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Tabriss Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, i have a big problem. I want to delete all my music in the cloud. I have 3k music and all track are ine the cloud (itunes match). When i delete music i mark 'deletemin the cloud too'. Music dissapears from itunes but are still in my ipad and iphone (all tracks from deleted library, there is cloud icon). How i can delete music in the cloud? I want to start from nothing, when i rip cd (first album in a blank library) and itunes match starts there are show all deleted tracks. Can apple support can reset my itunes match account or something?


Sorry for my english...

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)

    If you have downloaded the tracks to your iOS device, or listened to the tracks on your iOS device there will be a copy on the device so it will stil show up. You should delete all music from the device by going to Settings > General > Usage. Tap Music (you may need to scroll down in the list) and swipe across "all music" then tape DELETE.


    Now, why do you want to delete all the music in the cloud?

  • patrick_white Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm interested in this same question too. I've spent hours tonight trying to get rid of a few albums I added by mistake. I've tried everyting:

    * deleting files and checking the "also remove from icloud" box

    * without having a local file, tried to delete from icloud directly

    * turned iTunes Match off and back on

    all without success. The songs still show up on all other devices. Even worse: as soon as it does an iTunes Match update, all deleted songs are back there in my library.


    There has to be a way to remove songs from iTunes Match, there's even instructions on the apple site (, they just don't seem to work.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)

    In iTunes disable iTunes Match while holding down the Option key. Quit iTunes, wait a few seconds, then open it gain and enable the service.

  • patrick_white Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow, thanks a million! This worked.

    Looks like the library got screwed up and disabling iTunes Match with the option key pressed forced it to flush the cache or something. After doing this I was able to remove those albums and also edit tags of music that has already been uploaded to iCloud, which is another thing that didn't work before. I just didn't complain about it, because I read somewhere that this was by purpose.


    Also, I was thinking of glueing down my option key so it's always pressed. I can't believe how many undocumented features it hides. Want to choose another library for iTunes or iPhoto? Keep alt pressed. Want to delete a song from iTunes while you're in a playlist? Keep alt pressed, and there's many more. Googling for "option key mac hidden features" actually brought up a few more interesting ones.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)

    You're welcome.

  • chrisdorlas Level 1 (5 points)

    if you go to settings-itunes, turn off the music and video's. the problem should be solved.

  • Karrifromky Level 1 (0 points)

    I Need HELP deleting music from my iPad. I think I might have deleted it but it's still there cause of my

    icloud. I really need help.! Please and thanks

  • Ricky76 Level 1 (0 points)

    Excellent, Ive been driving myself mad trying to sort this out, I never knew it was so simple.



  • Phil_clubman Level 1 (0 points)

    If i do this will it just delete the music off icloud or the entire music library off my iphone?

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 (16,785 points)

    No music will be deleted from the cloud; it will only be deleted from the iOS device. Music in the cloud cannot be deleted from the cloud from an iOS device.

  • oharamj Level 1 (5 points)

    "Music in the cloud cannot be deleted from the cloud from an iOS device."  Oh No!  Is that true?  If so, I'm screwed.


    We have two iPads, two iPhone 5s, Apple TV.  We used to have a MacBook and Mac Mini, but I just sold them off - it seemed like I could simplify life a lot by simply doing all I need on iOS and not bothering with having to also be fluent in OS X. 


    I have 7,000+ tracks up in iTunes Match.  Are you saying I can't delete or maintain my library without an OS X machine?

  • Jimzgoldfinch Level 5 (7,690 points)


    You can only manage music in iTunes Match from a computer. If you no longer have a computer you will not be able to add or delete tracks from match. (This does not apply to iTunes purchases).



  • oharamj Level 1 (5 points)

    Nuts.  We'll, I'm holding out for the rumored iPad Pro, which they hint may run both iOS and a touch version of OS X.


    I really don't want to have to keep up two different OS's.

  • oharamj Level 1 (5 points)

    Had a thought - can I manage iTunes Match from a Chromebook?

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