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  • 15. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    r.hudson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I had this problem today so here's what I did. I'm not sure if this is going to help anyone BUT after not having iTunes Match turned on on my iPhone when I synced etc I went into settings turned on iTunes Match along with the other 2 options it consequently reveals. I then checked my iTunes library on the phone and the albums weren't there so I went back and turned off iTunes Match, 'checked' those albums in iTunes on the Mac and resynced them and Voila! No ghost albums!!

     

    I hope this helps someone.

  • 16. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    duncboy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So I've had this problem for a number of months and have searched all over the web trying new things to no avail - resyncing, unsyncing, deleting, resetting my phone, yada yada yada.  For some people those things worked, for me they did not....and then I figured out something else to try.

     

    1. On your iphone, goto iTUNES (not your Music, but iTUNES)

    2. In iTunes, goto More > Downloads

    3. Delete the downloads causing duplicate songs in your Library here - you can delete a song by swipping your finger across the song name in the list of downloads. 

     

    For me, this is what was causing the duplicates.

  • 17. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    leeg330 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So after a lot of messing around with iTunes on my mac and iPhone I finally got rid of them (ghost songs in iTunes that aren't showing on iPhone). Hopefully this will help other people too.

     

    I followed the instructions in another thread and downloaded a program called PhoneView (the demo version worked fine, no need to pay).

     

    Connect your iPhone to mac, open PhoneView, go to Settings>Show entire disk. Here I would recommend you back up all the contents of your phone.

     

    Now this isn't my most technical piece of work but I went on a bit of a deleting spree (again make sure you've backed up everything).

     

    I deleted the contents of the following folders:

    Purchases,

    Downloads,

    iTunes Control>Sync>Media,

    iTunes Control>Music


    Then I deleted the following files from iTunes Control>iTunes:

    MediaLibrary.sqlitedb
    MediaLibrary.sqlitedb-shm
    MediaLibrary.sqlitedb-wal

    (and maybe a couple of others but these are the ones I remember).

     

    I then reset the iPhone (Hold the Home and Power buttons for 5 secs), synced with iTunes and they had gone. Rejoice.

  • 18. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    peter.j.kim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, leeg330! Your advice (Sep 20, 2012 3:55 AM) worked!

     

    I used i-FunBox instead but any iPhone file manager application will work for this issue. Also, I just had to delete the 'Purchases' folder to remove all the "ghost" songs. Thanks, again!

  • 19. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    Lowpro71 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks leeg330.  Your suggestion worked for me as well.  Finally got rid of several ghost music entries on my iPhone which I was unable to remove via any other method short of a restore.  Thanks again!

  • 20. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    AppleLiv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    the second one made ALL of my music become grey :/

  • 21. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    Yin26 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Thank you!  This was exactly what solved this problem for me.

     

     

    duncboy wrote:

     

    So I've had this problem for a number of months and have searched all over the web trying new things to no avail - resyncing, unsyncing, deleting, resetting my phone, yada yada yada.  For some people those things worked, for me they did not....and then I figured out something else to try.

     

    1. On your iphone, goto iTUNES (not your Music, but iTUNES)

    2. In iTunes, goto More > Downloads

    3. Delete the downloads causing duplicate songs in your Library here - you can delete a song by swipping your finger across the song name in the list of downloads. 

     

    For me, this is what was causing the duplicates.

  • 22. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    rockmyplimsoul wrote:

     

    2- If that didn't apply or didn't help, go to Settings/ General/ Usage/ Music, then swipe across "All Music" and press Delete.  This does not delete the music off your iPhone, but seems to have fixed similar problems for others.  It didn't help me, but I did this too prior to logging out of my iTunes account on my iPhone.

    Too late to edit my original posts, but do NOT do this.  I have since learned that doing this will make your music non-playable on your device, forcing you to erase and re-load your music.  Sorry for the misinformation.

  • 23. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    Harry Brindley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I too have suddenly have sync problems with music between my Mac iTunes 11.1.3(8) on my iPad mini under iOS 7. Many of my tunes show up as "ghost songs" on my iPad. I initially had a problem with Movies and TV Shows not syncing up (they showed up with zero byte length) so I restored from backup -- which fixed my video problem but then created the Music nightmare.

     

    I can't vouch for whether this proposed solution will stand the test of time, but I've managed to get back all my PURCHASED songs that were ghosted.

     

    On your WiFi connected device (iPad or iPhone) launch your iTunes app (not the Music player app). I did not have my device tethether to my Mac, my device was logged into my iTunes account and it had an active WiFi connection.

     

    Launch iPad iTunes ...

    Purchased>Music

    Select "Not on this iPad" then "Download All"

    ... wait for the download to complete.

     

    Launch iPhone iTunes ...

    More>Purchased>Music

    Select "Not on this iPhone" then "Download All"

    ... wait for the download to complete.

     

    After you sync with your Mac you'll see that for many of your "ghost songs" you have a duplicate real song -- so I do not think this is elegantly fixed. Fortunately my Playlists all still work in spite of the ghosts.

  • 24. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    iOS 7 introduced a new feature that (by default) shows all items you've ever purchased from iTunes even if they're not currently on your device.  You can turn that feature off (thankfully) so that your iOS device only shows you what is actually installed.

     

    Is that what you're referring to, or do you actually see duplicates of some songs (either on your iPad, or on your iPad as viewed from iTunes)?

  • 25. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    Harry Brindley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    @https://discussions.apple.com/people/rockmyplimsoul

     

    Yes, I believe so, to the first and when my iPad is tethered to Mac iTunes, where I once saw mostly ghosts in my Music library, I now see the ghost and a duplicate by the same name (presumably from the purchased download I just got from the cloud). I got back nearly 180 songs, most of which I still wanted.

     

    You could selectively download which songs to download from the cloud but what a schlep that would be -- for me, anyway.

  • 26. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    noelboling03 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I NEED HELP! I have tried deleting some of my purchased music and it still shows up on my ipod through my iphone. It has a little icloud download next to it, but doesnt show up on my itunes account through my lap top when I log into itunes. I went to my "downloads" setting through my phone and they're all listed there under "purchased" and "not on this iphone" , I just want to know how to delete them completely. I also have two or three songs that are showing up on my ipod, however not my itunes account through my lap top.

  • 27. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    noelboling03 wrote:

     

    I NEED HELP! I have tried deleting some of my purchased music and it still shows up on my ipod through my iphone. It has a little icloud download next to it, but doesnt show up on my itunes account through my lap top when I log into itunes. I went to my "downloads" setting through my phone and they're all listed there under "purchased" and "not on this iphone" , I just want to know how to delete them completely. I also have two or three songs that are showing up on my ipod, however not my itunes account through my lap top.

    It sounds to me like you're having the same issue as Harry above, which is different than what I was seeing at the beginning of this thread 2 years ago.

     

    If you're on iOS 7, then on your iPhone go into Settings/ iTunes & App Store and under "Show All" turn Music and Video OFF.  That will hide purchased items which you do not have on your device -- the "Cloud" you see is an indicator of that status, but you can hide these things with this setting change.

  • 28. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    FrankiLogan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for "Settings/ General/ Usage/ Music, then swipe across "All Music" and press Delete" That fixed my issue and it was driving me crazy!

    F.

  • 29. Re: "Ghost" Songs Create Sync Error in iTunes
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    Uh-oh, look at my post above from 4/29/13 ... doing that will corrupt your music playback, as I later learned but could not edit in my post.  You will likely find that songs will skip, and maybe display the wrong artwork.  Sorry about that, but there's no way to edit a post after a short period of time.