All of my music and videos are gone!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mrat93, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. mrat93 macrumors 65816


    Dec 30, 2006
    I had this issue directly before updating to 2.0.2 and updating didn't make it better.

    All music and videos on my iPhone (3G) have suddenly vanished.

    In the "About" screen it shows 0 songs and 0 movies and 200 photos. Capacity: 14.6gb. 6.4gb available.

    iTunes shows: 6.64gb music. 1.06gb video. 26.2mb photos. 524.2mb other. 6.41gb free space.

    I will restore after my backup ends (which should be in a couple hours.)

    Anybody else having this issue? Any fixes?
  2. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    assuming you have all your contacts/calendar backed up, I would restore, but not from a backup. Set it up as a new phone and double check each tab in the sync options. You will lose your SMS and any photos you have not synched.
  3. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Yes. Many are. Restore typcially does the trick, but the problem may return. Sorry to see it also happens on 2.0.2. Some attribute to app updates directly on the phone, and other to a bad app.
  4. HawaiiMacAddict macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2006
    On one of my Macs of course
    Aloha mrat93,

    You do NOT have to restore. I ran into this problem several times, and I finally figured out how to resolve it. Simply:

    1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac and fire up iTunes (if it isn't running already).

    2. In the Applications tab, deselect all applications, such that they will be deleted off of your iPhone.

    3. Now that your iPhone is in "stock" condition, eject it from within iTunes (disconnect the sync cable), then reconnect the cable to resync your iPhone with iTunes.

    4. This sync will create an initial backup, which will last around 1 minute. After the sync is complete, add all desired apps via iTunes (check them in the Applications tab), then repeat step 3.

    5. This time, the backup should take a bit longer, as it is creating an initial backup for all of the installed apps. Once the backup has been created, repeat step 3.

    6. For this sync, and all subsequent syncs, the backup process should take anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes total, depending on the number of apps added to, or deleted from, your iPhone since the last backup. Each of these subsequent backups are incremental in nature, or at least it appears so thus far.

    The main issue is the firmware and the apps themselves. I couldn't figure out a causal relationship previously, but it seems that the DRM on the apps is firmware-specific. In other words, once you update the firmware, you'll have to re-install the apps for them to work properly. I did not find a causal relationship between this behavior and the deletion of all iPod and photo content, however. I think that something has caused corruption within iTunes, or at least the .xml file that resides on the iPhone, with each firmware upgrade starting with 2.0.1.

    I did this with my iPhone, as I was frustrated with having to restore my iPhone 5 times just last week - I had to find a better way of keeping my media on my iPhone. I hope this works for you as well as it is currently working for me.


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