Fixing iPod/iPhone/AppleTV syncing issue for iPhoto albums

If you ever come across a situation when iTunes refuses to sync your iPhoto library to your iPod, iPhone or AppleTV, and a very important symptom is that you cannot choose “Selected Albums” option in iTunes syncing preferences, chances are you have an issue inside the AlbumData.xml file within the iPhoto Library.

Luckily, the fix is rather simple:
  1. Open Pictures directory in Finder, locate your iPhone Library and Ctrl-click (or right-click) it and choose “Show Package Content…” option.
  2. At the top of the list you will see AlbumData.xml file.
  3. Drag it over to Safari (either on your dock, or drop it onto a URL bar of an open Safari window).
  4. Safari will report an error, note what line that error on, it is likely that it’ll say that was unexpected…
  5. Open AlbimData.xml file in your favorite editor and navigate to that line.  You will see something like this:
    <string>Some comment:<key>PhotoCount</key>

    Notice that string tag is not closed.  Insert a </string> right before the <key> tag (you can also add a new line after it, for clarity):

    <string>Some comment:</string>
  6. Save the file and try again iTunes, you should all be set now.

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