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Why does the iPad Mini not have music play count?

992 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 12:06 PM by Katrina UK RSS
Katrina UK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 18, 2012 7:28 AM

I bought an iPad Mini and also have a macbook. I had listened to various music on my iPad Mini the other day, however when I connected the iPad Mini to the Macbook and iTunes via the lightning connector to sync, it synced the ratings I gave the songs I listened to on the mini, but no play count, as if I had not listened to anything. I hope there is something I can do about this as I often look at my play count!!

macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.8), PC Desktop using Windows XP, service pack 2
  • tomyiiii Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 7:51 AM (in response to Katrina UK)

    It does but you won't be able to see it when using the iPad.

  • tomyiiii Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 9:34 AM (in response to Katrina UK)

    Does it even really matter...?

  • Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 10:30 AM (in response to tomyiiii)

    Katrina UK

     

    It should work work but these kind of bugs pop up between updates, both hardware and software. Try closing all apps in the recently used list on the iPad. Double tap the Home button, tap and hold one of the icons at the bottom till they wiggle then tap the to close them. Tap the Home button to get back to the Home screen then hold the sleep button till you see the slide to power off message. Once it has powered down completely hold the Sleep button till the Apple icon appears.

     

     

    Does it even really matter...?

     

     

    Many people including myself rely on playcounts to control smart playlist to manage large libraries. Smart playlists can be created to show your most or least played tracks and used more or less as your favorites or other uses. Along with playcounts the date is transferred so to keep a fresh list of music on my smaller iPods a smart playlist set to songs not played in the last month keeps some fresh tunes on it.

     

    Playcounts are also used to manage Podcasts in iTunes to delete older episode. Bookmarks, which can also be effected by this, can mess up audiobooks, movies and podcast playback between different devices. So yes, it does matter.

  • tomyiiii Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    But she is only talking about the view counts on music, not podcasts or videos.

  • Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 12:11 PM (in response to tomyiiii)

    Music, podcasts, videos, books, the same feature is controlled by the same functions of iTunes. If it is not working for one media type it is probably broken for the others. Regardless of the media type, playcounts and playback history do matter for some. Just because it may not make difference in your setup doesn't mean it is useless data for everyone else.

  • Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 12:19 PM (in response to Katrina UK)

    Double tap the Home button, tap and hold one of the icons at the bottom till they wiggle then tap the to close them. Tap the Home button to get back to the Home screen then hold the sleep button till you see the slide to power off message. Once it has powered down completely hold the Sleep button till the Apple icon appears.

    You are tapping and holding the icons on the Home screen. If you see the red (X) on the apps in the home page you are not tap and holding on the right icons. First double tap the Home button to reveal the recently used apps at the bottom of the screen. Then tap and hold one of the icons at the bottom only. The minus icon should only appear on the apps in the bottom list.

     

    It may not be necesary to close all these apps but I have found some apps do not close properly and cause issues unless you go through the procedures outlined here.

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