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After turning on iCloud/iTunes match, my playlist was duplicated 2000 times

57422 Views 141 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2014 2:13 PM by laguna_b RSS
  • bmansc Calculating status...

    Now that we have some solutions, I'm still trying to figure out what caused the problem.  I think we all agree that creating the playlist on an iPhone or iPad caused the problem, but there must be more to it, or surely more than just us would be complaining?  I'm wondering if we all added songs that weren't actually on the device yet, that were stored in the cloud as part of the playlist?  For me, I created the playlist and listened to it for over an hour, while on a wifi network, so it's still a curiousity.. my phone was nearby and not on a wifi network, and my MBA was asleep, and didn't wake up until I was on another wifi network.

  • bmansc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    jrollans - in step 7 where you created a playlist on your iPhone before the lists populated, did you use the same name as the one on your Mac that you added 2 songs to?

  • Joe Schwab Calculating status...

    So I've tried both this solution and the previous (longer version). I can't get the playlists off my iPad. They no longer show up on my computers, but they still show on my iPad. I have even wiped my iPad and restored from iCloud and restarted iTunes Match on the ipad but the playlists come back. Not sure what to do now. Any suggestions?

  • jrollans Calculating status...

    I had that happen as well, lists were gone from itunes but not the iDevices..  All i can say is try the "solutions" a few times and maybe it'll work.  :-|

  • jrollans Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No, i actually named it "STOP DUPLICATING".  Also about that, something i noticed later was that the 1 song i put in it actually ended up in the Duplicating playlist.  It really doesnt make any sense at all.

  • jrollans Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was actually on a plane when i made my playlist (as such i was in Airplane Mode).  I added 12 songs to the offending playlist that were ON my device and didnt realize it had gone duplication crazy until i got home from the airport.  In my case i have a theory that while in Airplane Mode the Music app kept trying to create the iCloud version of the playlist and didnt act smart and realize there was no network connection and stop like it should. 


    It sounds like your case is different though, so it pretty much kills my theory.  Maybe time is a factor here?  Perhaps we all created our playlists at the same time and it was an actual iCloud problem?

  • Joe Schwab Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    So here's an interesting wrinkle. I made sure that my iTunes Match was working and set up the way I wanted on my MBP and my wife's MB. Then I erased my iPad and started it clean. (I have a backup in iCloud and on my computer). Having started it clean, I then enabled iTunes Match on the iPad and guess what happens? The duplicating list appears on the iPad. Moments later it now reappears on both computers. Now I REALLY don't get what's going on here. 


    Now I've deleted all but 50 copies of the playlist from my MBP, have restored my iPad, and am watching the copies get deleted via iTunes Match on my wife's MB. Once my iPad is restored I'll see what happens. Thanks for everyone's help so far!

  • burnet99 Calculating status...

    An alternative to Automator for Windows users is the KillEmptyPlaylists Windows script.


    Message was edited by: burnet99 - updated link to point to web page rather than the script itself.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    iCloud led to duplicate data and strange vanishing data so I deactivated it for the time being. This is not a solution just an interim way to not have more troubles.

  • ExEyeGuy Calculating status...

    I would like to add to the number of people having this problem. I created a playlist on my iPod Touch in airplane mode and it duplicated like crazy on my iPod Touch. Then when I got home, I found thousands of blank playlists with the same name on my MacBook Pro (MBP).


    I have used Automator to delete the blank playlists from my MBP. I have now turned back on iTunes Match on my iPod but the playlists do not seem to be repopulating. I also cannot make a new one. The app is also very sluggish.

  • ExEyeGuy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Now I can't even start the Music app. I get a white screen, then after about 30s it quits.

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