goes:

Make sure your Mac shows your file extensions. (If you don't even know what those are don't go any further.)

(Not sure if the next bit is necessary but it's what I did because I did not want ANY auto linking to happen! )
Connect your Nano to your computer. Go to Ipod options and UNCHECK the the box for the auto upload to Nike+. Also unckeck the box for auto opening itunes when Ipod is connected. Close itunes. Disconnect Ipod then reconnect.

Use this application "Visibles" to make the invisible files visible then go from there.


1. Open ipod as a storage device. (Ipod_Control is a hidden fiolder, so you need to make it Visible before you can do any of this. See above!

2. Look for the folders
Ipod_Control >Device>Trainer>Workouts>Empeds>4H626KXBVSX>Synched
( I archived the Workouts folder and stored it on my hard-drive, just as a back-up.)

3. Find the .xml files ( looks like 2006.... blah, blah.xml) that are missing from your Nike+ account. Drag them back to the folder "Latest" 

Incidentally, I didn't use any application.... I used Terminal, as so:
John-Bebos-MacBook-Air:iPod_Control johnbebo$ cd Device/Trainer/Workouts/Empeds/John-Bebos-MacBook-Air:Empeds johnbebo$ ls
John-Bebos-MacBook-Air:Empeds johnbebo$ cd nikeinternal/
John-Bebos-MacBook-Air:nikeinternal johnbebo$ ls
lastWorkout.xml latest preferences.xml settings.plist synched
John-Bebos-MacBook-Air:nikeinternal johnbebo$ cd synched/
John-Bebos-MacBook-Air:synched johnbebo$ ls
2013-09-12 17;15;25.xml 2013-09-15 07;52;30.xml 2013-09-21 15;09;26.xml
2013-09-14 07;26;22.xml 2013-09-19 12;34;19.xml 2013-09-23 05;21;34.xml
2013-09-14 15;38;05.xml 2013-09-20 09;43;25.xml 2013-09-24 15;26;05.xml
John-Bebos-MacBook-Air:synched johnbebo$ mv *.xml ../latest/

4. Open itunes and see if ipod is showing there. if not, eject ipod (if it's still showing as storage device), then disconnect and reconnect.

6. Ipod should show in itunes. Go to ipod options and check the auto uploud to Nike+ box. (Contrary to what it says on Apple's help page, there is no manual upload option.) Click OK.  

7. The upload of your missing runs should then happen. (Mine did.)

8. You should get asked if you want to go to Nike+. You should see your missing runs when you get there.

Note:   I had to visit the NikePlus site when iTunes prompted me to visit it to make the runs upload.   I tried it once, it looked like they uploaded, but I clicked "Don't Visit" the site when prompted by iTunes... This didn't seem to upload my runs.  The 2nd time I did it I clicked "Visit" and then my runs were there.   Not sure if there is a correlation, but those were the symptoms.


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