4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 27, 2015 1:50 PM by Ed M.
Mr_Lyle Level 1 (0 points)

I'm having a weird problem. Whenever I delete a song or a podcast directly from my iPhone, the next time I sync my iPhone to iTunes, the deleted song or podcast is still listed on the phone. It's not playable, it's just a dead entry which I have to delete within iTunes. Is this a new bug? When I deleted songs or podcast directly from the phone in the past (on different devices and previous versions of iTunes) their entries were gone the next time I plugged my phone in.


If anyone knows what's up, let me know.

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.0.1
  • Mr_Lyle Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, a little bit more info. It seems that this only happens when syncing via WiFi. All deleted songs or podcasts still show up (broken with a "!" if I try to play them from iTunes) when syncing over WiFi, but as soon as I connect the phone directly to the computer with a wire, the initial sync gets rid of all the dead entries.

  • garethm Level 1 (5 points)

    I had exactly this problem recently. More in desperation than anything I recreated my iTunes Library files using the instructions at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1451 and to my surprise it solved the problem. Unfortunately I had to re-sync all my music and playlists, which took some time, but in the end it was worh it.

  • garethm Level 1 (5 points)

    And then five days later it starts happening again. Problem not solved, apparently.........

  • Ed M. Level 1 (0 points)

    See if this helps/works for you:


    - Eject your iPhone from your system, and close iTunes


    - Either reconnect your iPhone and let iTunes launch or launch iTunes and connect iPhone.


    - Let everything “sync”


    - At the very top left in iTunes directly unite the red yellow and green buttons you’ll see a music note, a video clip icon, a monitor icon, 3 horizontal dots, and an i’phone icon.


    - Click on the iPhone icon and there will be a check mark at the top to the left of “Sync Music”.  Make sure that the “Selected playlists, artists, albums, and generes” radio dial has a dot in it.


    Now here is where you need to look closely. . . 


    Underneath the header summary there will be 4 or 5 different trays/boxes/columns listed as follows reading from left to right, and top to bottom:


    - Playlists

    - Artists

    - Generas

    - Songs


    - There might be a 5th at the bottom of all that titled: “Manually added songs”


    You can select and delete/remove those songs if they appear in the “manually added” tray.


    ALSO. . . In each of the other trays/boxes/columns, be sure to hover your mouse pointer over EACH OF THEM and scroll through the lists because there might be a checkmark next to something that is causing certain songs to “reappear”.


    Let us know how you make out.