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Some MobileMe & Apple ID Passwords Expired, Genius Mixes “Disappeared”

We have got several tips today pointing us to the fact that many users are unable to log in with their existing passwords. The problem, also noticed by 9to5mac and Italian blog SetteB, seems to affect users with short and non-alphanumeric passwords. Word is that Apple silently reset these passwords without telling these users that they would need to create a new one before logging in MobileMe.

It is not clear is the issue is affecting only accounts, Apple IDs as well or Apple IDs associated with MobileMe accounts. We know that several users found out about this both when visiting and when trying to buy songs / apps in the iTunes Store. Dozens of tweets in my timeline also confirm that many are being forced to update their Apple ID passwords – which Apple is marking as “expired”. We’d like to think of this as a bug in Apple’s servers, as it’s not really a good thing to reset someone’s password without telling him.

You can manage and reset your Apple ID here.

Another issue that has been brought to our attention is about Genius Mixes “disappearing” from iTunes. There’s an ongoing discussion on Apple’s forums that goes back to 2 days ago, but we got tips this morning together with the MobileMe / Apple ID ones. Pretty weird.

Are you having issues with MobileMe, your Apple ID and Genius Mixes? Let us know: tips[at]

Update: here are two screenshots showing the blank Genius Mixes window. [thanks, Jonas!]

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