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iPhone iOS 5 / iOS 4.2 Problem: How to Get Your Music Back

Some iPhone owners who jumped to install the iOS 4.2 firmware update yesterday were greeted with an unwelcome surprise. Media including music, audio books, podcasts and videos disappear after the update is complete. iTunes still displays the storage space occupied by the media files, but they are nowhere to be found on the iPhone.

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Opening the iPod app simply says "No Content" and re-syncing with iTunes does not bring back the media library! Apparently something was overlooked by Apple, but lucky for iPhone owners the bug fix is quick and easy. Your music files are hidden but still stored on the device. Don't restore your iPhone or take drastic measures, just follow these simple steps:

How can I autofill my iPhone with music from iTunes?

You can fill up a portion or all of the empty storage space on your iPhone with songs from your iTunes library automatically. Here's how to use the autofill feature:

1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to the computer and iTunes is running.
2. On the Summary tab of the iPhone, make sure the box next to "Manually manage music and video" is checked. Click Apply. This step will not remove music already synced to your iPhone.
3. On the left side menu under DEVICES, click the arrow to the left of the iPhone to expand the iPhone contents.
4. Select Music from the expanded iPhone menu.

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How can I export my Shazam tagged songs list?

First of all, your iPhone must be jailbroken and running SSH. There is currently no built-in functionality in Shazam to export tagged songs or backup tagged songs to a web account.

SSH is free and can be found on the Cydia installer. Connect to your Wi-Fi network and look for the name of your network under Settings -> Wi-Fi. Select the blue arrow for more information about your network and make a note of the IP address of your iPhone.

Connect to your iPhone from a computer using an SSH client. The username is 'root' and the default password is 'alpine' to connect.

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