5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 5, 2012 10:40 PM by Michael Allbritton
Stephen Scott2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have ton of music in my iTunes library, which has been successfully loaded into iTunes Match.  My iPhone is only 16 gB, so I would historically use iTunes to remove old playlists and bring in new ones.   I have tried using delete, but discovered that deletes the content of the playlist right back to my Mac (lesson learned!).  When I cleared the playlist, it did just that - removed the songs and now they are no longer available for downloading on my iPhone.


My question is twofold: with Match, how do I remove the songs back to the greyed out state where they are ready for download, preferably a whole playlist at a time?


Secondly, how do I get my cleared list back on my phone?  It's still in iTunes, so the content is still there.


Any help you could offer would be excellent!

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,785 points)

    It's true that deleting a Playlist from and iOS device will also delete the playlist from iTunes. However that does not delete the music from the cloud, nor, in my experience does deleting the playlist actually delete the music downloaded to the iDevice. I suggest that so see just the music that has been downloaded to the iDevice you go to Settings > Music and set "show all music" to OFF. This will display only the tracks that have been downloaded to your iDevice.


    As to how to delete music... you can simply swipe across individual songs and tap delete. Or tap-n-hold on any Album or Artist and tape the "x" to delete. It is possible to delete all music from the iDevice by going to Settings > General > Usage and tapping Music, then swiping across and tapping the delete button.

  • Stephen Scott2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Michael,


    Thanks for the tip regarding the music delete - I was able to remove everything from my iPhone to free up some space. 


    I have two lingering questions:


    1) how to refresh the playlists - for example, I had one playlist that I hit "clear" on earlier that doesn't show any music on my iPhone, but is still in my iTunes.  I figure there is something completely obvious that I'm missing. 


    2) Similarly, I have a playlist with 207 songs that show as matched or uploaded in iTunes, but only 136 show on my iPhone.  I have the view set with iTunes Match on and "Show All Music" on. 


    Any suggestions for these? 





  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,785 points)

    Smart playlists are not fully supported in iOS at tis time. Are they smart playlists?

  • Stephen Scott2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No - just regular playlists.  That's what makes this so weird is that all the headings show up right, but the content isn't 100%.  All the individual song statuses are good and there aren't any iCloud error icons beside the playlists in question. 

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,785 points)

    Than I'm afraid I don't know the answer to your questions. The only other suggestion I have to offer is to disable iTM on the iDevice, let the data clear out, and enable it again.