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Question: iOS system using 115 GB storage — all my music

At some point this evening, the music files on my iPad (or the storage space they use) seem to have been somehow sucked into the System because "System" is showing storage of 115.7 GB in Settings > General > iPad Storage.


I keep all my ripped music on my iPad but I can no longer see them in the Music app, only the few iTunes purchases I've made.


I've powered off the iPad several times, as well as done a soft reset (Home/Power Button) with no luck.


Anyone ever see this? If so, is there any resolution short of a restore from backup?

iMac (27-inch, Late 2013), macOS Sierra (10.12.1)

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Mar 15, 2018 11:20 PM in response to Scott Spinola In response to Scott Spinola

Won't let me edit the post. Additional info and screenshot:


I upgraded to 11.2.6 last week sometime and have been listening to music on my iPad at work most of this week and on the ride home after work today, so this just started happening tonight.

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Mar 15, 2018 11:20 PM

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Mar 16, 2018 6:43 AM in response to MichelPM In response to MichelPM

Yes I did. Thanks. Like I said in my original post, I powered off and also did a reset with the power/home button. Neither worked. I did a restore from backup but, unfortunately, iTunes only keeps the latest backup and the backup had the problem on it.

Mar 16, 2018 6:43 AM

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Mar 16, 2018 7:48 AM in response to Scott Spinola In response to Scott Spinola

I think I found a solve short of a full restore.


I remembered that there was a problem with one of my syncs so maybe iOS pushed all my music files into some system cache (that's a wild guess). Since I was certain (because of the huge size) that the issue was with my music files I deleted the Music app. That dropped the storage size for System to a much more reasonable ~8GB, and it stayed in that range when I re-downloaded the Music app. I'm syncing back all my music now. Let's hope the issue's resolved.

Mar 16, 2018 7:48 AM

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