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Can't delete songs from my iPhone 4

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ridley27 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 10, 2010 7:27 AM
Hello,
I'm unable to delete songs from my iPhone 4.
I tried to do it by un-checking the song in iTunes then
performing a sync with phone.

I thought that would remove the song but it did not work.

Am I not doing this correctly.
Any ideas?

Thanks!
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • harv55 Level 3 Level 3 (600 points)
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    Sep 10, 2010 7:37 AM (in response to ridley27)
    Check your sync settings to make sure iTunes isn't copying a specific playlist that the songs belong to.

    in iTunes go to you iPhone device and select and delete the songs you don't want, you should not need to sync at this point. Make sure the songs are removed from your device. Now sync and if they appear on the device you may have an automatic playlist sync setup in iTunes--you can switch to "manually update audio and video" on my device within the iPhone "info" tab in iTunes.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Sandra Foster Level 4 Level 4 (1,460 points)
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    Sep 10, 2010 9:49 AM (in response to ridley27)
    I'm not sure how closely the PC version of iTunes resembles the Mac version, but when you have your iPhone showing and selected in iTunes, go to the Summary tab. Under Options, do you have "Sync only checked songs and videos" checked?
     MacBook Pro i5 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.4),  Airport Extreme,  iPhone 4
  • b1r1e1n Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 13, 2011 4:54 PM (in response to ridley27)
    I had this problem too, when I invetsigated it in more detail it turns out that Apple are a pile of crap and none of their stuff works properly.
    pc
  • brglkxv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 16, 2011 7:53 PM (in response to ridley27)

    Is this last post Apples official position?

     

    Anyway, I follow the instructions, In Itunes, under the device, select the songs, but I don't see a way to delete them. Highlight & right-click; no delete option.  Highlight & press delete key; nothing. Double-click, it plays the damned song. Not what I want.

     

    I'm wondering if anyone really knows how to do this.

  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,260 points)
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    Apr 16, 2011 7:57 PM (in response to brglkxv)

    "Is this last post Apples official position?"

     

    No posts are Apple official position.  This is a user forum.

     

    You delete songs the same way you got them there.

     

    If you sync by playlist, then remove the song from the playlist and sync.

     

    If you manually manage, then delete the song from the device in the left hand column.

     

    If you sync by checked music, then uncheck the song and sync.

  • marina220 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:44 PM (in response to ridley27)

    Ok, this is seriously annoying - I have spent my whole evening trying to figure out how to delete 4 songs from my iphone. I followed all the instrucyions abve - under "Summary" - I have selected only sync checked songs, under "Music" I have specified whoich albums I want to sync. And when I perform the sync - the songs on my iphone are still there, even though they have been unchecked. This is ridiculous. Please help. Why does it have to be so hard???

  • 12xbl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 1, 2011 5:42 AM (in response to ridley27)

    If you are using iOS 5 and only want to delete the song from your iPhone it is easy.

    Go to SONGS on your iPhone, find the song in the list, put your finger on the track name (around the middle) and pull to the left, a delete button will appear on the right hand side of the line.

  • marina220 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 1, 2011 12:08 PM (in response to 12xbl)

    Thanks so much - good to know that this is so much easier with iOS 5. Thanks again!!!

  • Didweed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 2, 2011 7:04 PM (in response to 12xbl)

    Thank you SO SO much!  I must have spent 30 minutes trying to delete a video and it is the same way!  Where do you learn this stuff????  Thank you!

  • girtsmataleao Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 8, 2011 11:06 AM (in response to 12xbl)

    Thank You so much! I was reading through forums for an hour and so. until I found Your answer. So easy, so simple! Thank You.

  • zblom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 12, 2011 8:44 PM (in response to roaminggnome)

    Along these same lines, let me know if I am missing something.  I am trying to remove all music from my iPhone.  I have Zero songs or videos check marked, I hit sync and it shows there will be 0.01 GB of music on the iPhone after I sync.  Except when sync is complete there is still 18 GB of music there.  I have the Sync only checked songs and videos, yet have nothing checked and it won't come off of the iPhone.

     

    Any help?

  • 12xbl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 13, 2011 4:20 AM (in response to zblom)

    Set your iPhone up to the computer and open iTunes.

    Click on your iPhone in the devices menu on the left hand side.

    Select MUSIC from the menu bar across the top (see photo)

     

    itunes1.jpg

    UNTICK Sync Music, you will get a warning that All Music will be removed from your iPhone ........ click Dont Sync Music then click Apply at the bottom right of the iTunes window.

     

    itunes2.jpg

    When the phone syncs all your music will be gone.

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