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How do I delete downloads from the cloud?

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eBoy Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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Jun 6, 2011 2:59 PM

OK - I'm interrested in uploading to the cloud, not downloading from the cloud. I downloaded some purchased songs, but there seems to be no way to delet them from my phone. No swiping, or deleting from itunes, or new playlist formed. Anyone have any help on this?

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,980 points)
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    Jun 6, 2011 3:05 PM (in response to eBoy)

    Since iOS 5 is still i Beta (as is iCloud for that matter) No-one can answer this. If you've downloaded stuff to your existing phone, I imagine you'll have to plug it in and go into iTunes then deselect the song(s) you don't want on your phone any more.

  • bbfc Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)
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    Jun 6, 2011 3:19 PM (in response to eBoy)

    You can't delete tracks from your iPhone, this has always been the case. They may introduce this feature in iOS 5. You need to connect your iPhone to your PC/Mac and then delete them that way.

  • blangen Calculating status...
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    Jun 6, 2011 4:49 PM (in response to eBoy)

    Same here.  Downloaded an album from the cloud to my iPad.  No way to delete. I deselected all songs/playlists/artists/albums etc. in iTunes and synced.  Everything was wiped except the cloud download songs.  I have to believe this is a beta bug that will be corrected in time.

  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 Level 6 (18,820 points)
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    Jun 6, 2011 5:16 PM (in response to eBoy)

    If you sync by selected playlists, remove the song from the playlist.  That does not remove it from your music library.  The "Purchased" playlist is just a smart playlist showing the songs in your music library that you purchased (as opposed to ripping from a CD or downloading from the internet).


    Playlists shown in the "Music" pane for your phone in iTunes are not a subset of "Purchased", just because they are listed underneath Purchased.


    This article, How to create playlists in iTunes, may be useful: unes/


    There are also 2 videos you should watch:


    iTunes 10: Playlists:


    iTunes 10: Sync to your iPod:

  • blangen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 6, 2011 5:46 PM (in response to Jim VanLeeuwen)

    Yes, that's all true.  But there's more going on here than playlist management.  I was finally able to get the album off the iPad but it wasn't what you would call an "intuitive" fix.  First I tried to completely trash the songs from my iTune library (I backed them up on the desktop). It just sucked them back in from the iPad on the next sync.  I deleted them again from iTunes and this time deselected the Sync Music box in the iPad music pane... I got the alert about wiping all the music off the device... "good'" I thought as I hit "Apply".


    I seemed like it would work until I opened iPod on the pad and... there they were: the songs that wouldn't die. BUT, at least this time they were listed in the "Manually Load/Remove" window in the iPad music pane.  I manually removed them, hit "apply", and voila... no more downloaded Cloud songs.


    As with all things beta it was an adventure.  I'm sure it will get easier in time.

  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 Level 6 (18,820 points)
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    Jun 6, 2011 5:58 PM (in response to eBoy)

    I have no problems deleting anything I purchase directly on the iPhone.  That's what iTunes is for.  The purchase is transferred to iTunes, and only synced back to the phone if I want it on the phone.

  • blangen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 6, 2011 7:16 PM (in response to eBoy)

    Eboy, you're right.  For whatever reason itunes isn't recognizing the cloud downloaded material.  Probably because the files were in iTunes to begin with and an import wasn't triggered.  Since iTunes doesn't see it, it's not giving you the option of getting rid of it.  You've never been able to delete music directly from an iOS device... video, yes.  But audio has always been managed through iTunes. 


    I had success by deleting of the problem files from my iTunes library (back them up somewhere but get them out of iTunes entirely). Now sync your device and let iTunes import the files.  Hopefully iTunes will now associate the imported songs with your device.  I was able to delete them from the "Manually Add/Remove" window at the bottom of the iOS' music pane.


    Apple's iTunes page is offering an iTunes 10.3 beta that may address this but right now it still seems to be dishing out iTunes 10.2.2. 

  • WestCentral Calculating status...
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    Jun 6, 2011 7:28 PM (in response to eBoy)

    Like so many others, I also just stumbled onto iCloud on my iPad and iPhone.  And to say I'm unhappy is an understatement. 


    Major problem is that all the useless Apps I've ever downloaded and DELETED are now BACK.  There is no DELETE anywhere to pernamently remove these useless Apps from "the cloud". 


    It maybe in "beta", but at least have a functioning "release" program before forcing it on the masses.  Until a DELETE is available, I don't want anything to do with iCloud but how do I get rid of it? 

  • Natomicron Calculating status...
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    Jun 6, 2011 9:17 PM (in response to eBoy)

    I really wanted to know if there was any way to clear a purchase history in the cloud.... half the apps in there I deleted for a reason and don't want or need them any more.... Any help here?

  • Natomicron Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 6, 2011 9:18 PM (in response to WestCentral)

    WestCentral, I SO AGREE!!! It was the most annoying thing in the world, I turn on the app store, go for some updates and low and behold, every app I got rid of is right there waiting to be downloaded again. I deleted them for a reason and DO NOT want them any more, Its a great feature but please, can we clear our purchase histories?

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