8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 24, 2009 10:11 PM by yardgnome
TMaita Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi

I'm a brand new iphone user, and unfortunately, when I synced my iphone with my itunes, I downloaded a huge playlist from my itunes to my iphone. Now I have no memory left on my iphone. Try as I might, I can't figure out how to delete songs off of the iphone. Could someone offer some guidance with this?

Thanks!

HP Pavillion, Windows Vista
  • kinggirl Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    When your iphone is connected in Itunes, go to your Iphone settings, then there will be tabs in the middle of your screen - go to music and select which playlists you want to be added to your phone or what selections of music. Hope that helps.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    You do it the same way the songs were transferred to your iPhone - via the iTunes sync process. You can delete a movie or TV show from your iPhone, but not music.

    You have several options. You can create a new iTunes playlist in iTunes for your iPhone placing the music in the new playlist that you want on your iPhone, or create multiple playlists. Under the Music tab for your iPhone sync preferences, choose selected playlists, followed by selecting the playlist or playlists in the window below followed by a sync.

    Or under the Summary tab for your iPhone sync preferences, select Sync only checked songs and videos. Uncheck the songs in the selected iTunes playlist in iTunes that you want removed from your iPhone followed by a sync. This way you can leave the music in the iTunes playlist and remove select songs from your iPhone only.

    Or remove songs from the existing playlist in iTunes followed by a sync.
  • TMaita Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the helpful info!
  • nevets2 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Alan, hi

    "You can delete a movie or TV show from your iPhone, but not music. "

    !!

    I selected "Manually manage music and videos" from the start (6 months ago) and now want to add some more music (drag and drop - no problem) but also want to delete a tune from the iPhone here and there. No way to do that?

    And just playing around I switched to "Synch only checked songs and video" and I got a message something like "Are you sure you want to do this because everything will be erased from your iPhone before this synch". Did that mean that EVERYTHING wuyld be erased (applications, contacts, etc) or just the current stuff in the "music" particion would be erased and replaced by what I had checked?

    Steve
  • Lance Carosello Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Allan,

    I am also a fairly new iphone user and see your name "pop up" in most discussions, so I am guessing your pretty good! Anyway, I purchase songs through my iphone off itunes on the road but when I get home to synch it seems like it only works one way? How do i get my newly purchased songs into my itunes library from the iphone?
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    When you purchase/download music with your iPhone, the music should be transferred from your iPhone to your iTunes library on your computer the first time you sync your iPhone with iTunes after doing so. The same should apply when purchasing/downloading apps with your iPhone.

    If not, with your iPhone connected to iTunes, at the iTunes menu bar go to File and select Transfer Purchases From - the name of your iPhone.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Hello - sorry for the delay in responding.

    I selected "Manually manage music and videos" from the start (6 months ago) and now want to add some more music (drag and drop - no problem) but also want to delete a tune from the iPhone here and there. No way to do that?


    You cannot delete music from your iPhone regardless if you manually manage music and videos or you sync. To delete a song from your iPhone when manually managing music and videos, with your iPhone connected to iTunes, open your iPhone in the iTunes source list to reveal the iTunes content and categories within. Select Music, locate the song, and manually delete the song from your iPhone.

    And just playing around I switched to "Synch only checked songs and video" and I got a message something like "Are you sure you want to do this because everything will be erased from your iPhone before this synch". Did that mean that EVERYTHING wuyld be erased (applications, contacts, etc) or just the current stuff in the "music" particion would be erased and replaced by what I had checked?


    It should be just music and video. You can manually manage music and videos, or you can sync. You can't do both at the same time. If you are syncing and you switch to manually manage music and videos, all music and videos transferred to your iPhone via syncing will be erased from your iPhone first. If you are manually managing music and videos and switch to syncing, all music and video manually transferred to your iPhone will be erased first.

    Since the iPhone does not support disk mode, I don't see much benefit to manually managing music and videos with the iPhone. A downside to manually managing music and videos is if you need or want to restore your iPhone with iTunes, you must remember which songs you manually transferred to your iPhone followed by manually transferring the songs to your iPhone after your iPhone is restored.

    If you are syncing and you restore your iPhone from your iPhone's backup, all iTunes playlists and video selected to be transferred to your iPhone will be re-selected automatically, which must be followed by a sync to re-transfer your selected playlists and videos to your iPhone.

    I sync and I choose selected playlists. I have a primary iTunes playlist I use for my iPhone along with a few other playlists for select music. To add additional songs to my iPhone, I add the songs to one of my playlists in iTunes that is selected to be transferred to my iPhone followed by a sync. To remove songs from my iPhone, I remove the songs from the selected playlist in iTunes followed by a sync. I also have sync only checked songs and videos selected. With this selected, I can remove a song from my iPhone without removing the song from the selected playlist in iTunes by un-checking the song in the playlist in iTunes followed by a sync.

    IMO, syncing provides more flexibility and options, and if I ever need or want to restore my iPhone with iTunes, all I need to do is make sure the playlists are selected under the Music tab for my iPhone sync preferences that I want transferred to my iPhone followed by a sync without having to remember which songs I had transferred to my iPhone afterwards, which is required when manually managing music and videos.
  • yardgnome Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    HI Alan
    I too am a new iphone user, I am trying to get my playlist set up
    but some of my songs which is a whole album only shows unknown and
    title track. I am trying to delete them and start over but do you
    have any suggestions on how to fix this. I deleted the songs
    from my itunes playlist but it doesn't delete from my phone.
    Any help would be great.