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Apple deleted non-iTunes songs from people's iPods

Apple deleted non-iTunes songs from people's iPods
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If you've been an Apple user for any length of time, then you know how difficult it can be to get apps, music and other third-party goodies onto your iPhone or iPod. It can be done, but Apple doesn't make it easy.

Apple is known for jealously guarding its share of the market, but between 2007 and 2009 the company decided to take a step too far.

When users who had non-iTunes music on their Apple gadget tried to sync their iPod or iPhone to the iTunes library, they would see an error. The user was then instructed to restore factory settings on the Apple gadget.

After the gadget booted back up, the user would find that all non-iTunes music was deleted. Apple never offered an explanation.

Until now, that is.

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