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Good luck hacking someone ELSE's iProduct:P
We've had a busy day delving into the depths of Apple Cores Codes. This, at the same time our gummint is trying to force the company to hack into one of its own iPhones to see if there's any evidence on there to implicate the San Bernadino Shooter- besides the guns and the footage and the witnesses.

From our experience of this day and prior days trying to regain access to our own data locked into various Apple products? I'll be shocked if the FBI, or the CIA, or the BBC, or BB King, or Doris Day can crack the code.

Both of us have had our computers taken from us in the past year. Both of us tried (and failed at) backing them up before returning them to the home of the factory air conditioning from our fully factory air conditioned factory.  Hers came home, "fixed." Mine, never did, replaced by a gift card.  Neither gave us any trace of our prior music other than some bitter reminders in various iTunes libraries.

For here's where it gets goofy.  A music file differs not a whit, digitally, from a text document or a spreadsheet or a photo.  Windows generally puts it where you'd expect it to go- in "my documents" (both .doc and .xls files), or "my pictures" (jpgs and similar formats)- but "my music" gets diced and sliced by the various programs fighting for your playback.  The leader in the c:/lubhouse is iTunes, which for generations has buried its content in c:/music/itunes/itunessomethingorother.  That's three subdirectories down before you get to actual artists and albums and songs.  (Plus, when you reverse-engineer songs back into your PC from various iPhones laying about, it gets even more compicated.)

That's bad enough. Apple makes it worse. For it's a tenet of iTunes, as in every iTunes PC version I've used going back to at least Vista, that the program keeps its own "library" of your songs that is not the least bit tied to where the songs actually are, or if they are, located on your PC.   So Eleanor has had endless frustration because her iTunes 12 shows dozens of albums that simply aren't there.  We've yet to figure out how the library survived the ship-to/return-from the Factory but the songs themselves didn't.

She spent a good chunk of today talking to me in the living room, and to Emily over the phone, trying to recover these missing tracks.  Best as we can tell, they aren't there- but traces of them in "previous iTunes libraries" were.  I figured this out by cannibalizing an old XP laptop that still had an apparent library of iTunes music- mostly Disney tracks from 10 years ago. I uninstalled the software; then I tried to do a clean re-install, only to find out that the current available download is only usable with Windows 7 or newer.  By mid-afternoon, I found a 32-bit Version 11 under a rock on the Apple website, downloaded it, got it to install on the second try.... and found it was still showing all these stupid old nonexistent Anastasia tracks.

Yet that was a clue.  I wound up kicking old-school DOS on this old laptop to find out where every .mp3 track on the hard drive actually was- then did it again to find every "iTunes library" and "previous iTunes libraries" location; noted the former, killed the latter.

That, eventually, produced a virgin library- and an import of Where Stuff Actually Is now displays What Stuff Actually Is, and no more.  Emily independently got Mom's display to a similar virgin state; tomorrow, we'll finish the process of adding the Where Stuff Actually Is folders, on her computer and elsewhere, and our hope is we'll have a minimal amount of re-ripping of CDs to do by the time we're done.

I'm laying even odds on who will finish first- us, or the FBI trying to crack the asshole's iPhone.
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