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iTunes Music Not Working? 3 Effective Ways to Fix It!

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October 23, 2017 (Updated: April 2, 2018)• Filed to: iTunes Issues

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Most people love Apple Music; however, it showcases a variety of problems at times. Are you running into issues such as iTunes music not working and want to find out the solutions? We take a look at how to address the biggest issues and how to fix them.
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iTunes Music Not Working? Fix it now!

iTunes is an excellent companion application to play your purchased music from Apple Store and also Synced songs from other devices and other major music sites. Sometimes you might fire up your iTunes application with so much enthusiasm and eagerness to listen to your music, but to your disappointment, you find that iTunes music is not playing. This occurs when you click play and nothing changes. The songs don’t start and seconds of any songs selected stays at 0:00 without moving. Let’s look at several aspects and instances of iTunes music not playing, why they occur and how to fix them.

1Purchased Music Won’t Play on iTunes: Why & How to fix?

Apple has stringent rules and limitations on purchased songs and media content. It only allows purchased music to be played on up to five authorized computers. Now the problem comes in when you hit this limit, and when you play songs on a sixth device they refuse to play.

Failure of purchased music not playing on iTunes can be fixed by deauthorizing one of the authorized computers and then authorizing the one you want to use. Also, you can upgrade to an iTunes plus user as there is no set limit for the number of devices.
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2Synced Music Will Not Play on iTunes: Why & How to fix?

People are always adventurous and always explore other possibilities in life. For iTunes users, it is not any different and purchasing music from Apple is not enough. People look for other alternatives such as music from various sites. However once downloaded and synced with iTunes these files fail to play.

This occurs because iTunes is designed to play specific file types and the downloaded files may end up being of different file formats. This issue can be solved by converting the unsupported files to the right supported formats using the right music conversion tools.
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iTunes Supported Music Formats
iTunes has been developed by Apple to support specific file formats including WAV, AAC, MP3, AIFF and Apple Lossless Encoder songs.

If you have music files with formats contrary to these on your playlist, then you will frequently encounter the annoying issue of iTunes music not working.

To fix this supported music format issues, all you have to do is convert those unsupported music formats to the files listed above which are supported by iTunes. Alternatively, you can change iTunes settings by clicking on Menu > Preferences... > General > Import Settings> Import Using so that any unsupported files you import or sync are converted to the defaulted encoder automatically.

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Using steps: Launch TunesMate on your pc > connect your iDevice > 1-Click Transfer iTunes Media to iDevice > Transfer.
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Issues Related with iTunes Music Not Working

Reported Apple Music Problems

Millions are using Apple music. We've also spent some serious time with the Apple music, and after initially giving it a warm reception, it has not won us completely. If you are one of the users planning to continue using Apple Music, there is an array of reported problems that you should know about. Some of them are minor, and others are considerable while others are very annoying to the users. These issues include;
• Unable to play music
• Unable to sync music
• Unable to login
• Unable to download
• Media is not supported errors
• Apple Music keeps randomly skipping songs
• Apple Music freezes and becomes unresponsive
• Receiving unexpected error 4010
• My music app failing to load any songs
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7 Ways to Fix Apple Music Not Working on iPhone/iPad/iPod

We all must admit that Apple music not working on our devices, disrupts our day to day comfort and equilibrium. If this situation sounds similar, we feel your frustration and hopefully, have a few tips to get your Apple Music back to normal.

1. Restart your Apple music app

To close your Music App, press the home button twice and then swipe up on it. Then relaunch the app, and this should solve some of the problems you are encountering

2. Airplane mode

Network issues may be causing problems with your Music App at certain times. To solve this, go to settings and turn on Airplane Mode. Wait for some time and the toggle it off, and this should solve the network issues that might be affecting login in or your downloads

3. Reset your network settings

Network issues may cause some of the problems like unable to login. To reset go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings

4. Updating your device and iTunes

Old iOS software versions and iTunes may be incompatible with the latest and up-to-date Music App leading to many problems which would, in turn, result in failure of the music app to work on your iPad or iPhone. To solve this download and install the latest iTunes and also upgrade your iPhone to the most recent compatible iOS version

5. Updating the Music App

On the other hand, an old music app and new iOS software versions may also cause issues leading to unnecessary problems with your music app. To avoid this, go to App Store > Updates > locate if there are any available updates for the music app > if available tap update and accept the Apple's new terms and conditions. This should then fix your Apple Music problem.

6. A forced restart

Apple Music App freezing and failing to respond to any action may be a significant software issue at hand affecting your iPhone or iPad. This can be solved by trying a forced restart on your device.
Hard reset your device by pressing the sleep/wake button and the home button I iPhone 6 and below and the volume down button in iPhone 7 up all at once. Continue holding them until you see an apple logo and then let go and wait for the device to restart on its own automatically

7. Factory resetting your iPhone or iPad

You might try all the above fixes to no avail. If this is the case, then you have a last resort solution of resetting your iDevice to factory device which will wipe out all the data and remove any bug or virus affecting the normal functioning of your iPhone. This will, in turn, solve any problem affecting the music App. To do a factory reset

Step 1: Click on the settings icon from the iPhone’s app drawer
Step 2: Choose General > Reset > Erase All Contents and Settings
Step 3: After a prompt message indicating that this will delete all media and data and reset all settings appears, confirm by clicking “Erase iPhone.”
Step 4: After that, your iPhone will factory reset and restart

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