The company says that it is pushing an i Tunes update next week with ‘safeguards’ to pre-emptively prevent data loss.

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It is treating the matter seriously but it may be some time before a true fix is distributed to users, as the company is yet to pinpoint the problem internally.

For now, the best course of action (as always with technology) is to ensure you have complete, recent, data backups of your music library.

Select 'manually manage music' and create a playlist by adding the songs you want in your i Pod. Select the created playlist and click on Auto fill, which adds all the songs to your i Pod without deleting the other songs in your i Pod.

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We’re taking these reports seriously as we know how important music is to our customers and our teams are focused on identifying the cause.

We have not been able to reproduce this issue, however, we’re releasing an update to i Tunes early next week which includes additional safeguards.

It also means that the exact cause of the bug is still unknown, although it appears to be a problem with the i Tunes desktop app misbehaving rather than the Apple Music streaming service.

Apple says it is considering all reports of music being deleted seriously and asks anyone affected by the problem to contact Apple Care.

For those affected by the issue, if the user is signed up to Apple Music or i Tunes Match, the software will also ultimately replace personal music rips with versions from the i Tunes Store.