October 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

Apple’s New ‘Music’ App Replaces ‘iPod’… and Deletes Music?

iphone music appSay goodbye to “iPod” — say hello to “Music.”

As suspected, Apple changed the name of its music player app, found on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, during its recent iOS 5 launch. It’s now known simply as “Music.” The company stopped short of canceling the iPod Classic, although that’s likely on its way out for reasons mentioned here.

After our arduous iOS 5 upgrade, during which our iPhone was bricked — and therefore approximately as useful as many Blackberrys were yesterday — we noticed that Apple’s deletion of the word “iPod” from the iPhone was accompanied by another, more confusing deletion: of our music.

apple ipod app becomes musicI can’t remember how many songs were stored on my iPhone, but with this update to iOS 5, they’re deleted (see screenshot to the right), even after all of the syncing I’ve done – which was a lot.

Apple managed to restore my apps even after my iPhone was unable to boot up for hours yesterday afternoon… so why not the music?

This will likely remain a mystery, because it’s notoriously difficult to receive answers from Apple about this sort of thing. But we noticed it, so there it is: The iOS 5 update deletes music, or at least it did in our case, and we don’t know why.

Apple's iOS 5 upgrade restored our apps, so why is our music gone?

What we do know is that developers can build apps that play the music stored on an iPhone, and that Apple released an API (application programming interface) that lets third-party developers integrate their apps with iCloud.

Updating an iPad this morning, we saw this message, missing from yesterday's iPhone update. Weird.

At some point after I transfer some music back onto this iPhone, I look forward to seeing what developers can build to play songs stored locally on the iPhone, and quite possibly from iCloud too.

For now, this iPhone is tuneless.

  • Guest

    Weird rename. Where are videos played from?

  • Erikae Bechara

    I want my music back. I was only able to get back the songs i bought off itunes by clicking on the icon n finding them amongst my purchases but that leave me with 5 songs back and 695 missing. I can see them on my laptop but they just dont sync.It is SO frustrating!! I want to cry! My music is everything :’(

  • Anonymous

    It seems that the new software essentially resets the phone to factory settings before re-installing the data it backed up on your computer prior to the update.  Everything comes back, including music.  Just keep your pants on.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5XF3HVOGK3PRLHW77ABQZLGWUU AlexK

    Does anyone know what happened to the song progress bar that was on the iPhone’s iPod app? I was also able before to control music plaid on the iPod even when the screen was locked and this is no longer the case. Unless I am missing something, the new Music app is inferior to the old iPod app.

  • Guest

    The iPod Touch has had these settings since the beginning – Music and Videos are two separate apps that are (or were) combined into an iPod app for the iPhone (and I’m assuming for the iPad as well).

  • Gregggor

    Same issue

  • Andy Wise

    I have exactly the same issue -  strangely the playlists are there but no songs!
    All my contacts have dissapeared – but I expect that is Apple helpfuly synchronising with an empty contacts on the iCloud :-) – joy!  Wish I had not selected that option.
    The songs I can only put down tot he fact I “manually manage” my songs rather than synchronising them all as I have too many songs for my phone.