iTunes cannot read contents of jailbroken iPod Touch

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  1. tnsmart macrumors 6502

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    I have recently jailbroken my iPod Touch and been able to sync it with iTunes a few times since then (although it restarted every time afterwards for some reason).
    Now, when i plug it in, I get a message: "iTunes cannot read the contents of the iPod "[iPod Name]". Go to the Summary tab in ipod preferences and click Restore to restore this iPod to factory settings."
    I don't want to restore it because it will remove the jailbreak and everything i've done with it.
    Any idea how to fix this?
     
  2. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    I thought I read that Apple has said jailbroken devices are going to be considered illegal. If that's the case, I'm not sure you can ask for help here.

    Only thing I can tell you is to retore it and use the software meant for the device.
     
  3. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    If MacRumors cared about that then there sure as hell wouldn't be an iPhone Hacks and iPod touch Hacks section, would there? They're about nothing but jailbreaking.

    Apple has said that they want to make it so that using modified software (jailbreaking) on their devices is illegal, but so far they haven't done anything to actually make it illegal. Them merely stating "we want to make it illegal" does not make it so, and it takes many months/years for this sort of thing to become real.

    But basically, my first paragraph said it all. If MacRumors had a problem with you posting advice about jailbreaking, then they wouldn't have these hacks forums to begin with. Logic.
     
  4. tnsmart thread starter macrumors 6502

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    anyways… does anyone have an answer to my question?
    Of note, my iPod, and all the pictures on it, shows up fine in iPhoto.
     
  5. jmann macrumors 604

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    Normally I would suggest running "aptbackup" to backup all the stuff you downloaded through cydia, but since you can't sync your device with the computer you are out of luck really. I would make note of what jailbroken stuff you downloaded, then force the device into DFU mode and do a restore/rejailbreak it. Do you have a Mac or a PC?
     
  6. tnsmart thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the help. I have a mac and I just started the restore. I think i'll remember everything i've downloaded through Cydia. And it actually, after giving me the message that the contents can't be read, lets me restore it without DFU mode. I just wish I knew why it did this so that I could avoid it next time. Anyways, thanks for the help.
     
  7. jmann macrumors 604

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    Yeah usually a DFU restore works fine, even if the iPod seems "bricked", there are many reasons that could've happened. Just make sure that you have your iTunes and Mac updated to the latest versions to avoid any problems. :)
     
  8. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    yyyeah just go for a restore and do it right next time
     
  9. tnsmart thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The only problem is that I don't know what I did wrong. Everything is updated to the latest software.

    Anyways, I restored my iPod and it seemed to remove the jailbreak (Cydia, and everything else is gone), however, the battery percentage that I had turned on in BossPrefs still remains. Anyone know how this happened?
     

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  10. bradenwh macrumors 6502

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    You could have just deleted the Media folder in /var/mobile/. That would've fixed it. Then you just sync back all your stuff.

    No need for a restore. Too late now, however.
     
  11. bradenwh macrumors 6502

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    You restored from a backup. That puts back the numerical battery status.
    And this situation with iTunes has nothing to do with jailbreaking or anything like that. Sometimes, some of the media partition gets corrupted on the phone, and deleted the folder /var/mobile/Media fixes it. You didn't do anything wrong.
     
  12. tnsmart thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm new to jailbreaking so forgive me if this is a stupid question, but how would I delete the folder /var/mobile/Media? Through the Mobile Finder app? Thanks for the tip, that probably explains why my iPod said there was no music on it, which I forgot to mention.
     
  13. bradenwh macrumors 6502

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    Yeah. You could do it with MobileFinder.
     
  14. jmann macrumors 604

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    You can also remove the folder using ssh and a ssh client like cyberduck (mac only).
     
  15. mfcirca17 macrumors newbie

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    ive read a few forums, and they all tell me that i have to go to var/root/media/itunes control and to delete itunes control, but i can never find it where it tells me to look, i find it in another spot. i have a 2gen 8gb ipod touch jailbroken. i got a program to transfer my songs and videos to my itunes after i reformatted my laptop, and it then it stopped connecting. will deleting the media file delete all the music and videos on my ipod? thats what im really trying to avoid otherwise i would have just restored it.
    please help me out
     

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