6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 9, 2011 4:45 PM by andi zhang
andi zhang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm trying to find an easy way to delete songs that are in playlists on itunes for my iphone.  I've done this with my ipod for 2 or so years: right clicked the song, selected show in playlist, then selected music, then deleted it from there.

 

I'm getting a little tired of doing that because I have to delete a large chunk of my songs on my iphone due to a different problem.

 

I've used google and such and found that people have said that pressing ctrl+backspace will delete the song from the library entirely.  I tried this and I didn't get the message that normally accompanies a delete, but when i checked the music library on my phone, it was still there.  Had to delete it from the music library again.

 

Can anyone tell me a way to delete a song from the entire library from viewing the playlist?


iPhone 4S
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,820 points)

    Presuming you're doing this from iTunes on your computer, it won't remove the track from your iPhone until you sync. Have you done that since removing one or more tracks from iTunes? If you're trying to remove a track directly from the iPhone, do you have iTunes set to manually manage the iPhone?

     

    Regards.

  • andi zhang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the reply!

    I thought it synced automatically?  For instance if I edit a tag, it syncs right away and I can see the edit on the phone.  Same thing happens when I add a song, or delete a song from the music list. I actually just want to delete the file from my phone entirely, not just the playlist in the phone.  I don't mind either way if it is deleted from the itunes library on my computer or not.  I keep the music management manual.  I don't really keep much music on my phone so I'd rather keep it manual.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,820 points)

    If you have it set for manual management, then no, it's not going to sync music automatically. That's the whole point of manual management; so it doesn't do an automatic sync. If you are managing music manually, the you have to go to the music list in the iPhone (in the iTunes sidebar) and select and remove the tracks from there.

     

    Regards.

  • andi zhang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's a bummer.  I don't get why you have to have it sync to the music library to be able to delete songs from a playlist on the phone itself.  You would think it would be as simple as including the option to delete it from the phone entirely when right clicking on the song in a playlist.

     

    Thanks

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,820 points)

    You don't, you can, and it is. Again, you just select the track on the iPhone (i.e. in the iPhone in the sidebar in iTunes) and delete the track there by right-clicking and selecting Delete. But if you're not synching, you have to do it on the iPhone.

     

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  • andi zhang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry I think I'm not making myself clear.

     

    I know I can delete the song on the phone using itunes and deleting it from the "music" list.  What I want to do is use itunes, and delete the song using itunes (which I can do without syncing as you pointed out by deleting it from the "music" list) but when I'm looking at a playlist in itunes.  When I right click and select delete, it will not delete the song from my phone, just the playlist.  I'm gathering that I can't set it to manual for the ctrl+backspace function to work, which makes no sense to me.