5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 10, 2011 5:18 AM by BLAngel
BLAngel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have itunes match activated on my iPhone.

My question is: Once the phones memory is full, I assume the only way to hear new music from the cloud on my phone is to delete some of the music already downloaded onto the iPhone.

I really don't want to swipe delete 1GB of songs one by one to make room for more music.

Deleting a playlist full of songs will delete the playlist but not the songs themselves.

Is there a way to delete multiple songs from my iPhone to make room for more music.


I want to be able to do this on the go, not sitting at home on iTunes.


Thank you

iphone 4, iOS 4
  • spidertaker23 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I know you can delete in the following ways:


    Swipe left to delete an individual song

    Swipe left to delete an entire album

    Swipe left to delete an entire artist


    I don't think you can delete multiple songs at once without deleting the entire album or artist.


    I hope that answers your question.


    *Disclaimer - of course this only works on iOS 5

  • machinestatic Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Yup, you can swipe the tracks, albums, or artists to delete them, like spidertaker said. That works great.


    Another thing you can do, if you want to delete ALL of your downloaded music at the same time, is go to Settings > General > Usage on your iPhone, and select "Music." Then just press Edit, and delete it. That deletes every single downloaded song in one shot, if you want to start over.

  • BLAngel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks I see that.

    But the idea was to not have to re-download all my music every month. I wanted to save some of my 2GB data limit for something else.

    The thing that got me thinking about this in the first place was that eventually my iPhone will fill up with music, and then where do you go from there.  If you see a nice app you wanted to download, you have no memory left, so you have to delete something.

    Deleting all the music is not only a waste of data, but re-downloading takes quite a long time if you are not on wi-fi.

    I was just hoping for a way to delete all the songs from a playlist or something, so that could continue without completely starting over.

    A short coming of itunes match I guess.



  • spidertaker23 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Well keep in mind that iTunes Match will actually delete music as it needs too if you run out of space.  Supposedly it will delete tracks that are either not played often or downloaded the longest ago.  At least that's what I found online.  Can't remember where.

  • BLAngel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks that would help alot.