5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 28, 2008 4:38 PM by Impish
Impish Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
I know that previous versions of iPhone software did not allow deleting songs directly on the iPhone: one had to delete a playlist in iTunes and re-sync.

However, after the recent firmware update, one can manually add songs to the iPhone. After doing that, is there a way to manually delete them?

When I dragged a song to the iPhone icon, iTunes automatically turned off syncing for all music. When I try to turn it back on, I get a warning that ALL music will be deleted and then rewritten to the iPhone (which seems a silly and inefficient way to go about this).

So: did Apple add a manual-add feature and forget to add a manual-delete?

G5 Dual 2.0, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 2.5 GB RAM
  • scanez Level 2 Level 2 (390 points)
    Can you not delete the song through iTunes itself? Go into the "Music" heading of your iPhone in iTunes and try.
  • Impish Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
    Thanks for responding, but no, you can't. The individual songs do not appear within iTunes, only the playlists you formerly synced with, which are now all dimmed (as the sync function was turned off).
  • kworley Level 4 Level 4 (2,105 points)
    Hmmm... I have my iPhone set to "manually manage music", and when I click on "music" in the iPhone's list, I see the individual songs and can delete any song I want individually. I can click on a playlist, see the songs and delete an individual song from a playlist. I'm not sure why it's not working for you. It should work just as you'd expect it to.
  • Damon M. Level 4 Level 4 (3,695 points)
    If you are wanting to delete songs manually from the iphone, make sure that you have manually manage checked in the summary tab and automatically sync iphone is unchecked on the summary tab.

    Once those boxes are checked or unchecked and applied, then on the left of itunes, click the triangle to the left of the name of the iphone to expand the iphone menu down.
    Select music under the iphone, to the right the music on the iphone should no longer be grayed out so you can select it and delete any music directly off the iphone.

    Hope this helps out.
  • Impish Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
    Thanks you so much!