iOS suddenly deleted all my music while on the go

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by skeleb, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. skeleb macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2011
    While I was waiting for the train and listening to music on my iPhone 4 (iOS 6.1.3), the music suddenly stopped playing. I then checked the Music app and was surprised to see that it says I don't have any content (songs) on my phone anymore.

    Did a boot and checked again, everything gone. Settings -> General -> About shows I have 0 songs on my device.

    I did a bit of googling and didn't find any similar issues. Has this happened to any of you before?
  2. dhlizard macrumors G4


    Mar 16, 2009
    The Jailbreak Community
    If you are backed up to iTunes or iCloud, just restore it to your device.
  3. delphus macrumors newbie


    Dec 4, 2012
    It happened to me long time ago when I was using 3GS. Same thing. Music stop in some sort of hang then when it came back I had no music at all. Like 29gb of music suddenly gone. I had to sync all back again and I could never explain what the heck happened that day.

    Sorry not being able to clarify. If it helps it only happened once in my 5 years of iPhones.

    Also I must tell you that what intrigues me the most is that appears to me that old libraries like when you have all your music there for months, some music start to jitter for no reason. I've checked original files and there is no jitter but inside iPhone it jitters. I've erased it and with another sync it was back to the phone and ok. No jitters. I had the same experience with iPods.

    Sorry for the offtopic.

  4. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    I dont believe that iCloud backs up your music unless you have Match turned on. Are you doing Match - or did you turn it on - with Match you have to download your music to your device.

    If you aren't running Match then, I believe, music is only on iTunes and then synced to your device - music isn't then in the cloud.
  5. skeleb thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2011
    I already restored the music to my phone so the problem is gone, but I'm more interested in how on earth this happened. Google offered so little results on this so I had to ask here... Maybe someone with more knowledge will fill us in on this someday. :)
  6. ewilson6 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2006
    Static electricity or a strong magnetic flow erased your music from flash memory.
  7. TheRainKing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2012
    Same thing happened to me a few years ago on my iPhone 3G or iPod touch 3rd generation (can't remember which).

    I had just left the house and pulled my iPod/iPhone out to listen to some music and it said I had none. :mad:

    Then I just went back home and synced and it all came back.

    It's one of the most bizarre iOS bugs, and clearly it hasn't been fixed lol.
  8. ijohn.8.80 macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2012
    Adelaide, Oztwaylya.
    Does it happen to be an electric train that you were waiting for? Were you close to one of the power poles or a transformer box? Did a train happen to pass by shortly before? Electrical surges can do strange things, well not really strange if you understand some rudimentary physics...
  9. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    doubt random electrical interference would've wiped OP's music collection and nothing else.
  10. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    sometimes the database just gets corrupted, it may have been trying to update play count, something went a bit off, and just borked the whole thing.

    if you had looked at the available space on the phone, it probably would have appeared the music was still there, (i.e. the music was still taking up space in storage), it's just that the music app didn't know what was there.

    i highly doubt that a stray electric charge (static or otherwise) made it through your phone, and selectively deleted the music.
  11. ijohn.8.80 macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2012
    Adelaide, Oztwaylya.
    I was wondering if an EMF may have wreaked havoc on an integral part of the music files structure and then the device wiped it all as a safety measure.
  12. skeleb thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2011
    Same thing happened again on Wednesday-Thursday night. Phone was sitting on my desk the whole night and they were all gone when I woke up.

    All music and ringtones gone, Settings -> General -> About section shows 0 songs and free space up by around 4GB (amount of music on my device). I'm starting to think this is a damn rare software bug in iOS 6.1.3. Started a few days after I updated.

    I am not sending any Diagnostics & Usage data to Apple so unfortunately they can't be of any help, so I'll just sit tight and enjoy my phone when it works! :D
  13. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Is there an Android device nearby? Is this another round in the Google vs. Apple battle where Google has found another way to distroy Apple stuff?;):D:rolleyes:
  14. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    could be something went a bit off in the update, your best bet might be to do a clean install, and not restore from backup.
    at least it lets you start fresh :) and clear out some of the extra stuff you don't use.

    i recommend taking screen shots of you app placement, to kinda get everything back to where it was.

    my phone did something odd during a sync last year, it would run out of battery in 4 hours, even just sitting in my pocket. a fresh install straightened everything out, i think at that time i had settings that had been restored from a 1st get -> 3g -> 4, so a fresh start was in order.
  15. Mrg02d macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2012
    Could be possible, but I'd guess unlikely. A cell phone ought be pretty well shielded from EMF since it emits it. The field from some device at a distance should be very weak as well...I'd guess file corruption from a freak iOS hiccup.

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