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Old Oct 16, 2011, 03:34 PM   #1
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iPhone 4S won't play a lot of music

Setup iPhone as new, iPhone 4 played all music fine, and iTunes is playing the track just fine right now, but on the 4S the majority of my music won't play, I press a song, it takes me to the play screen then kicks me back to album view to choose a song.

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Old Oct 16, 2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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Bug? Have you told Apple? http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html and tried a restore?
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 03:43 PM   #3
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I found someone online suggesting resetting all settings which I've done and it was basically a restore.... So doing it now, restoring from an iCloud backup, annoying as the iPhone never warned me of this but oh well, see what happens. I might try re-syncing all my music overnight too, but its 14Gb of music so don't want to if I don't have to really.
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 04:22 PM   #4
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I think it is a matter of time before apple will not allow burned music on their devices. forcing you to purchase music from iTunes or install from a cd.

im not saying this has anything to do with OP's problem im just saying......
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 07:19 AM   #5
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I am having the same issue. All music that I bought through iTunes works fine. All other downloaded/burned from CD music will sync to the iPhone 4s, but won't play. Some play but start from the middle of the song, some don't play at all.

All of these songs play fine within iTunes, and on my iPod.

Frustrating.
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 02:40 PM   #6
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I am having the same problem. All of my purchased music will not play on my iPhone 4S. I can download it from iCloud but if i sync with my computer they will disappear. Like the person before me, all of my songs play fine within iTunes. HELP!
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 02:50 PM   #7
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Have all of you restored from a previous backup or set up your iPhones as new?
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Old Oct 17, 2011, 03:26 PM   #8
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Have all of you restored from a previous backup or set up your iPhones as new?
Previous back up. If I set up as new iPhone I will lose ALL of my game data.
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Old Oct 18, 2011, 08:11 AM   #9
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UPDATE: I just did a factory restore on my phone. Then did a update from iCloud and now my music play just fine.
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 09:01 PM   #10
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I reset my phone and it played alright for a couple weeks, then it slowly quit playing music again, it was almost like a plague because slowly more an more of my music quit playing, from online downloads, bought off iTunes, and downloaded off CDs, they all quit. I took my phone to the local apple outlet and since it was so new they gave me a whole new phone because they couldn't find any faults with the scan they do in the store. The new phone worked flawlessly for about 3 or 4 weeks and just now it's started to quit playing music again. It almost seems like the 4s is disposable as an mp3 player and I'll need a new one every month?
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Old Dec 11, 2011, 09:04 PM   #11
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I think it is a matter of time before apple will not allow burned music on their devices. forcing you to purchase music from iTunes or install from a cd.

im not saying this has anything to do with OP's problem im just saying......
This is never going to happen. And installing from a cd is the same as burned music...
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 08:43 AM   #12
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Jailbroken?

How many of you having this problem have jailbroken your iPhones? What JB apps have you installed? Any failed installs that may have corrupted your old files?

I'm getting this error as well - my phone plays recently purchased/downloaded songs but it seems anything on my phone older than two weeks won't play...

I have 3G unrestrictor, sbsettings, activator, and mywi. The mywi install was having problems installing and I have a hunch a couple failed installs have corrupted some music files. Other than that I have no clue what it would be.
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 10:57 PM   #13
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I just noticed it today on my 4s. I'm jailbroken and none of my music will play.
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Old May 18, 2012, 05:59 PM   #14
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IPhone won't play recently downloaded (from iTunes) music

Hi All~

So I recently got a new iPhone (to replace one that had a bad battery), and I noticed that two or three of the albums I purchased on iTunes won't play. The program takes me to the song screen and it shows the amount of time on the countdown timer/bar, but the song won't start (and it's not on pause, as the pause sign is visible as if it's playing). I tried fast forwarding, nothing. I can't figure out why these albums are not playing when the vast majority of my music plays fine.

Also the same albums that won't play on my iPhone play beautifully on my actual computer (through iTunes).

Help!
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Old Jun 24, 2012, 04:06 AM   #15
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Why in the world won't my iPhone 4s play a bunch of songs that it has played hundreds of times before? Same phone, same songs.
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Old Jun 25, 2012, 04:03 PM   #16
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Why in the world won't my iPhone 4s play a bunch of songs that it has played hundreds of times before? Same phone, same songs.
I'm having the same issue. Resetting my phone worked for a few songs, but not all. Annoying. The Apple store told me I need to do a full system restore as the next troubleshooting tip. I am not going to be home for the next three weeks, so its a little impractical (but not impossible...)
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Old Jun 25, 2012, 07:32 PM   #17
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I'm having the same issue. Resetting my phone worked for a few songs, but not all. Annoying. The Apple store told me I need to do a full system restore as the next troubleshooting tip. I am not going to be home for the next three weeks, so its a little impractical (but not impossible...)
They told me the same thing!! rotten our nets to slow to do it too!! ;(

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Old Jul 13, 2012, 09:03 PM   #18
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iPhone 4s same thing

I switched from an iPhone 4 to 4S and the same thing was happening to me. I think I figured out what to do. I went to the music app under songs then hit store in the upper left corner. Once in the store hit purchased and then I had to download every song from the cloud back onto my phone. All of my CD music is working fine it was just the purchased music that wasn't working. I hope this helps.
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