Fix for broken music app + guide to updating for a jailbreak to keep all data

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by heyyitzmelissa, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. heyyitzmelissa, Jan 20, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012

    heyyitzmelissa macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2012
    Some if you can't play most of your music in the This is because you had preexisting music on the iPhone 4S/iPad 2 when you ran Absinthe. The way Absinthe works is that it creates backups (that's why it takes so long if you have a lot of data). In the process of creating these backups, it deletes most, if not all, of your music in the iTunes_Control folder. Most who report this issue had iTunes Match on prior to jailbreaking.

    Here's the solution: Turn off iTunes Match on your iDevice AND iTunes on your computer. Now open and manually delete EVERY song by swiping to the right and pressing the red delete. It might be faster if you deleted Artists or Albums instead of individual songs. You now have a choice. 1) With iTunes Match still off on both devices, sync the music on your computer with your iDevice just like before you had iTunes Match. Or the slower way, 2) just turn on iTunes Match now on the iDevice and computer and manually download every song on your iDevice from the cloud.

    Now all your music will work because there's not just a cached version of it on your iDevice, but an actual file.


    The purpose of this guide: if you want to keep your jailbroken device's settings and transfer everything untouched to your updated firmware iDevice or an upgraded iDevice. This works for all iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad.

    From this point on, I will refer to the non-updated/old device as "old" and updated/new device as "new"

    1. If you are jailbroken and want to keep ALL jailbroken apps and their settings, open PKGBackup (you can save to AddressBook or Dropbox but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DROPBOX) and select everything you want to backup. I do not recommend backing up content in AppStore Apps. But you absolutely want Installed packages, Preference files (those are where the jailbreak data settings are saved), and all the User Sources. Turn off iTunes Match.

    2. Plug in the old and right click the device on the left in iTunes and Transfer Purchases. When it's done, Sync and Back Up.


    You may need to show hidden files and folders. To do this in Windows, press Alt to show the toolbar (you may not need to do this in some cases), hit Tools, Folder Options, View tab, Check the box to show all hidden files and folders. To see Library on OS X, in Finder, hit Go then press Option.

    If you have a Mac, go to

    ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup

    Two-finger click your backup (if you have many devices, check the correct UDID. If you do not know what you UDID is, click on the serial number in Info in iTunes) and COPY it. Now paste the file to the desktop so now you have two copies of your backup.

    If you have a PC, go to

    YourComputerName/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup

    Right-finger click your backup (if you have many devices, check the correct UDID. If you do not know what you UDID is, click on the serial number in Info in iTunes) and COPY it. Now paste the file to the desktop so now you have two copies of your backup.


    If you are updating firmware to jailbreak the same device and not using another device, restore to the firmware you want to jailbreak (5.0.1). If you are using a new device, just have it on 5.0.1 or 5.0 if you're using iPhone 4S and want to have the ability to unlock later. Go to the Welcome screen on the device (don't send diagnostic details to Apple), do NOT restore from backup or anything just yet. Just jailbreak your device with the tool (Absinthe).

    When it's done, go into Cydia and install PKGBackup. Open PKGBackup and View Restore and restore all packages and ALL PREFERENCE FILES. It may show a fraction that isn't equal to 1 (like 45/67 or 78/90 is not equal to 1; 67/67 or 90/90 is equal to 1) so hit the button in the top right to select All preference files. Now restore everything. Reboot when it prompts you to.

    Now you are ready to Restore from Backup in iTunes. This will put all your app data, text messges, system settings like Mail accounts, brightness settings, Camera roll, and icon layout like it was before after when we finish. After you restore from backup and sync all apps to your device, you may see apps out of place and messy layout. If this is the case, Restore from backup AGAIN. That should fix your icons to the way it was before.

    If you see any errors in grammar or procedure, please let me know so I can edit it. I hope this aids you in your future jailbreaking quests. This is a procedure I have used for MANY devices over a long period of time so I can have absolutely the SAME settings and layout and data on my old device as my new. But now I am making my method public so you can have a flawless new jailbreak experience.
  2. heyyitzmelissa thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2012
  3. heyyitzmelissa thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2012
    Just making sure people see this before they go through with today's jailbreak. Not looking for replies/praise.
  4. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2010
    Nor Cal, USA
    I used this procedure today going from 4.3.3 to 5.0.1 on an iPad 2. it worked almost flawlessly.

    My tweak for slingplayer did not survive the backup, but other than that perfect. All of my settings and preferences were transferred.

    Procedure in a nutshell:

    -Make a PkgBackup to Dropbox
    -Make an iTunes backup
    -Update to 5.0.1 if applicable
    -Install PkgBackup and restore your backup from Dropbox
    -Restore iTunes backup
  5. heyyitzmelissa thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2012
    I have updated the guide to fix a lot of member's problems with music not playing.
  6. heyyitzmelissa thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2012
    Even after making this guide, im still seeing people ask how to fix the music app??:confused:
  7. hellomoto4 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2008
    Confirmed OP's solution/fix works. Thank you.
  8. FortWorthMac macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    the parched earth of North Texas
    Thanks to the OP for the information. But to clarify one thing. As one that is now already jailbroke and experiencing the issues, can one safely run the JB app again to fix the issue?

  9. nwlondonlad macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    UK London
    I didnt lose any of my music from my ipad 2.
    Maybe its cos i did the jailbreak on my mac but do all my syncs, backups from my pc :confused:
  10. Jase Winter macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2011
    I fixed my music problem by simply restoring in iTunes, setting up as a new phone, run jailbreak then restored my backup. Job done.
  11. heyyitzmelissa thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2012
    Just curious, did you have iTunes Match turned on on your device?

    Of course this will work, it's a longer version of my method. Instead of just deleting the cached songs and their footprint then putting the music back on, you're deleting the entire phone then putting the music back on. Much less efficient.
  12. mffl04 macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2011
  13. powerbuddy, Jan 22, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012

    powerbuddy macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2006
    hmmm...your solution doesn't work. Just un-sync and re-sync the songs in iTunes. Takes 2 minutes. Worked for me.
  14. Devil Dog 21 macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2011
    Kansas City
    Same here. Deleted songs, synced with iTunes and worked perfectly.
  15. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    This worked for me but when I bring up the multitasking bar and slide over to the volume and brightness page, the music app is a blank icon. For other audio apps it displays the normal icon but the music app is blank.

    Anyone else have this?
  16. Biff... macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2010
    Sherman Oaks, CA.
  17. RotaryP7 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2011
    Miami, FL
    My music works fine. I also had music while jailbreaking. This did however happen when I synced from a 4 to a 4S. When I restored from backup. All I did was delete all my music from the iPhone and resynced. I'm guessing that's the main issue here.
  18. Jmclark macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2009
    Windham, ME
    My music app is working VERY slowly when I try to change the song, and often freezes up every function on my iPhone. Will this fix that too?
  19. heyyitzmelissa thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2012
    Just because your solution works doesn't mean this doesn't work. You ever think there are two paths to a destination? Of course not, you brilliant Internet troll.
  20. TrulyYuki macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2010
    awesome. I was playing my iphone in the car on my way to work and noticed even though the ipod said it was playing nothing was coming from my speakers and the progress bar wasn't moving. LAME. Jumped onto macrumors the moment I got situated at work and BAM... Solution. I'll give it a try. Think there might be an update fix in cydia or something for this instead? I'm a user, not too savvy with the tweaking.

    I try to be my best.
  21. deathturtle macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2011
    Problem while deleting individual cached songs

    I had this issue with the after running the absinthe jailbreak as well, but while I was deleting the individual cached songs the alphabet bar to the right, as well as the individual letters separating the songs both disappeared. Songs still play fine on it now, however, after several full restores and backups I am still missing the letter bar to the right as well as the letters separating each into its respective "category". My iPhone music list looks more like an old fashioned ipod with everything as one long list as opposed to the more updated (how it should) look. any ideas on the problem?

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