You want to clear songs out of your Music app but you find that some songs don’t get deleted. This is a generic problem but it has gotten worse with iOS 7. So if you find yourself in that spot, here’s something you should try.
This tutorial is aimed for users who use iCloud backup and iTunes Match. Even if you don’t use iTunes Match, this method might work for you. Read on to find out how you can delete all/some music from your iPhone/iPad.
The iTunes Match Problem
If you have iTunes Match enabled, the Music app is actually showing all of the music you own. This includes music that resides on your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, the music that resides on iCloud and the music that is within your iTunes Match account (which again is cloud storage).
If you find that swiping over an album/song does not let you delete music, here’s what you need to do:
- Open the Settings app
- Tap on Music
- Turn OFF the switch for iTunes Match
- Also, turn off the switch for “Show All Music“
- Now, quit the Music app from the task switcher.
- Restart the Music app and try deleting the songs now. If you want to delete entire albums, tap on the Album view.
- To delete all music, you can go to Settings → General → Usage → Music and tap on Edit. This brings up the delete button. Tap on it and then tap on Delete to delete all music. In iOS 8 this differs a little. Here’s how to delete all music from your iDevice in iOS 8.
Interestingly, though, this doesn’t remove music that’s on iCloud. Since you turned OFF Show All Music (so that you can delete the rest of the albums that had to go), that music is still going to be available somewhere.
If you happen to turn it back ON, you’ll notice that some music shows up on the app. This comes with the iCloud icon though – meaning, you can tap on it to download it to your device. Once you have it on your local storage, you can delete it.