Item Not Available : How come?

A few days ago, after syncing some tracks in to my iPhone, I wanted to play them but they were greyed out and I simply could not play them because I got an error message in the Music app stating “Item Not Available” but I could play them perfectly on iTunes. Crazy, right?

Basically, the reason for this is that the location of the file has got changed during the time of syncing (for some weird reason). Well, there is a simple way to fix this problem and today, I am going to share it with you.

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Figure 1 : Item Not Available on Music App [1]

Here’s how to get this issue resolved :

  1. Find the tracks that are not syncing with the Apple iPhone in iTunes.
  2. Right-click on the track and then click on “Delete From Library”.
  3. Next, click on “Delete Song” and then on “Move to Trash”.
  4. Open “Trash” and move the deleted files to any location (eg. Desktop).
  5. Finally, add the tracks to iTunes from that location by double-clicking on the files and sync them with your iPhone.

 

After following the steps given above, you should notice that the tracks are now playable on your iPhone.

Enjoy !

 

References :

[1] Quick Fix: Music Won’t Play on iPhone/iPod/iPad – iMobie Inc.. 2017. Quick Fix: Music Won’t Play on iPhone/iPod/iPad – iMobie Inc.. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.imobie.com/support/my-music-on-ipod-iphone-will-not-play.htm. [Accessed 13 March 2017].

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AAC : A Format that is As Good As mp3

A few days ago after updating the firmware of my Apple iPhone to iOS 10.2, I noticed that the storage capacity has decreased to 11.82 GB. As a result, I was getting the “Storage Almost Full” pop-up on my phone. I had only 0 kb of available storage. This is one of the nightmares of an owner of a 16 GB iPhone but there is a workaround for this.

In the iTunes library of my computer, most music files are in MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) format with a bit rate of 320 kbps. These consist of high quality audio and hence take up a lot of space if synced to an iPhone. For a compromise between file size and sound quality, all music files can be synced into the iPhone with AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) format. If you listen to an AAC audio file with a low bit rate (eg. 192 kbps), you can barely experience the difference in quality between that and an MP3 clip with 320 kbps bit rate, unlike an mp3 file with a low bit rate because the sound quality of an audio clip with a bit rate of 128 kbps will be very poor. However, I would not recommend AAC files with 128 kbps because the beats of certain songs cannot be heard the way they are meant to be heard.

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Figure 1 : iTunes Window indicating the position of the check box which has to be ticked for conversion of audio files

Here’s how you can sync all your music files in AAC format with a low bit rate while keeping the audio files as they are in your computer:

  1. Open iTunes and connect the iPhone to the PC / Mac.
  2. Click on “iOS device” button on iTunes
  3. In Summary page, check “Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC” and select “192 kbps” from the drop-down menu.
  4. Finally, click “Sync”.

Here is a handy tip : You can gain some extra free space if you perform a Backup and Restore after syncing the music files in AAC format. More information on how to do this can be found in the following link : Storage: “I’m Out” !

I managed to get about 2.5 GB of free space after performing these procedures, thus making more room to install apps. Hope this helps.

Getting Rid of that Annoying Error Message in iTunes

You open iTunes in your Mac or PC and you see that there are some updates available for your apps in your iPhone and/or iPad and you download them. When you try to sync these new updates, an error message similar to the one given below pops up:

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Figure 1 : Not enough free space error in iTunes [1]

That’s annoying, right? Let me show you how you could get rid of this error message.

First, when you connect your iPhone and open iTunes, you will see a window similar to the one shown below:

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Figure 2 : Summary window in iTunes [2]

Now, you might have noticed that the “Other” section in the storage bar is quite large. There is a simple trick to slightly reduce this amount:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, tap on “Settings” and then on “Safari”.
  2. Then, tap on “Clear History and Website Data” and then tap on “Clear History and Data”.
  3. Reboot your iPhone.

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Figure 3 : Clear Safari History and Website Data [3]

If this does not help much, you can restore your iPhone by clicking on “Restore iPhone” in iTunes. However, I would not recommend taking the second step if it is not crucial. Read this post further to find the explanation.

Try to sync your iPhone or iPad again using iTunes. If the error message shown in Figure 1 still pops up, try the following procedure:

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Figure 3 : Sync Music in iTunes [4]

  1.  Click on “Music” in the device section (a small phone-like button) in iTunes.
  2. Uncheck “Sync Music”
  3. Click on “Apply” and then on “Sync”.
  4. Check “Sync Music” and repeat step 3.

Hooray ! That annoying error message given in Figure 1 does not appear. Now you see why restoring the iPhone will not be necessary as mentioned previously.

Please note that this issue may arise occasionally. Hence the procedure given above will have to be performed when the error message pops up. Hope this helps.

 

References:

[1] Why does iTunes say the nearly 3GB of free space on my iPad is not enough for the “1MB required” to sync? – Quora. 2016. Why does iTunes say the nearly 3GB of free space on my iPad is not enough for the “1MB required” to sync? – Quora. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.quora.com/Why-does-iTunes-say-the-nearly-3GB-of-free-space-on-my-iPad-is-not-enough-for-the-1MB-required-to-sync. [Accessed 24 February 2016].

[2] 7 tips to get rid of junk files and recover storage space on iPhone. 2016. 7 tips to get rid of junk files and recover storage space on iPhone. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/11/17/how-to-iphone-storage-app-caches/. [Accessed 24 February 2016].

[3] How to clear Safari brower history on iPad?. 2016. How to clear Safari brower history on iPad?. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.softwarert.com/clear-safari-history-ipad/. [Accessed 24 February 2016].

[4] Sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes using USB – Apple Support. 2016. Sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iTunes using USB – Apple Support. [ONLINE] Available at: https://support.apple.com/en-nz/HT201253. [Accessed 24 February 2016].

“Let me HEAR you make some noise”

If you are a fan of DJs such as Vicetone, Nicky Romero and David Guetta, I am sure you must have heard them saying the phrase in the topic of this post so many times in live shows but notice the word in uppercase.

Hearing properly is the most important thing when it comes to producing music, listening to the radio or even when having day to day conversations. Like all other important things in life, hearing also must be protected. Prolonged exposure to loud noise could lead to Sensorineural hearing loss, which is caused by damage to the inner ear and/or auditory nerve [1].

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Figure : Anatomy of the human ear [2]

Now, do not panic ! Here are some tips suggested by NHS to protect your hearing [3] :

  • Do not listen to your personal music player at very high volumes and never to get rid of background noise.
  • Listen to your music at 60% of the maximum volume of the audio player for no more than 60 minutes a day (also known as 60:60 rule). Most MP3 players and mobile phones have the “smart volume” feature, which helps to regulate the volume output.
  • Try to use noise-cancelling or muff-type headphones when listening to your personal music player. These will block the background noise, so that you can listen to your music at a low volume level, but take regular breaks even when using these (There is a post on my blog on how noise-cancelling headphones work, if you are interested). In-ear headphones are less effective at filtering out background noise.
  • Use ear plugs when you are listening to live music (No, I’m not crazy). You can still enjoy music while wearing these and are widely available at many live music venues.
  • If you are in a vehicle, do not listen to loud music for too long because listening to music in a confined space increases the risk of hearing damage.

 

References :

[1] Effects of Hearing Loss – How It Affects Quality of Life | HearUSA . [ONLINE] Available at:https://www.hearusa.com/HearingHealth/HearingandQualityofLife.aspx. [Accessed 27 April 2014].

[2] Human ear anatomy. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.myvmc.com/uploads/VMC/TreatmentImages/2191_ear_anatomy_450.jpg. [Accessed 27 April 2014].

[3] Tips to protect your hearing – Live Well – NHS Choices. 2014. Tips to protect your hearing – Live Well – NHS Choices. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/hearing-problems/Pages/tips-to-protect-hearing.aspx. [Accessed 27 April 2014].

My Electronic Tracks

Since childhood, I have been interested in music. In the good old days, I liked listening to pop and rap songs. My favourite groups were Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and Five. As time passed by, I started listening to R&B, rap and hip-hop. Eminem is one of my favourite rappers and Timbaland, who can create amazing beats, is my favoured producer of all time.

In the year 2007, one of my friends introduced me to the flavour of house music. At first, I thought it was just noise (as most people in the older generations think) but then after listening to that genre for several times, I got the hang of it. Since then I’ve been listening to artists such as David Guetta, Avicii, NERVO, Nicky Romero, Fedde le Grand, Vicetone…..and the list goes on. House music has several genres, a common one found these days is Progressive House. I don’t really mind about the genre sometimes : If a particular song puts me in the mood, I listen to it.

Recently, after being inspired by some of my friends who produce music, I too started creating my own tracks in my free time using a software called Logic Pro X. Getting used to a different type of software was difficult in the beginning but I continue to learn and master it. After checking out some YouTube videos on producing music, I created three electronic tracks. Hope people will enjoy them. So far, I’ve got some positive feedback on one of my tracks and I wish to increase my fan base as time goes by. Some people will say that it is very easy to produce music using a laptop, but there is a series of stages involved in producing. The major step involved in the production process is coming up with a great idea. I think that is what matters the most, not the techniques or tricks used to release a great track.

Here are the tracks that I have created so far :