I've just noticed that a lot of songs I had on my Leagoo T5c (Android Nougat) had disappeared. Namely, and among others, the whole discography by Sheryl Crow in FLAC format, all 5GB of it (I still have over 10GB of free space, BTW).

Has Android been known to randomly or purposely delete songs? Can those songs I ripped from CDs I had (and don't have anymore, alas) have an expiry date?

I remember listening to those songs a few months ago, and I have done nothing on the phone that could explain them missing, like factory restore or anything of the kind, since then.

  • To be clear, have they disappeared from where you stored them (such as inside Music folder or something and you observed this using a file explorer) or, do not show up in your choice of music players, or both? – Firelord May 14 at 17:16
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    I use Musicolet (free app), but I've explored the whole internal storage, including folders where music shouldn't be in the first place, and those songs have indeed disappeared. I tried to open the Music app that comes with Android, and the result's the same. They're gone. – user296212 May 14 at 17:18
  • Until you get an answer this can be of interest to you: android.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/… – Firelord May 14 at 17:20
  • Use a file explorer app. The other apps (including a PC connected via USB) may not show you the real file-system content (they use just a database which may be wrong). Only if you use the file explorer app and the files are missing they are really gone. – Robert May 14 at 18:26
  • Robert, you are a wizard: I open Files, go to Audio, and the first list of songs that appear are exactly the ones that Musicolet can't find! Thing is, they are in a folder called /Storage/Emulated/oO/Music... I suspect that one of my music apps has copied those songs into a folder only it was supposed to access (for caching purposes, maybe), and forgot to release them? – user296212 May 14 at 18:37

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