If you’re an iPhone 3GS owner running iOS 5, you may have encountered the same problem that my wife and I have: you’re walking, running, or generally enjoying life while listening to your favorite song in your 3GS’s playlist when, at the completion of a song, there’s silence. It’s as if you inadvertently hit “Pause.”
Naturally, you do what we do, and double-click your home button to bring the music controls to the locked iPhone screen and tap the “Play/Pause.” Nothing. Okay, you think, let’s “Forward” to the next song, and you tap the right-facing double arrows. Still nothing. “Rewind”?? Zilch. So then you wonder what they heck is going on!
After surveying the iSource team, scouring the web, and even posting a request for help at Apple’s Discussion Board, I think I have a pretty good idea how to work around this lockout that crashes the new iOS 5 Music app.
You may be thinking, Jeez, if he says force quit and start it up again, I’ve already tried that! you’d be right to be irritated because we did the same thing. Unfortunately, that’s not a sure fix – sometimes a force quit (tap and hold an app icon until it wiggles, and then tapping the icon’s red “x” to force it to stop functioning) will intermittently solve the problem. But in both mine and my wife’s experience, the more frequently we used a force-quit, the less likely relaunching the Music app would work!
Instead, the issue seems to be in how iOS 5 handles the cover album images (as in Cover Flow view – turning the iPhone landscape to see the pictures of albums). My poking around the web revealed that the absence of an image for a song’s album scrambles the way the Music app plays the song. This results in the wrong album cover image displayed on a song that’s playing, or the Music app seizing and crashing.
Until Apple releases a fix in a future iOS 5 update, the tip is a workaround: create a playlist of only songs that have album cover art. This should at least prevent the iPhone from freezing while playing your songs. It has worked in our household and my wife can now resume her exercise routine while listening to some of her music. Is this perfect? No. But neither is running a 5K without music.
What about you? Let us know what methods have worked for you!
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