I'm running iOS 5.0.1, no jailbreaks, customizations etc.

Last night I synced some of my music (I manually manage my videos and music). Probably transferred about 5.8 GBs of music.

This morning, I try to open up the native music app to listen; it doesn't load a single list view, just crashes. I get to work and plug in my iPod and iTunes is able to read and play all my files, so it seems that the music app is the problem.

I'm wondering if anyone else had this problem or a potential fix that does not involve wiping all of my music off my iPod.

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    I assume that since you say you sync music, you don't subscribe to iTunes Match? I've seen similar issues, and wondered if it was due to iTunes Match or not. Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 16:27
  • Does the problem persist after you've rebooted the iPod? Have you synched it with more than one iTunes library, and if so are they all the same version of iTunes (or at least close)?
    – da4
    Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 17:52
  • I do not subscribe to iTunes Match. And I have rebooted.
    – K-RAN
    Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 17:58

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It seems to be a software based issue. I would suggest backing up and restoring the device using these steps. I know you are wary about erasing all your music, but you can back it up to iTunes before doing this. Make sure you set it up as a new device so as not to transfer any old software back to the phone after the restore.

  • What if I don't have any of the music that's on the iPod on my work computer? The whole point of this question was to just prevent the crashing before I go on my long commute home :P
    – K-RAN
    Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 22:27
  • If you don't have any of the content on the computer you're restoring to, you can use a piece of software called Music Rescue. This allows you to copy music from an iPod, iPhone or iPad to a computer.
    – Matt Love
    Commented Feb 14, 2012 at 0:22

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