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With the new Apple iOS 8.4 our friends in Cupertino decided to add “enhancements” to our music with Apple Music. Unfortunately, if you turn on iCloud Music with Apple Music to get enhancements it can in turn can and most likely will delete some of your music and Playlists. For me it deleted ALL of my Playlists from my iPhone, but not from my iTunes on my computer.
Of course I didn’t know until I looked for my Playlist that I created for my son when he is having trouble sleeping and it was gone. Not just that one, but every single Playlist I had created over the many years I have had iTunes on my computer. Well, I flipped a gasket at this point, but when I got to the point of sanity again I said to myself “what deleted them from my phone?” One of the first things I thought was one of my kids hit something while playing Lego’s or SpongeBob. Problem is they never click an “okay” button or anything that isn’t part of the game that they have played with me at least a few times before I let them go with it themselves.
By this time I finally gotten to the point that I was going to just sync everything back. This is where the kicker hit me. I plugged the iPhone into the computer, went to the Music part of the Sync to select the “sync ALL music to my iPhone” it wasn’t there. In its place was the big bold message that my music was synced with my “iCloud Library” and no choice to select what I wanted to Sync. Since I had read about the “My Music” and looked it over with a glance after the initial iOS upgrade I decided to give the My Music the free trial last week. I didn’t see that turning on the iCloud Library was going to delete anything. It was enhanced features and just supposed to be music selected for me with these cute bubbles with artist in that I chose.
Since I couldn’t see a way to sync the music back I thought that it had to be a setting in the iPhone that was causing my Desktop iTunes client to present the iCloud Music Library message. Low and behold when I went into my Setting > Music did I find the screen pictured here. If you make sure to turn off the ones circled in Red you will be able to plug your phone back into your computer, let iTunes load and see the old Sync Music page to re-sync your Playlist or any missing music. I turned off Apple Music as a whole for my iPhone as you can see in the picture.
It is completely out of my thought process as a SysAdmin and a beta tester for many programs that this wasn’t caught. This is a major issue that someone has had before. In fact, after a little Google Search I found multiple web sites with info and a discussion post on the Apple Forums from users with the problem. One of the web sites is one that I read and follow on Twitter, but had missed this article on iPhone in Canada. I wish I had paid better attention and Gary I will from now on. I had not used the feature until last week and didn’t notice the problem until tonight when I went to use the Playlist I created for my son.
I love my iPhone, I really dislike Apple as a company.
Back in February I received a phishing attempt for my account on Wikipedia. I knew it was a phishing attack because Wikipedia thought it was probably me when the IP address that was used to request my password reset. If anyone reads Graham Cluley they would know enough about hackers and stupid end user tricks to realize that it doesn’t have to really be me to hack me with this type of password attempt method that is very obvious.
While I am in IT and work with F5’s, security and servers in my position as a System Administrator, I do care that someone else could get nabbed in a phishing scam. so, being the proactive I thought I would give Wikipedia a heads up and that they may look into it as they gave me an IP address in the UK as the one that had asked for the password reset. Hum, I live in the US, have never left the country except for a few visits to Niagara Falls and a cruise to the Bahamas both when I was in my teens or early 20’s. Let me see, that would make it the late 70’s or early 80’s so I don’t think I was logged into a Wikipedia account at that time. You would think right?
You would also think that having a user, you have a pattern of log on attempts and IP’s from which they came from. This would eliminate that I was in the UK, or would trigger a security alert that would drop the request. At the very least it would send in wary email saying someone requested a reset from an IP in a location you have never tried to log in from before. Nah, instead I receive:
Someone (probably you, from IP address 22.214.171.124) requested a reset of your password for Wikipedia
Later in the email it says:
This temporary password will expire in 7 days.You should log in and choose a new password now. If someone else made this request, or if you have remembered your original password, and you no longer wish to change it, you may ignore this message and continue using your old password.
To me that is just ignoring the possible phishing attack, while the response was even more incredulous that I don’t think they take security very seriously to escalate it another level to verify a possible attack to other accounts from the same IP or range.
I don’t think there’s much we can do here – if you didn’t make the password reset request then it should be ignored.
This is why many companies are hacked. They don’t take it serious or choose stick their heads in the ground.Good security is more than changing your password.
I’ve been offline quite a bit the last year, with just a few posts here and there. A lot of my writings have been along the personal bent instead of technology, education and new technologies that are leading the field in education. With that in mind I will be separating the family and personal from the technology. I have another blog that I have started creating called “It Affects Me” I couldn’t get that URL, so I did a grammar no, no (sorry Michael) and called it http://iteffectsme.wordpress.com.
I plan to discuss it all, technology, education, coding, PowerShell and reviews of new technology.I have already found out that you cannot trust that what you would consider a good source to be one that will give you the time of day. What am I talking about? Here are teo examples. The first involves the @ScriptingGuys and this Tweet asking for help while whining a the same time: “What use is PS if I can’t run a program I’ve copied to 43 servers because of security in Win2012 Server R2?” I got some every helpful advise from @twiztedsteel who got me to the part I was leaving out.
The second was to @deployjeremy reading: “like the O365 #powershell tutorials. Looking for a script to add specific users to specific Groups. Staff to staff group, etc.” That was posted a month ago with no response at all. Not even an “I’m not sure.” That is completely unacceptable from someone who has a public presence on Microsoft’s Channel 9. Luckly in this case I used my AD skills to create a global Dynamic Security group that sync’s with Office365 in which I added all the needed users gythat group making them able to be a part of the group. It still needed some tweaking but its working. I’m hoping that the rest of the Powershell community is more helpful with questions than I have started out with.
I hope that everyone will visit both sites and enjoy them for what they are.