Hrmmm, all my music and video disappeared...

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by sandman42, May 12, 2008.

  1. sandman42 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    Went to use my Touch the other day, and was surprised to discover there was no music under the music menu. I tried the video menu and same thing; I got the screen that says there's no content but you can get it from the ITMS, etc. All my photos, contacts, calendar, etc were ok.

    I opened the 'About' screen under 'Settings' --> 'General', and it said zero songs and zero videos, but my 'Available' memory indicated they were still taking up space (I had only 2Gb of 32Gb available). I tried rebooting, but no help. Eventually had to restore through iTunes and re-sync. That fixed the problem, but left me wondering. Happened to anyone else?
  2. roweathers macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2008
    Heck yeah this happened to me, but worse

    Same deal... had 700+ songs one day, simply ALL gone the next. What is worse and just bad karma is that I had lost my HD about 1 week earlier. Of course I had not backed up either device. HD is off at high tech recovery center, but I am not given much hope of any recovery.

    What would it hurt Apple and the iTUNES store to allow me to download all my songs ago!!!!!!!!!!! Think I will open a new thread on this last comment.
  3. orpheusmyth macrumors member

    May 10, 2008
    Same problem here. I can't understand what a hell happened here. All my music went to "other" space. Does already anyone knows whats happening?

    After my iPod Touch went nuts, I've done some research, and I think, that this problem was due to bad removal of the device. Every time you unplug a pen, you should remove it on the remove devices etc... Same thing here. I think that due to the fact I didn't ejected the iPod from iTunes, it caused the glitch or problem.
  4. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    First off, are these jailbroken?

    cuz if they are ive seen a large number of ppl install swaptunes unknowingly and "delete" their libraries accidently.
  5. sandman42 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    I think my USB cable might be at fault. A couple times I've moved my iPod while it was connected (charging only), and it started syncing all by itself. Cable could be flaky, but when my music disappeared I don't remember anything like that happening. Might have.

    No, mine's not. Just straight out-of-the-box software/firmware on mine.
  6. Eärendil Guest


    It has happened to me before, but only on windows formatted ipods after they are connected to a great mac, just connect them to a windows, if it does not help, get all your music back with 3d party software and restore.
  7. orpheusmyth macrumors member

    May 10, 2008
    I think it's a itunes problem. I've checked some foruns and other users with diferent ipod versions and models, have the same problem. itunes it's still a
    cr#p. I hope that the new firmware bring the possibility of using the touch as an external drive withou using the itunes.
  8. HKeleher macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2008
    I'm curious... does this happen to non-jailbroken devices? Was this a problem with versions of firmware prior to 1.1.4?

    I sometimes wonder if it's the infamous USB erase issue that sometimes occur when you unplug a device without ejecting it but I doubt it since the media is technically not gone (and this has never happened to me before on other USB devices.) I used iPod Access for Windows the first time this happened to recover everything from my Touch prior to a restore. It would appear the missing media is due to a corruption in the /var/mobile/Media/iTunes_Control/iTunes/iTunesDB file. Deleting this file allowed my Touch to be recognized by iTunes again... However, this caused other problems leaving the rest of the items in the surrounding folders (such as the old music/videos being seen as "Other" files and when syncing anew the old media is not overwritten so this is not enough to fix the issue, I wish it was though!)

    I have a LOT of applications and configuration settings that restoring my iPod Touch takes a looooong time and I loath to start from scratch every few weeks or once a month. Honestly there isn't anything wrong with any of my other applications except according to my Touch I have no music or videos (even though they still exist on the device.) WiFi works, calendar, mail, weather, downloaded apps, etc, etc are still fully functional.

    If you're device is jailbroken then you might find the following to be useful for getting your music and video back on. I use the manual sync option:

    1. Make sure you have all of your music and videos imported and recognized in iTunes so that they will not require any manual changes prior to sync.
    2. Ssh as root to your Touch (requires jailbreak, BSD subsystem and SSH) and remove the /var/mobile/Media/iTunes_Control. This removes all music, videos, artwork, etc. Syntax would be "rm -r /var/mobile/Media/iTunes_Control" without the quotes. This is applicable on the 1.1.4 firmware (and maybe 1.1.3, not sure.) Older firmware I believe the folder is /var/root/Media/iTunes_Control but you'll need to determine this yourself. Boss tools used to have an app that did this but it was for older firmware (perhaps there is an updated one but I've not found it yet.)
    3. When you plug this back into your computer iTunes will recognize the devices as new and ask to start from scratch or restore. I choose to set it up as a new device which is all we need since all music and videos are gone but the rest of the device settings are still fine. Restoring will revert some of your other configuration settings and may make a mess depending on the last time your device backed up.
    4. Sync your music, video, podcasts and pictures (you have to redo pictures even though they are fine on the device because the new DB has no knowledge of them. New syncs will require the old ones be deleted as a result so you might as well do it when you sync the rest and get it over with.)
    Depending on the size of your device (mine is 32GB) and the amount of media you have on it will this can take anywhere from 1-4 hours. This is still better than several days and forgetting half the things you had on it prior to the missing music/videos. The next time this occurs I'll work on a better way to do this but for now this is a clear and certain way to get things back to the way they were without having to go through too much trouble or worry about any mess left behind.

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